Sunday's roundup: Spieth finds groove at Pebble

Associated Press

Pebble Beach, Calif. — Jordan Spieth kept it simple Sunday afternoon and won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the ninth PGA Tour title of his young career.

Spieth started with a six-shot lead and no one got closer than three all day. He putted for birdie on all but one hole and closed with a 2-under 70 for a four-shot victory over former U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, who shot a final-round 67.

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson shot 68 to finish third.

The scenery was as spectacular as it gets on the Monterey Peninsula. The final round was on the dull side, and that was just fine with Spieth.

“That’s a dream round when you’re leading by a bunch,” Spieth said.

It was his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the Masters, where he lost a five-shot lead on the back nine at Augusta National. The 23-year-old Texan ran off 14 straight pars until a 30-foot birdie on the par-3 17th. That allowed for an easy walk up the 18th, a closing hole even more gorgeous with a four-shot lead.

Spieth’s only other birdie was on the par-5 second when he two-putted from 12 feet.

One day after he took only 23 putts on the bumpy greens of Pebble Beach, Spieth didn’t make hard anything, and didn’t look to be trying to make them from above the hole to avoid putting himself in a position to drop shots.

No one could put any pressure on him over the opening seven holes, which is where rallies begin at Pebble Beach.

Two-time Pebble Beach winner Brandt Snedeker, playing in the final group with Spieth, managed three birdies through six holes to get within four shots. But he narrowly missed birdie chances on the fifth and seventh holes, and he fell back with a bogey on the ninth. Snedeker closed with nine straight pars for a 70 to finish fourth.

Kraft, a close friend of Spieth’s from Dallas, ran off four straight birdies on the front nine, and his birdie at No. 11 got him to within three shots. His last hope was missing an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.

Spieth said caddie Michael Greller told him on every tee, “Keep playing boring golf.”

“I don’t like boring golf,” he said. “But that’s what was needed today.”

He played the final 28 holes without a bogey.

The only disappointment for Spieth was not winning the pro-am with country singer Jake Owen. They tied for third, four shots behind Ken Duke and Carson Daly.

Ryan Brehm (Michigan State) only played three rounds, but still cashed $14,184. A rookie on Tour, he’s cashed in all but one event so far.

Champions

Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 18th hole to win the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida.

McCarron hit a 6 iron from 178 yards to 8 feet to set up the eagle, his second of the day. He closed with a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kenny Perry and Carlos Franco.

McCarron finished at 17-under 199 on The Old Course at Broken Sound.

Europe

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay shot a final-round 63 to win his second European Tour title at the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He claimed a one-shot victory over David Lipsky.