Spieth Cruises to Four-Shot Victory at Pebble Beach

After Jordan Spieth shot matching 65s in rounds 2 and 3 to bring a six-stroke lead into the final round, the field desperately needed him to have an un-Spieth-like round 4. Unfortunately for them, Spieth refused to give up an inch.

 
With two birdies and 16 pars, Spieth (-19) coasted to his first victory since last May, taking the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes over Kelly Kraft.

Reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Dustin Johnson finished in third, five strokes behind Spieth.

 
It wasn’t the most exciting final round, but Pebble Beach is so mesmerizing, it doesn’t always need excitement.

Final Top 10

1: Jordan Spieth -19
2: Kelly Kraft -15
3: Dustin Johnson -14
4: Brandt Snedeker -13
T5: Gary Woodland, Jason Day, Jon Rahm -12
T8: Seung-Yul Noh, Rob Oppenheim -9
T10: Cameron Percy, Kevin Kisner, Nick Taylor, Mackenzie Hughes -8

Other Notables

T14: Pat Perez, Nick Watney -7
T23: Patrick Reed, Steve Stricker, J.B. Holmes -6
T39: Adam Hadwin, Justin Rose -4
65: Phil Mickelson +1

How Spieth Did It

By playing so well in the first three rounds, Spieth was able to put on the prevent defense and enjoy the sights and sounds in round 4. Kelly Kraft went on a furious front nine tear, playing his first six holes in -4, but he was too far back to put any serious pressure on the young Texan.

 
Spieth hit 9 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation, which helped him stay out of trouble, not carding a single bogey on the day. This was the first career AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am victory for the 23-year-old superstar.

What It Means For Spieth

Coming off a two-win major-less season that was good, but not great by his standards, this start to 2017 is a clear message to the league that 2015 Jordan Spieth is back. In just four events this season, all since 2017 started, Spieth has one win, two 3rd place finishes, and a T9 – shooting double-digits under par in all four.

 
All the early season talk had been about Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas, but now the attention goes back in Spieth’s direction.

Leaving Pebble Beach Happy

World #1 Jason Day had a very ugly front nine on Saturday with four bogeys and a double, but outside of that, Day looked every bit his lofty ranking, finishing T8 after a final round five-under 67.

 
That makes three sub-70 rounds, including a second round 64, so the rest from the late season layoff seems to have been shaken off.

Injuries have limited Nick Watney to just 10 starts over the past two seasons, but for the first time in years, Watney looked healthy and he played well, shooting -7 for the week, placing him in a tie for 14th.

Gary Woodland was very unimpressive in the first two rounds, going 70-73 and barely making the cut. He put his foot to the floor on the weekend, however, and his final round 65 included ten birdies. It led to his third top-10 in six events this season.

Shaking Their Heads

Fan favorite Phil Mickelson has been mostly in good form since coming back from two offseason hernia surgeries, but his Sunday back-nine is one he will want to forget. Three-under-par through nine, Phil’s back nine included no birdies, two bogeys, a double-bogey, and a snowman. He finished with a five-over 77, plummeting 37 spots down the leaderboard in the process.

 
Matching Phil’s 77 was Kevin Chappell, who started the day in the top 10. Chappell birdied four holes, but four bogeys, a double, and a triple tanked his Sunday.

Adam Hadwin has been the breakthrough Canadian in 2017, but he will not be happy about bookend 73s at Pebble Beach.

Pro-Am

This year’s pro-am winner was the team of Ken Duke and TV host Carson Daly. After going 61-63-63 over the last three rounds, Duke/Daly finished at -33 and won by two strokes over Kevin Streelman and NFL wideout Larry Fitzgerald.

 
Pebble Beach favorite Bill Murray, who was with his regular pro-am partner, D.A. Points, finished in a tie for 14th at -22.

NFL head coach Bill Belichick, who had to team up with someone other than Tom Brady (Ricky Barnes), missed the cut, but will probably still sleep well tonight.

Quotable

“It’s unbelievable. We had just a fantastic weekend, and after the horrid first couple of days, we just kind of had to trek through. Big hand to the superintendents of the courses and the grounds crew, long hours; it was a beautiful setting for the finish.”
Jordan Spieth, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Champion

