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Jonas Blixt carved out a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the finale of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to post 15-under 272, up two spots on the day and good for solo third, two swings adrift of champion Vaughn Taylor.

After opening in 67-69-67, Blixt began his final frame on 12-under (T5) four back of 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson. He kicked off his scoring with a three-foot birdie at the par-4 third and at one point, took the outright lead on 15-under with eagle (from 12'2") at the par-5 fifth. The Swede added another with an 18'9" birdie-2 at seven, but then stalled out, playing his final 11 holes in 1-over (one birdie, two bogeys). Despite the two squares, he ends his personal best in three AT&T appearances T1 for the week in bogeys with only three, after posting blemish-free loops in rounds one and three (both for 67s). After recording just one top 10 last season in 26 events, the 31-year-old has surpassed that already with two on 10 starts thus far in 2015-16.
Feb 14 - 7:38 PM

Overnight leader Phil Mickelson settled for an even-par 36-36=72 in today's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 72-hole total of 16-under 271 (68-65-66-72), one shy of champion Vaughn Taylor who shot 65.

In a move that will puzzle most pundits, Mickelson brought in his swing coach directly following a bogey-free 65 in R3 that vaulted him into the 54-hole lead by two over Hiroshi Iwata. Whatever transpired, it didn't work as the Hall of Famer, who was vying for a record-tying fifth AT&T Pebble Beach title in his 20th appearance, finished off with a nervy four-birdie against four-bogey finale. The first signs of trouble began with an errant tee shot and approach to the third but he saved par from 7'10" before squaring back-to-back bogeys at four and five with failed scrambles. The 45-year-old bounced back from 2'11" at the par-5 sixth but missed birdie from 9'1" at seven before connecting from 4'8" for birdie-3 at eight. Another par save (from 8'7") followed at nine to turn even and later exchanged bogeys at 11 and 14 (failed scrambles) with birdie at 13 and a clutch 12-footer at 17. He had a chance from 5'1" at the last to force a playoff but lipped out.
Feb 14 - 7:15 PM

Vaughn Taylor fired a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in today's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to post the 72-hole clubhouse lead at 17-under 270, which proved to be enough for a one-shot victory over 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson and by two over Jonas Blixt.

The 447th-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking was playing this season on Past Champion status but cracked the field on Monday as first alternate. A pre-tourney 250/1 (outright) long shot improbably went on to claim his third TOUR title in his 286 pro start and notched first win since the 2005 Reno-Tahoe Open. After opening in 70-68-67, the 39-year-old began his final frame six adrift of four-time AT&T champ Mickelson. He split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.429 in putts per GIR. The Augusta, Georgia, resident circled nine (against two bogeys), including four straight on Nos. 13-16, the latter from 28'11", to come home in bogey-free 31. With the win, Taylor is now exempt on TOUR thru 2017-18 and returns to the Masters for a fourth time and first since missing the cut in 2008.
Feb 14 - 6:39 PM

Roberto Castro back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 36-38=74 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to finish off a personal best in his fifth appearance at 10-under 277, down three spots on the leaderboard and into a three-way T8.

New daddy Castro began the finale on 12-under (T5) and four back of 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson after opening rounds of 66-70-67. He exchanged two birdies with two bogeys to turn even but played the first eight holes of his inward half in birdie-less 3-over before circling his third birdie of the day at the par-5 18th from 8'5". Four of his five squares were failed scrambles and the fifth was a three-putt from 80'5". The 30-year-old split 12 (of 14) fairways but mustered just 11 greens in regulation and settled for a disappointing 2.000 putts per GIR. The Web.com Tour grad heads to Riviera CC for this week's Northern Trust Open after recording his second top 10 of the season (T4, Sanderson Farms) in his eighth start.
Feb 14 - 6:14 PM

Justin Rose submitted a 3-under-par 33-36=69 after the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to wrap his tourney debut in 12-under 275, up five spots on the board and into a two-way T6 with play winding down for the day.

