Johnson wins Pebble without hitting a final shot

By Associated PressFebruary 16, 2009, 5:00 pm
2007 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. ' Some 40 hours after hitting his last shot, Dustin Johnson won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Monday when rain created a small river through one fairway and flooded greens, forcing officials to cancel the final round.
 
Johnson built a four-shot lead Saturday with a 67 at Poppy Hills, holing a 7-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that figured to give him a cushion going into the final round. But it was never played.
 
Rain and wind strong enough to topple a 40-foot tree suspended the final round Sunday, and nearly 1 1/2 inches of rain and a forecast for more gloom along the Monterey Peninsula left the PGA Tour no choice but to declare Johnson the winner.
 
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson poses with his newest trophy Monday at Pebble Beach. (Getty Images)
Johnson won at Turning Stone last year with birdies on the last two holes. This time, he won while on his way to breakfast.
 
I prepared myself that we were going to play today, he said. I did everything normal like we were going to play. I still went to have breakfast, and thats when I found out that we werent going to play. I found out from another player who actually called me and congratulated me. And I was like, What are you talking about?
 
Johnson, at 24 years and 7 months, is the youngest player to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since Tiger Woods (24 years, 1 month) in 2000. With his victory, Johnson joins Anthony Kim as the only players under 25 with two PGA Tour victories.
 
This one came at a particularly good time.
 
He moves up to No. 45 in the world, qualifying for the Accenture Match Play Championship next week. Johnson also qualified for the first two majors of the year, including his first trip to the Masters.
 
Johnson grew up in South Carolina, less than an hour away from Augusta National. Johnson has had a few offers to play the course, but each time turned them down.
 
I just really wanted to be in the tournament before I went and played it, he said.
 
Mike Weir of Canada, desperate to play knowing the conditions would be tough and sloppy, had to settle for runner-up. It would have been the second time in four years that Weir played in the final group at Pebble Beach.
 
Johnson finished at 15-under 201, the first 54-hole winner on the PGA Tour since Phil Mickelson won the BellSouth Classic outside Atlanta in 2005. That tournament concluded on a Monday.
 
This was the first time a 54-hole winner played his final shot on a Saturday since Pebble Beach in 1999, when Payne Stewart birdied his final hole for a one-shot lead. The final round was washed out Sunday and the tournament shortened because of a storm system that stretched from the California coast to the shores of Japan.
 
Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen finished alone in third.
 
The cancellation was a blow to D.J. Trahan, who was in a three-way tie for sixth going into the last round. He would have needed to finish fifth alone to qualify for the Match Play, but instead will move up to No. 66 and need two players to withdraw.
 
While it goes down in the books as a 54-hole event, Johnson looked tough to beat all week.
 
He opened with a 7-under 65 at Pebble Beach, added a 69 at Spyglass Hill to stay near the lead, then surged ahead with birdies on all the par 5s at Poppy Hills for a 67 to build a big lead.
 
Johnson now forces himself into the conversation of young stars in golf. His other victory late last year came at Turning Stone, part of the Fall Series when the stars stay away. He beat a field at Pebble that included five of the top 15 in the world.
 
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    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


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    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

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