Jordan Spieth celebrates the win at Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach, California - Although heavy rains and wind plagued the beginning
of the week at the Pebble Beach AT&T Pro Am, it was a perfectly beautiful chamber
of commerce weekend on the Monterey Peninsula for the 2017 edition of "The
Crosby Clambake" (as it was once known). Jordan Spieth, who started the day
with a six stroke advantage, executed a workman like final round to close
out his ninth PGA Tour victory. Hitting 16 of 18 greens, Spieth shot a final round
70 to finish at 19 under par and a four stroke triumph over Kelly Kraft (who shot
67 on Sunday to finish at -15).
Spieth did his best to keep the excitement to a minimum (his only birdies were
a two putt on the par-5 2nd hole & a 30 foot bomb on the iconic par-3 17th).
"We Played a lot of boring golf today, Spieth said. "In fact that was the game plan,
Micheal kept saying all day, 'Just keep playing boring golf'."
Clearly Spieth knows the history of the place, as he continues to show his
pedigree not only as a world class player, but also with his maturity: "This
is a bucket-list place to win - here, Augusta National, St.Andrews, there's
only a few in the world. It feels really special. It was amazing walking up
the 18th green knowing we were going to win. It's such a unique position,
I tried to soak it in."
The only player in history to have more wins than Jordan Spieth before turning
24 years old is Tiger Woods who won 15 times before turning 24 on December
Spieth vaulted to third in the Fedex Cup standings behind Hideki Matsuyama
and Justin Thomas.
Dustin Johnson finished solo 3rd at 14 under par after a final round 68.
Scott McCarron hoists the trophy at Broke Sound Club's Old Course
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Allianz Championship was good to the last shot.
Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 18th hole Sunday, making a 6-foot putt
after a brilliant approach, to win the Allianz Championship by a shot over
Kenny Perry and Carlos Franco.
McCarron used his length, needing just a 7-iron from 179 yards after a
booming drive, to finish off a 5-under 67 that left him at 17-under 199
after three trips around The Old Course at Broken Sound.
McCarron, who was second on the PGA TOUR Champions last year with
15 eagles, made a 100-foot putt at the seventh hole for an eagle to move
him into the lead. After a bogey at 16 dropped him one back, McCarron
thrilled the crowd at the final hole with his shot that cleared the front
bunker and stopped below the hole "I figured, why not make another
eagle?" said McCarron, who earned $262,500 for this third win on the
PGA TOUR Champions. "I couldn't see the shot because we were right
into the sun, but it felt good. I knew it was good."