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Monday, February 10, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Winner: Nick Taylor

Around the wider world of golf: At the ISPS Handa Vic Open dual event, Min Woo Lee won the men's (ET) trophy while Hee Young Park won the women's (LPGA) trophy; Mito Pereira won the Country Club de Bogotá Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Anton Karlsson won the RAM Cape Town Open on the Sunshine Tour; and Larry Fitzgerald teamed up with Kevin Streelman to win the team title at Pebble.

Nick Taylor with AT&T trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks were clearly overcome by the beauty of Pebble Beach. I had Brandt Snedeker (MC) and Kurt Kitayama (T18) and neither made the Top10... although I admit Kurt was a gamble (this was his first trip to Pebble) and he made an admirable showing. I don't know what happened to Sneds, given his record here.
  • Top10s: 6 for 12 (2 Top5, 4 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 6 events
As I mentioned earlier in the post, Kevin Streelman and Larry Fitzgerald teamed up to win the pro-am segment of the event. But Streelman unexpectedly found himself in contention for the main title when 40mph gusts began sweeping across Pebble Beach. His four-under 68 tied the second-best score of the day and moved him up the leaderboard into second place.

Granted, that was still four strokes behind wire-to-wire winner Nick Taylor. Beginning the day with a mere one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson, who was going for his sixth Pebble title and was clearly the fan favorite, the questions had been whether Phil would make history and if one-time winner Taylor could stand up to the pressure of being teamed with Lefty.

As it turned out, Nick didn't seem to feel any pressure at all. He told pgatour.com:
"I believed I could do it because I've done it before. But to do it in that fashion, playing with Phil, gives me a lot of confidence going forward."
And he told GC how relaxed the day had been, playing with Phil and their amateur partners. It must have been -- he had a five-shot lead by the turn and he never looked back, despite the wind. Phil ended up in solo third and Nick completed the rare wire-to-wire victory.

Unlike his first win at the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship, this win gets Nick a ticket to Augusta. It also gets him a Limerick Summary -- something else he didn't get when the Sanderson was an alternate-field event, up against the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions. Well, let's fix that right now!
The crowd favored Lefty to win…
But 40-mile gusts did him in!
Nick had won once before
And he wanted one more
So he went wire-to-wire with a grin.
The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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