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Jimmy Walker held his nerve to win the
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by
a single shot, his third win of the PGA
Tour for the season.
Having seen a six-shot lead gradually
eroded on the final day, Walker three-putted
the 17th and, needing a closing par, missed
the fairway and chased his first putt five
feet past the hole.
He needed to hole the one coming back
the other way if he was to avoid a playoff
with Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner and,
though the ball threatened to dive left, it
dropped to secure a nervy win.
"It was good TV, wasn t it?" Walker
quipped on Sky Sports 4.
The win followed Walker s previous suc-
cesses at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the
Frys.com Open in California.
Rounds of 66, 69 and 67 had taken him
to 13 under ahead of the final round, with
Hunter Mahan his nearest challenger at
The latter was unable to improve on that
score as a wayward finish left him to settle
for a closing 72, meaning the challenge came
from Mahan s Ryder Cup colleague Johnson
Renner began the day five under and
birdied five of the back nine to move into
contention, while Johnson went one better
with a six-under-par round of 66.
A delicate chip-in saw him eagle the sec-
ond hole and he played the front nine in
three under as a good putt at the ninth
earned him a second straight birdie.
A stone-dead approach at 15 and a solid
putt at 16 put him in contention but he left
an ultimately crucial eagle putt short at the
last, settling for birdie and 10 under for the
"It was not a good effort," he said of that
eagle putt. "But the greens are tough and
if you ve got 30-footers, it s tough to get a
Rising star Jordan Spieth was eight under
alongside fellow American Kevin Na, with
Mahan on his own at seven under.
Northern Ireland s Graeme McDowell
joined Pat Perez and Tim Wilkinson at six
Cheyenne Woods, niece of 14-time major win-
ner Tiger Woods, secured her first career title
on Sunday with a two-shot victory at the Volvik
RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast.
The 23-year-old carded a four-under-par round
of 69 at Royal Pines to finish the tournament at
Local amateur Minjee Lee was two shots back
in outright second place after she also managed
a 69 on Sunday.
The 17-year-old fired three consecutive birdies
on the front nine to draw level with Woods, but
the American closed with three birdies in her final
six holes to seal the win.
South African Stacy Lee Bregman and Swede
Camilla Lennarth were two shots behind Lee in
a tie for third.
South Korean duo Minsun Kim and So Young
Lee were tied for fifth on nine under alongside
Swede Caroline Hedwall, who rounded off her
tournament with a 66---the joint best final round.
Walker wins AT&T tourney
Rory McIlroy is aiming to follow in Phil
Mickelson s footsteps after confirming his
return to the Aberdeen Asset Management
Scottish Open following a five-year
Mickelson won the event at Castle Stuart
last year before going on to triumph in the
Open at Muirfield seven days later and McIl-
roy believes the 2014 event at Royal
Aberdeen is perfect preparation for the fol-
lowing week s Major at Hoylake.
McIlroy, whose previous Scottish Open
experiences came at Loch Lomond, said: "I
can think of no better preparation for the
Open, especially on a respected course like
Royal Aberdeen. There will also be so many
similarities I can bring to the following
week s Open Championship.
"Phil winning the double last year made
me realise that the Scottish Open is more
than good preparation for the Open---he
showed it was possible to win both weeks.
Mickelson has already confirmed his par-
ticipation in the July 10-13 event.
McIlroy returns to Scottish Open
Jimmy Walker... Held on to claim victory.
WORLD GOLF RANKING TO FEBRUARY 9
1. Tiger Woods, United States, 10.44 points
2. Adam Scott, Australia, 8.67
3. Henrik Stenson, Sweden, 8.63
4. Phil Mickelson, United States, 6.86
5. Justin Rose, England, 6.50
6. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, 6.21
7. Zach Johnson, United States, 6.16
8. Sergio Garcia, Spain, 5.78
9. Matt Kuchar, United States, 5.76
10. Jason Day, Australia, 5.28
11. Dustin Johnson, United States, 5.18
12. Steve Stricker, United States, 5.12
13. Jordan Spieth, United States, 4.92
14. Ian Poulter, England, 4.80
15. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland, 4.68
16. Jason Dufner, United States, 4.63
17. Brandt Snedeker, United States, 4.47
18. Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, 4.41
19. Webb Simpson, United States, 4.34
20. Luke Donald, England, 4.11
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