Final Standings

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

PosNameTo ParMoney
1Jordan Spieth-19$1,296,000
2Kelly Kraft-15$777,600
3Dustin Johnson-14$489,600
4Brandt Snedeker-13$345,600
5Jason Day-12$262,800
5Jon Rahm-12$262,800
5Gary Woodland-12$262,800
8Seung-yul Noh-9$216,000
8Rob Oppenheim-9$216,000
10Mackenzie Hughes-8$172,800
10Kevin Kisner-8$172,800
10Cameron Percy-8$172,800
10Nick Taylor-8$172,800
14Martin Flores-7$108,160
14Shane Lowry-7$108,160
14Will MacKenzie-7$108,160
14Trey Mullinax-7$108,160
14Geoff Ogilvy-7$108,160
14Pat Perez-7$108,160
14Scott Stallings-7$108,160
14Kevin Streelman-7$108,160
14Nick Watney-7$108,160
23Luke Donald-6$56,520
23Ken Duke-6$56,520
23Derek Fathauer-6$56,520
23Tony Finau-6$56,520
23Robert Garrigus-6$56,520
23J.B. Holmes-6$56,520
23Matt Jones-6$56,520
23Jason Kokrak-6$56,520
23Patrick Reed-6$56,520
23Steve Stricker-6$56,520
33Brett Drewitt-5$38,040
33Julian Etulain-5$38,040
33Brad Fritsch-5$38,040
33Andres Gonzales-5$38,040
33Brandon Hagy-5$38,040
33Tag Ridings-5$38,040
39Alex Cejka-4$26,640
39Adam Hadwin-4$26,640
39Tom Hoge-4$26,640
39Chris Kirk-4$26,640
39Henrik Norlander-4$26,640
39D.A. Points-4$26,640
39Seamus Power-4$26,640
39Justin Rose-4$26,640
39Tim Wilkinson-4$26,640
48Ricky Barnes-3$17,897
48Zac Blair-3$17,897
48Patrick Cantlay-3$17,897
48Kevin Chappell-3$17,897
48Joel Dahmen-3$17,897
48Rory Sabbatini-3$17,897
48Kevin Tway-3$17,897
55Stewart Cink-2$16,416
55Scott Piercy-2$16,416
55Jimmy Walker-2$16,416
58Jonas Blixt-1$15,912
58Scott Brown-1$15,912
58James Hahn-1$15,912
58Richy Werenski-1$15,912
62Mark HubbardE$15,408
62Rick LambE$15,408
62Scott LangleyE$15,408
65Phil Mickelson1$15,120
66Tyler AldridgeDNF$14,184
66Rich Berberian, Jr.DNF$14,184
66Ryan BrehmDNF$14,184
66Jim FurykDNF$14,184
66Brian GayDNF$14,184
66Martin LairdDNF$14,184
66Steve MarinoDNF$14,184
66William McGirtDNF$14,184
66Sean O'HairDNF$14,184
66J.T. PostonDNF$14,184
66Xander SchauffeleDNF$14,184
66Robert StrebDNF$14,184
-Stuart ApplebyMC$12,528
-Chad CollinsMC$12,528
-Beau HosslerMC$12,528
-Sung KangMC$12,528
-Greg OwenMC$12,528
-Chez ReavieMC$12,528
-Sam SaundersMC$12,528
-John SendenMC$12,528
-Webb SimpsonMC$12,528
-J.J. SpaunMC$12,528
-Chris StroudMC$12,528
-Steven AlkerMC$10,944
-Mark AndersonMC$10,944
-David HearnMC$10,944
-Morgan HoffmannMC$10,944
-Whee KimMC$10,944
-Matt KucharMC$10,944
-Ben MartinMC$10,944
-Troy MerrittMC$10,944
-Michael PutnamMC$10,944
-Cameron SmithMC$10,944
-Michael ThompsonMC$10,944
-Roberto CastroMC$916
-K.J. ChoiMC$916
-Bob EstesMC$916
-Padraig HarringtonMC$916
-Charley HoffmanMC$916
-Hiroshi IwataMC$916
-Hunter MahanMC$916
-Bryce MolderMC$916
-Daniel SummerhaysMC$916
-Cameron TringaleMC$916
-Tyrone Van AswegenMC$916
-Ryan ArmourMC$0
-Ryan BlaumMC$0
-Bryson DeChambeauMC$0
-David DuvalMC$0
-Gonzalo Fernandez-CastanoMC$0
-Ryan PalmerMC$0
-Brian StuardMC$0
-Vaughn TaylorMC$0
-Greg ChalmersMC$0
-Cody GribbleMC$0
-Jim HermanMC$0
-Grayson MurrayMC$0
-C.T. PanMC$0
-Mike WeirMC$0
-Bobby WyattMC$0
-Jason BohnMC$0
-Dominic BozzelliMC$0
-Nicholas LindheimMC$0
-Sebastian MunozMC$0
-Brendon ToddMC$0
-Billy Hurley IIIMC$0
-Peter MalnatiMC$0
-Nicholas ThompsonMC$0
-Brett ColettaMC$0
-Andrew JohnstonMC$0
-Smylie KaufmanMC$0
-Jerry KellyMC$0
-Brendon de JongeMC$0
-Max HomaMC$0
-Spencer LevinMC$0
-Zack SucherMC$0
-Miguel Angel CarballoMC$0
-Matt EveryMC$0
-Andrew LoupeMC$0
-Rod PamplingMC$0
-Neal LancasterMC$0
-Jonathan RandolphMC$0
-Brett StegmaierMC$0
-Si Woo KimMC$0
-Steven BowditchMC$0
-Vijay SinghMC$0
-Brian CampbellMC$0
-Ray OtisMC$0
-J.J. HenryWD$0
-Steve WheatcroftWD$0

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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