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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

02/06/14,Thursday

It took him three hours to finally tee off, but when he did, Andrew Loupe made the most of his round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Thursday.

Loupe's 8-under round included just two birdies that came from more than 10 feet away. He missed just one fairway during the round.

Loupe leads the field by two strokes over Stuart Appleby, Jim Renner, Richard Lee and Scott Gardiner, who all shot 6-under 65s. Phil Mickelson, who has won this event four times, was at 5-under when the round was called for darkness while he was on No. 15.

02/07/14, Friday

In Texas, there's an old saying that if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes, it'll change.

Rain and wind were the flavor of the day at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday, but neither one of them could slow down Texans Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth, who sit atop the leaderboard at 9-under.

Pebble Beach is perhaps the most unique spot on the tour given that is has three courses, which each player plays.

Walker shot a 3-under 69 at Spyglass Hill. Spieth fired a 4-under 67 at Monterrey Peninsula, generally thought of as the easiest of the three courses.

Spieth overcame bogeys on No. 5 and 18, but countered that with six birdies, including three in a four-hole span between No. 10 and 13.

The pair are a stroke ahead of Hunter Mahan, who was 4-under for the day and is 8-under for the tournament with a pair of 68s.

Day One leader Andrew Loupe fell back to fourth by struggling to a 1-over 73 following his first-day 63. Similarly, Richard Lee, who started the day in second place at 6-under, shot an even par 72 and fell to fifth.

The biggest moves on the day came from Ryan Palmer and Dudley Hart. Palmer started the day in 97th, but shot a 5-under 66 to jump into a tie for sixth with Hart, who was 4-under for the day.

British Open champion Phil Mickelson struggled to a 1-over 73 to fall to a tie for 17th at 4-under.


02/08/14, Saturday

Jimmy Walker has one of the more ironic names in golf, sharing it with a 1970s American TV comedic character.

If he keeps playing like he has been the last two months, including through the first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he'll more than make a name for himself.

Walker made five straight birdies at one point on Saturday to open up a six-stroke lead entering Sunday's final round. Walker already has two wins this season, including last month in Honolulu.

The last time a player led as many as six strokes was 2005 when Phil Mickelson led by seven strokes entering the last 18 holes.

Mickelson won the tournament by four strokes.
Walker's co-leader, Jordan Spieth, tumbled to a 7-over 78, dropping him out of the Top 10 to 3-under for the tournament.

Walker's closest competition entering Sunday is Australia's Tim Wilkinson and the US' Hunter Mahan, each at 7-under. Wilkinson shot a 2-under 69 on the day, Mahan was 1-over.

Scores in the 70s were much the norm for the afternoon, part of the reason for Walker's big lead.

Richard Lee is fourth at 6-under, followed by a three-way tie for fifth of Kevin Na, Blake Adams and Mickelson.


02/09/14, Sunday

It wasn't the cakewalk it appeared to be heading into Sunday's final round, but it was still a victory for Jimmy Walker Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Walker's one-stroke win, which came thanks to his 5-foot par putt on No. 18 to finish with a 2-over 74, is his third win in the first eight tournaments of the 2013-2014 season.

In the last 20 years, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Duval have won as many as three tournaments among the first eight of a season.

Walker was anything but dynamite for most of the final round, committing five bogeys, including three in a four-hole stretch. He just barely held off Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner, who came charging down the stretch.

Johnson who was 4-under at the start of the day, notched an eagle on No. 2 to kickstart his day, and ended up firing seven birdies in the round, but three bogeys held him back.

Johnson finished with a 6-under 66, Renner with a 5-under 67 to finish tied for second at 10-under.

After a miserable 78 on Saturday that knocked him out of contention for the title, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth rallied to shoot a 5-under 67 that allowed him to rally up the leaderboard to an 8-under finish, tied for fourth with Kevin Na.

Spieth had an eagle and three birdies on the day. Hunter Mahan finished sixth at 7-under, followed by a trio tied at 6-under of Graeme McDowell, Pat Perez and Tim Wilkinson.

British Open champion Phil Mickelson finished tied for 19th at 3-under, struggling to a 3-over 74 on Sunday.

Tournament Recap

Jimmy Walker won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by firing an 11-under 66-69-67-74 - 276 on Sunday.

Doing so put him in exceptionally rare air on the PGA Tour over the last 20 years. He's only the fourth player in that time span to win three or more events among the first eight of PGA season.

Of course, it's been a bit different for Walker than those before him, given that the current season started in October and is now just eight weeks old in mid-February.

Nevertheless, if Walker can emulate the other three men who have achieved his feat before him: David Duval, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, he's in for one whale of a season.

David Duval was the first to achieve this feat in the last 20 years, doing so in 1999 by taking the Mercedes Championship, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, The Players Championships and the BellSouth Classic between January 10 and April 4 of that season.

Duval didn't win any other titles that year, but he finished in the Top 10 eight other times, only missed one cut, was on the winning Ryder Cup team and earned $3.82 million.

A year later, Tiger Woods matched Duval's feat, in what was arguably the greatest year of his career.

Woods won the Mercedes Championship, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and the Bay Hill Invitational between January 9 and March 19, averaging nearly 17 strokes under par in the trio of wins.

Woods won six more times hat year, finishing in the top 10 a staggering 17 times and earning $9.19 million.

Woods repeated the feat in 2003, needing only five weeks to take a trio of wins at the Buick Invitational, the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship and Bay Hill.

It was the beginning of another phenomenal year for Woods, as he won two more tournaments, won the President's Cup, 12 Top 10 finishes and won $6.67 million.

It was Mickelson's time to shine in 2005, winning the FBR Open, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the BellSouth Classic between February and April.

He went on to win the PGA Championship, won the President's Cup, finished in the Top 10 nine times and won $5.7 million.

Woods accomplished the feat for a third time in 2008, taking the Buick Invitational ,the WCG Accenture Match Play Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in a six-week stretch.

This was the year Woods missed almost all of injury, but he was magnificent when he did play - six events, six Top 10 finishes, four wins and a rather stunning $5.75 million.



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