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Walker Hangs on at Pebble Beach
Jimmy Walker made things interesting in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Staking himself to a six-stroke lead after handling the wet, blustery weather on California's superbly with rounds of 66, 69 and 67, the 35-year-old Texan was shaky Sunday.
But after carding five bogeys and three bogeys, Walker two-putted for par for a 2-over 74 on the famed 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links to finish at 11-under 276, a stroke ahead of two-time AT&T winner Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner, who carded 66 and 67, respectively.
The victory was Walker's third in the PGA Tour's new 2013-14 schedule. His previous titles came in October's Frys.com Open and the Sony Open in January.
"Drama . . . good TV," Walker quipped to CBS Sports' David Feherty at greenside about his erratic final round and the tense 5-foot, winning par putt on the 18th. "I was hitting it pretty good (but had problems) with the touch stuff.
"I've been working really hard and it's nice to see this happen," added Walker, who earned $1.88 million and 500 FedEx Cup points.
He's the fourth player to win his third title of the year in eight starts or less - joining Phil Mickelson (2005), David Duval (1999) and Tiger Woods (2013, '08, '07, '05, '03, '01 and '00) - since the 1999 season.
Johnson, who won the AT&T in 2009 and 2010, carded seven birdies, an eagle on the par-5 second hole and three bogeys Sunday. Renner, a 30-year-old from Massachusetts, had seven birdies and a pair of bogeys.
After an uncharacteristically poor 6-over 78 at Pebble Beach on Saturday, the normally steady Jordan Spieth turned things around Sunday with a 67 at the same course to end up tied for fourth at 279 with Kevin Na (69).
Hunter Mahan shot 72 for solo sixth at 280, while another stroke back were Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell (67), Pat Perez (71) and New Zealand's Tim Wilkinson (73).
Bryce Molder (70), Chesson Hadley (71) and Richard H. Lee (73) shared 10th at 282.
Four-time AT&T winner Phil Mickelson closed with a 2-over 74 to fall into a tie for 19th at 3-under 284.
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