Making just his third start of 2015-16 and second in 2016 proper, the Englishman began the finale on 9-under (T11) after opening his maiden Pebble Beach visit in 66-68-72. He trailed 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson by eight at the outset and made some early moves with three mid-range birdies in his first five holes, but stalled out over his final 13 holes exchanging three birdies with three bogeys, including a disappointing bogey-6 on the par-5 18th after a 16'2" birdie-2 at 17. The 35-year-old will not take top honors this week of the 18 AT&T first-timers -- that will go to rookie Hiroshi Iwata -- but he'll head to the Northern Trust Open with four steady rounds under his belt.
Feb 14 - 5:47 PM

Vaughn Taylor fired a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in today's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to conclude his ninth appearance at 17-under 270, good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

As we noted earlier in the tourney, the No. 447 in the Official World Golf Ranking is playing this season on Past Champion status but cracked the field on Monday as first alternate. He's won twice on TOUR in 285 pro starts, but not since the 2005 Reno-Tahoe Open. After opening in 70-68-67, the 39-year-old began his final frame six adrift of 54-hole leader and four-time AT&T champ Phil Mickelson. He split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.429 in putts per GIR. The Augusta, Georgia, resident circled nine (against two bogeys), including four straight on Nos. 13-16 to come home in bogey-free 31. He had good scoring chances on 17 and 18 from inside 14 feet but missed both, and now he waits.
Feb 14 - 5:29 PM

Brooks Koepka bobbed and weaved to a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a four-day tally of 10-under 277, up eight spots on the live leaderboard to T8.

Koepka finished a disappointing T41 in his first title defense at last week's WM Phoenix Open so perhaps a less pressure-filled tourney debut at Pebble Beach was just what the doctor ordered. He posted steady rounds of 68-70-69-70 and closed with six birdies against four bogeys. At last glance, the 25-year-old put up 72-hole rankings of T14 in birdies with 18 and T2 in eagles (2), but squared 12 bogeys (T57). He's looking to add his second top 10 of the season in five events along with a T3 at the Hyundai TOC. Koepka is not in next week's published field at the Northern Trust Open.
Feb 14 - 5:13 PM

Brooks Koepka bobbed and weaved to a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a four-day tally of 10-under 277, currently T8 on the leaderboard, up eight spots to T8,.

Koepka finished a disappointing T41 in his first title defense at last week's WM Phoenix Open so perhaps a less pressure-filled tourney debut at Pebble Beach was just what the doctor ordered. He posted steady rounds of 68-70-69-70 and closed with six birdies against four bogeys. At last glance, the 25-year-old put up 72-hole rankings of T14 in birdies with 18 and T2 in eagles (2), but squared 12 bogeys (T57). He's looking to add his second top 10 of the season along with a T3 at the Hyundai TOC. Koepka is not in next week's published field at the Northern Trust Open.
Feb 14 - 5:13 PM

Defending champ Brandt Snedeker signed for a 1-under-par 35-36=71 after the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to conclude his ninth appearance at 3-under 284, currently T36 on the leaderboard, up 10 places on the day.

Snedeker won his seventh TOUR title and second AT&T Pebble Beach in record-breaking 22-under last year (64-67-67-67) but didn't come close to that this season posting rounds of 72-71-70-71. He finished off his title defense with three birdies against two bogeys on Sunday and totaled 18 birdies -- currently T14 in the field -- but squared 11 bogeys (T50) and two doubles (T50). The 35-year-old struggled to find the surface on the weekend, hitting just 10 and nine greens in regulation, respectively, and at last check, ranked 45th in the field in GIR at 62.50 percent (45/72). Snedeker is not in next week's field at the Northern Trust Open and takes a break after five events in a six-week stretch that included finishes of T3-P2-Win.
Feb 14 - 4:58 PM

Lucas Glover crafted a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in today's final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 72-hole aggregate of 9-under 278, up 16 places on the live leaderboard to T13.

Glover had not made the cut in four previous tries and went nine years between his third and fourth early exit in 2014, so he cashes his first check at Pebble Beach with a top-20 finish. It's going to be his fourth top 25 of the season in his eighth start. The 36-year-old split 12 (of 14) fairways (42/55 for the week) and is currently second in driving distance (311.7 yards), a lethal combination. He circled six birdies (all from inside of 11 feet) on 13 greens in regulation for a tidy 1.545 putts per GIR and put up red numbers on all four par 5s. Glover is not in the published field at next week's Northern Trust Open.
Feb 14 - 4:36 PM

Patrick Reed smoothed a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to wrap his fourth appearance at 12-under 275, up 17 spots on the live leaderboard to T6.

