Tour Tracker: Walker wins at Pebble Beach
Sunday, February 9, 2014
PHOTOS: Final round, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
See the action, emotion and scenery of the final round at the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Jimmy Walker conquered a talent-loaded field and Mother Nature's rugged conditions to win the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Coming down the stretch Sunday two shots ahead of Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner, Walker bogeyed the 17th – then with a one-shot lead played it safe for a clutch par at the last to seal the win despite a 3-over 39 back-nine performace.
Johnson had put the pressure on with the best round of the day, a 66.
Recap the final-round action right here – and scroll down for our tournament coverage to date.
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Update #22: 7:25 p.m. EST
Coming off that bogey, leader Jimmy Walker plays three iron shots down the par-5 18th – two in the right rough, the approach onto the green. Walker then hits his first putt past the hole – but his comebacker rolls true, however, and falls in the hole as Walker takes the win.
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Update #21: 7:09 p.m. EST
Leader Jimmy Walker leaves a birdie putt well short at the par-3 17th, then slides his par try past on the high side and makes bogey – his lead shrinking to one shot over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner, but with a par 5 left to play.
Phil Mickelson wraps up his week with a 2-over 74 that sends him in at 3 under, good for T-19 as things stand.
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Update #20: 6:59 p.m. EST
Stuart Appleby, in the lead mix on Thursday, finishes with a par on No. 9 for a 72 that gets him to the clubhouse at even par, good for T-35 among nine others including veterans David Duval and Jim Furyk.
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Update #19: 6:44 p.m. EST
Jim Renner wedges it close at the par-5 18th and makes the short birdie putt to finish with the day's third 67 (Jordan Spieth, Graeme McDowell), including a back-nine 31.
Leader Jimmy Walker maintains his two-shot lead, however, with a par at the 15th.
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Update #18: 6:31 p.m. EST
There's a battle of par 5s going on as Dustin Johnson wraps up his round at the 18th and leader Jimmy Walker plays the 14th. Both hit tremendous drives. Walker goes over the back of the 14th green with his approach, while Johnson finds the front of the 18th green. Walker's chip back comes up about 10 feet short, from where he lips out and settles for par. Johnson faces an eagle try just longer than 30 feet, which settles low and short for a tap-in – which wraps up a final-round 66 that gives Johnson the day's low round and pulls him to two shots back of Walker's lead.
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Update #17: 6:06 p.m. EST
Jimmy Walker bogeys for the fourth time today with a three-putt at No. 13 to slip to 12 under – his lead shrinking by another shot, yet still in good shape with five to play.
Dustin Johnson birdies at No. 16 to pull within three shots of leader Jimmy Walker, T-2 alongside Jim Renner at 9 under. Johnson hit his second shot on the par 4 to about 10 feet and sank the putt.
Graeme McDowell ties Jordan Spieth for low round of the day with a 67 that carries him to 6 under, good for seventh as he heads in.
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Update #16: 5:52 p.m. EST
For every birdie from leader Jimmy Walker today, there has been a bogey; missing the green at the par-3 12th and failing to get up and down drops Walker back to even par for the day. His lead shrinks to four shots – as Jim Renner birdies No. 15 after hitting his approach inside 5 feet and climbing to 9 under, good for solo second a shot ahead of Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Jordan Spieth.
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Update #15: 5:38 p.m. EST
At No. 11, leader Jimmy Walker jars another birdie putt. It's his third of the day, against two bogeys – which is good enough for a six-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Jim Renner and Jordan Spieth. The latter of those two closed with a birdie at the 18th for a bogey-free 67 – his third of the week, at that, against a costly third-round 78 that perhaps kept today from being a contest.
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Update #14: 5:19 p.m. EST
A five-way tie for third builds at 7 under: Dustin Johnson, Richard H. Lee, Jim Renner, Jordan Spieth and Tim Wilkinson. Spieth has just one hole to play while Wilkinson recently made the turn.
Wilkinson then bogeys the 10th to drop to 6 under. Playing in the same group, leader Jimmy Walker also bogeys to drop to 13 under, five shots ahead of Hunter Mahan.
