Spieth back to winning ways at Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Jordan Spieth captured his first win of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday with back-to-back rounds of 65 followed by a tradesman-like Sunday 70 for a four stroke win.
The two-time major winner went into the final round with a six-shot lead after a birdie barrage in the third round and he got the job done on the final day to finish on 19 under.
2011 US Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft came second on 15-under after making six birdies and a single bogey in his round of 67 while Dustin Johnson was third a shot further back. The $777,600 for second place was nearly double Kraft’s earnings from his rookie season last year. He also earned a spot at Riviera next week in the Genesis Open.
It was Spieth’s first win on the PGA Tour since the Dean & DeLuca Invitational last May and his first win since the Australian Open in November on the Australasian Tour.
Whilst his final round 70 was not that spectacular, it certainly got the job done.
“I played a lot of boring golf today and that’s exactly what we needed,” said Spieth. “That’s a dream round when you’re leading by a bunch.”
“I remember walking up 18 today thinking to myself, ‘I don’t think that I’ve enjoyed the wins as much as I’ve talked to myself about the losses,” Spieth said. “I don’t think I’ve really enjoyed on the inside how much it takes to win out here and the hard work that goes into winning.”
The win came in Spieth’s 100th start as a pro on the Tour (Woods won 28 of his first 100). And the victory also was the seventh consecutive on Tour by a player in their 20s, the longest streak since 1970.
Spieth is still just 23 years, 6 months and 16 days old and this is already his ninth PGA Tour victory. Only Tiger Woods (23 years, 5 months, 7 days) reached nine PGA Tour wins at a younger age since 1945.
Spieth has four top-10s in his four starts this year and already appears to be peaking as the Masters gets closer. He has shot under par in all 16 rounds he has played this year, 17 in a row dating back to the Tour Championship last year.
Jason Day might have contended for the win had it not been for a third round of 75, yet he was able to still finish in a tie for fifth thanks to first and second rounds of 69 and 64 and a closing 67.
Cameron Percy secured a top-10 finish, moving six places with a final round 69 to finish at 8-under, with Geoff Ogilvy in a share of 14th position at 7-under. Matt Jones was at 6-under and a share of 23rd position, with Brett Drewitt moved up twenty places after a final round 68 to share 33rd position.
Stuart Appleby, John Senden, Cameron Smith, Greg Chalmers, Brett Cloetta, Rod Pampling and Steven Bowditch all missing the cut.