Monday, November 23, 2009

Mark Brooks wins third Pebble Beach Invitational title

PEBBLE BEACH, California (AP): Mark Brooks won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational for a record third time, birdieing three of the last four holes on Sunday for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory from Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points.
The 48-year-old Brooks, the 1996 US PGA Championship winner, had a 12-under 276 total and became the first three-time winner in the tournament's 38-year history. The seven-time winner on the US Tour also won the unofficial money event in 1992 and 2002.
"I believe I had only four bogeys the entire week and two of those were on short putts," said Brooks, who had two bogeys and seven birdies in his last round, including a 16-footer at the 18th.
"I kept the ball on the fairway and that's always been what I do best."
The 20-year-old former Walker Cup player and US college circuit player Fowler closed with a 69, and Points birdied the final two holes en route a 65,the best round of the day at Pebble Beach.
Brooks earned $60,000 from the $300,000 purse.

"I've been coming here for almost 30 years," said Brooks, whose best PGA Tour finish this season was a tie for 10th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. "I hit a lot of good iron shots and I could have played bogey-free."
Fowler, who had two top-10 finishes in the final month of the PGA Tour season, trailed Brooks by two shots after four holes. The two players exchanged leads until Brooks took the lead for good with a birdie on the 16th.
"He made some putts down the stretch. There wasn't much I could do," Fowler said.
Points made it close at the end.
"I knew I had to be aggressive," said Points. "I was trying for eagle on the final hole. I thought it would get me into a playoff."
Mina Harigae shot a 68 to finish at 6 under. She was the only one of the four women in the field to make the cut.

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