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Update #13: 5:05 p.m. EST
A par putt inside 5 feet at No. 9 keeps leader Jimmy Walker at 14 under, six shots clear of the field. Walker started the week No. 34 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings – with everyone having made the turn in the final round, let's check in on players who started the week in the top 30:
- 6. Jason Day: MDF (68-77-71)
- 14. Phil Mickelson: T-13, 4 under through 10 holes
- 15. Jim Furyk: T-40, even par through 17 holes
- 17. Hunter Mahan: Second, 8 under through nine holes
- 21. Jordan Spieth: T-3, 7 under through 17 holes
- 22. Charley Hoffman: MC (73-78-78)
- 23. Chris Kirk: T-17, 4 under after a 68 (MP)
- 26. Brendon Todd: T-46, 1 under through 12 holes
- 28. K.J. Choi: MC (69-75-75)
- 30. Dustin Johnson: T-3, 7 through 13 holes
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Update #13: 4:49 p.m. EST
Leader Jimmy Walker is errant off the tee at No. 9 and misses the green short and left, but after some missteps behind him in the field it might not matter anytime soon.
Hunter Mahan bogeys at No. 9 to slip to 8 under, while Dustin Johnson bogeys at No. 12 to slip to 7 under.
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Update #12: 4:37 p.m. EST
After five straight pars, Jimmy Walker birdies No. 8 and stretches his lead to five shots over Hunter Mahan.
Dustin Johnson's birdie at No. 11, his third in four holes, to move into solo third at 8 under.
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Update #11: 4:07 p.m. EST
Couple of moves from Hunter Mahan and Dustin Johnson: Mahan birdies the par-5 No. 6 hole to move to 9 under. Johnson, meanwhile, birdies at No. 9, his second in a row, to move to 7 under and T-3 alongside Tim Wilkinson.
Those two upward moves come as leader Jimmy Walker, at 13 under, finds trouble off the tee at No. 6. A solid recovery shot gets him near the green in two, but he can't get up and down – and settles for par.
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Update #10: 3:42 p.m. EST
Jim Renner moves to T-4 with birdies at Nos. 3 and 5 lifting him to 6 under. Renner, a Johnson & Wales product, made his first cut of the season this week.
Dustin Johnson also moves to 6 under with a birdie at No. 8. Renner and Johnson are alongside Jordan Spieth on that mark – seven back of leader Jimmy Walker, who pars No. 4.
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Update #9: 3:22 p.m. EST
Leader Jimmy Walker, a Baylor product, pars the third hole to remain 13 under. He's five shots ahead of Hunter Mahan and Tim Wilkinson.
Jordan Spieth cards three straight pars after making the turn and remains 6 under, T-4 alongside Kevin Na.
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Update #8: 2:53 p.m. EST
Jimmy Walker erases his opening bogey with a birdie at the par-5 2nd, sending his lead back to five shots.
Walker is No. 35 in the current Official World Golf Rankings.
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Update #7: 2:50 p.m. EST
And just like that, the lead is down to four.
Hunter Mahan takes advantage of the par-5 2nd hole with a birdie to move to 8 under and take over second place by himself.
Mahan has five career Tour victories, but hasn't won since the 2012 Shell Houston Open.
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Update #6: 2:40 p.m. EST
Jordan Spieth is showing his resolve, making the turn at 3 under on the round and is now 6 under, just six back of Walker. A day after a 78, Spieth eagled No. 2 and birdied No. 9. He'll likely need to add four or five more and hope for some help.
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Update #5: 2:35 p.m. EST
Phil Mickelson gets to the par-5 2nd in two and two-putts for a birdie to move to within six shots at 6 under.
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Update #4: 2:30 p.m. EST
Things just got a bit more interesting.
Leader Jimmy Walker picks up only his second bogey of the week, failing to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker at No. 1 and he drops back to 12 under, five ahead of Hunter Mahan and Tim Wilkinson.