The four-time TOUR winner played the first three days with eventual 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson so perhaps he was feeling left out come Sunday. He responded with seven birdies (two from between 20-25 feet) and one four-putt bogey-6 for low lap of the day thus far. At last check, his 72-hole totals on rounds of 72-65-73-65: 21 birdies (T2); nine bogeys (T35) and one double. He's currently third in greens in regulation (53/72) at 73.61 percent. Reed opened 2015-16 in T10-T7-2 before a couple of hiccups at the CareerBuilder (T56) and a mid-tourney WD at the Farmers following an 81/R3, so he looks to be back on track. He's not in the published field at next week's Northern Trust Open where James Hahn defends after winning in a playoff over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.
Feb 14 - 4:20 PM

Vaughn Taylor orchestrated a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in Saturday's third round at the Monterey Peninsula CC's Shore Course to hang 10-under 205 on the board, up five places on the day and six back of 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson.

The Web.com Tour grad, No. 447 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is playing this season on Past Champion status but cracked the field on Monday as first alternate. Making his ninth appearance, he sits T8 after 54 holes (70-68-67) and looks to improve on a personal-best T10 here last year. The 39-year-old's stats after three days: 16 birdies (T6); one eagle (T7); six bogeys (T21) and one double (T42). He's 29/41 in driving accuracy (T31) and T5 in greens in regulation (40/54), including 15 in R3. Taylor is paired with Aussie Matt Jones in R4 and both players' amateur teams made the finale.
Feb 14 - 9:42 AM

Charl Schwartzel was the obvious favourite heading into the 2016 Tshwane Open and he duly delivered the goods, closing the deal with a 7-under-par 31-32=63 for a tournament total of 16-under 264, securing a dominant victory, with nearest challenger Jeff Winther a distant 8 shots adrift.

Rusty on Thursday, superb on Friday, patient on Saturday, the 31-year-old South African was all class on Sunday. He set up the 11th European Tour victory of his career by playing the front nine in 4-under and whilst there were charges from down the field, his pre-round nearest challengers were struggling to match Schwartzel's sizzle as he opened up a 5-shot lead at the turn. On that front nine he made birdie at 2, but immediately gave the shot back at 3. His response was to play each of the last five holes before the turn in 3; a run that went par-birdie-birdie-par-eagle. A bogey on 11 was a mere blip as he then added more red at 12, 14, 16 and 18. He needed a mere 23 putts in his 63. It is his second win of the 2016 season and confirmation that his return from injury was well-timed.
Feb 14 - 9:37 AM

36-hole leader Anthony Michael carded a level-par 34-36=70 to finish solo third at the Tshwane Open on 6-under 274.

In 20 previous starts on the European Tour Michael had only once cracked the top ten and only five times made the weekend, but the exception had seen him finish second at Leopard Creek in 2010 and this was something of a repeat performance. He never looked likely to contend with runaway winner Charl Schwartzel, but nor did he look like crumbling, despite a bogey on No. 1. He added seven pars before righting the ship with an eagle-3 on 9. A birdie on 12 was sandwiched by bogeys on 11 and 13. It was a fighting final round, as evidenced by his struggles from the tee - he was just 7-for-14 in fairways hit.
Feb 14 - 9:32 AM

Jeff Winther smashed a superb 6-under-par 30-34=64 to register a tournament total of 8-under 272 and earn second place at the Tshwane Open.

It was the Challenge Tour graduate's fifth start on the European Tour and the first time he has made the cut, but he did it in some style. The Dane rattled off five birdies on the front nine at 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9. He bogied the par-5 12th, but added two more red numbers at 13 and 16 to race through the field. He hit 15 greens on Sunday and needed just 27 putts. It was a remarkable effort for a man who until this week had failed to break 72 at this level. He finished 8 shots behind the runaway winner Charl Schwartzel.
Feb 14 - 9:06 AM


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