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Triplett defends First Tee Open title at Pebble Beach

Kirk Triplett
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KILDARE, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Caddy Steve Williams discusses a shot with Tiger Woods of USA during the morning fourballs of the first day of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The K Club on September 22, 2006 in Straffan, Co. Kildare, Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)  - 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Kirk Triplett successfully defended his First Tee Open title Sunday at Pebble Beach, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Doug Garwood and Dan Forsman.

Three strokes behind leader Tom Lehman entering the round, Triplett finished at 11-under 205 for his second career Champions Tour title. Last year, the three-time PGA Tour winner overcame a four-shot deficit.

Garwood, a Monday qualifier making his fourth career start on the 50-and-over tour, and Forsman each shot 69. Lehman was fourth at 8 under after a 74.