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Update #3: 2:10 p.m. EST
Phil Mickelson has plenty of work to do on Sunday, starting the day eight shots back. He gave himself a shot at birdie on the par-4 1st, sticking a nice approach to about 8 feet under the hole, but hits it a bit too firm and has to settle for a par. Won't be able to miss many of those today, barring a collapse by Walker.
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Update #2: 2 p.m. EST
Dustin Johnson jumped to within seven shots with an eagle at No. 2, chipping in from the fringe after a beautiful tee ball.
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Update #1: 1:35 p.m. EST
The leader, Jimmy Walker, is slated to tee off at 2:15 p.m. EST and will start the day with a six-shot lead over Hunter Mahan and Tim Wilkinson.
Early on, Jordan Spieth is also trying to make some noise, as the 36-hole co-leader picked up an eagle at No. 2 to jump back to 5 under, but is still seven back. Spieth faltered with a 78 in the third round after back-to-back 67s to start the tournament.
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Saturday's Tour coverage
Strong winds wreaked havoc during Saturday's third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, especially in the area of the sixth green and seventh tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth entered the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tied for the lead. But while Walker carded a 4-under 67 at Monterey Peninsula to take a six-shot lead at 13 under, Spieth was 5 over through 15 holes, 4 under overall, before darkness suspended play.
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Friday's Tour coverage
• 5 Things: Spieth, Walker move to lead
According to the weatherman, Friday was supposed to be the better weather day than Thursday. It wasn’t. All three courses played over par, with Pebble Beach playing the hardest. But even with the high scores, some played well.
PHOTOS: Day 2 at Pebble Beach Pro-Am
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• 'Humming' wind packs punch in second round
Robert Garrigus stood on the first tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links and took stock of the calm. “Perfect,” he said, nodding his approval at the lack of wind and the relative warmth halfway through his second round. Little did Garrigus know how quickly that would change – and how dramatically more difficult things would become.
• Tour Tracker: J. Spieth, J. Walker share Pebble lead
Jimmy Walker, a two-time PGA Tour winner this season, shot 69 at Spyglass Hill – while Jordan Spieth, looking for his first win since last year's John Deere Classic, shot 67 at Monterey Peninsula-South.
Five of this week's top six OWGR players will head to Bay Hill for the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational, with the tournament announcing that reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose and reigning Masters champion Adam Scott have committed to the field.
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Thursday's Tour coverage
With Mother Nature causing havoc in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am, Andrew Loupe bested the field with a stunning 63 and leads by two shots over some veterans and a couple of young guys. Sitting at 6 under and two shots back are Jimmy Walker, Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Scott Gardner and Richard H. Lee. Here are 5 Things to know.
PHOTOS: Pebble Beach Pro-Am first round in rain
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He stops short of calling it a comeback and it’s not like he’s “rebuilding” his career. More accurate to say that “I’m trying to improve upon the things I’ve done well in my career,” said Stuart Appleby. And while it’s been a distinguished one – what with nine PGA Tour victories and nearly $28 million in career earnings – the 42-year-old Aussie thinks there’s more left.
Normally, cold, wind, and rain wouldn’t register as news in these parts – and especially so during this famed pro-am – but in this dry, warm winter of 2013-14, it is headline stuff. In the throes of a drought that has lasted months, the rain is seen as much-needed – and to heck with any inconvenience brought upon the PGA Tour.
After a week of rowdiness in the desert at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour found an old foe in rain at Pebble Beach – where golfing celebrities on hand for the AT&T Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am saw Andrew Loupe move to the top of the first-round leaderboard with an 8-under 63.
With the first round suspended because of darkness, Loupe leads five players by two shots.
Tiger Woods announced via his website Thursday that his next three tournaments are set – with the Honda Classic near his Jupiter, Fla., home among three "Florida Swing" events he'll play. The WGC-Accenture Match Play, meanwhile, is out.
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Graeme McDowell will make his return to Pebble Beach this week for the first time since his 2010 U.S. Open victory, and he'll share the experience with his father.
Jordan Spieth has set the golf world on fire over the past year, but the 20-year-old knows he has plenty to learn if he is going to continue to win on the world's biggest stage – the PGA Tour.
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