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Tommy Gainey wins Pebble Beach Invitational
November 18, 2012

Tommy Gainey made a three-foot birdie on the 18th hole, shooting a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory Sunday over Kirk Triplett and William McGirt at the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Gainey, known for wearing two black gloves while playing, finished at 11-under 277 after beginning the final round two shots behind overnight leader Robert Streb.

''I was looking at the scoreboard and I knew I needed the putt to win,'' said Gainey, who last month claimed his first PGA Tour win at the McCladrey Classic with a final-round 60. ''I was glad it went in.''

Triplett, the second-round co-leader, finished with a 68. McGirt, three shots off the lead after the third round, shot 69 in the finale of a tournament that features players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tours.

McGirt and Triplett, playing one group ahead of Gainey, both missed birdie attempts on the 18th to move to 11 under.

''I figured if I got to 10 under, I'd have a chance to win,'' said Triplett, who in July claimed his first Champions Tour victory at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Gainey, who earlier this season placed third at Crowne Plaza Invitational, hit his second shot on the par-5 18th into the left bunker. But he smoothly placed his third shot in position for the winning birdie.

''I am pretty good bunker player,'' said Gainey, who earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse. ''You can't ask for more than winning at Pebble Beach.''

Billy Horschel, who finished with a 72, was alone at 9 under.

Tommy Armour III, who won the tournament in 2007 and 2008, finished at 8 under after a 70.

Streb moved to 13 under after four holes and held a three-shot margin over Gainey. But Streb quickly faltered, finished with a 76 and was grouped with Bryce Molder (68), John Cook (71) and James Hahn (73) at 6 under.

Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, playing a foursome that included Juli Inkster, shot a 69 and finished at 1 over.

''For me, there's just rust and not playing often,'' said Sorenstem, whose 289 total included an 81 at Spyglass Hill on Saturday. ''That's when you notice the biggest difference.''

Sorenstam, a 10-time major winner who retired from the LPGA Tour in 2008, has played in only a few competitive tournaments since, including the Pebble Beach Invitational three times.

Inkster, who in 1990 edged Mark Brooks and became the only female winner in tournament history, had a final-round 71 and finished 3 over.

Trevor Immelman withdrew on the third hole of the final round with an undisclosed injury, and Charlie Wi withdrew prior to the final round because of illness.

Robert Streb edges a shot ahead at Pebble Beach
November 18, 2012

Robert Streb shot a 3-under 69 in rainy conditions Saturday at Del Monte to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Horschel after the third round in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

The 25-year-old Streb had a 10-under 206 total. He won the Web.com Tour's Mylan Classic in September and finished seventh on the tour's money list to earn a PGA Tour card.

Horschel had a 68, also at Del Monte, as the field of 81 played in light morning rain and soft conditions in the tournament that features PGA, LPGA, Champion and Web.com tour players.

''I'm very excited,'' said Streb, who turned pro in 2009. ''I didn't know what to expect coming out here. The greens were very soft and the ball wasn't traveling. In those conditions, you're just trying to get by.''

Streb, who began the third round trailing the lead by two strokes, had four birdies and one bogey.

''I had no idea whether I'd play worth a darn of not,'' Streb said. ''But it turned out to be pretty good.''

James Hahn had a 66 at Syglass Hill to join Tommy Gainey at 8 under. Gainey shot a 70 at Pebble Beach.

Champions Tour players Russ Cochran and Kirk Triplett faltered after sharing the second-round lead. Cochran had a 74 at Spyglass to join William McGirt at 7 under. Triplett had a 75, also at Spyglass, and was 6 under.

''It was just too much of a day with the weather,'' said Cochran, the leader among the 11 Champions Tour entrants. ''But I played OK. It was just kind of an uneventful day.''

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, shot a 73 at Del Monte to finish at 1 under - the best of the three women who made the cut for the final round Sunday at Pebble Beach.

Hall of famer Annika Sorentam had an 81 at Pebble, leaving her at 4 over. Juli Inkster, who in 1990 became the only woman to win the event, also was 4 over after a 75 at Spyglass.

The winner will earn $60,000 from the $300,000 purse.

Russ Cochran and Kirk Triplett share Pebble Beach Invitational lead
November 17, 2012

Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte for a share of the Pebble Beach Invitational lead with fellow Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett.

Triplett had a 69 at Del Monte to match Cochran at 9-under 135 in the tournament that features 81 players from the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tours.

John Mallinger, the 2010 winner, was a stroke back after a 69 at Spyglass Hill.

Triplett had one bogey and four birdies, including 15-footer on the ninth, his final hole of the round.

''I putted well and drove the ball into the fairway most of the day,'' said Triplett, who claimed his first Champions Tour title in July at Pebble Beach. ''That's what you have to do at Del Monte to play well.''

Cochran, the 2009 Champions Tour rookie of the year who had three top-10 finishes this season, had five birdies and began his round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole.

William McGirt and Robert Streb were 7 under. McGirt had a 71 at Spyglass, and Streb shot a 68 at Pebble Beach, the site of the final round Sunday.

Scott Stallings, the first-round leader after a 64 at Del Monte, had a 74 at Spyglass to drop into a group at 6 under with Tommy Gainey, Bryce Molder and Mark Brown.

''I am very glad to be done,'' said Stallings, who won the True South Classic in Mississippi in July for his second PGA Tour victory. ''I knew how the play the course, but the greens were super soft and mushy with the foot traffic. I had a few three putts and short-sided myself a few times and wasn't able to get up and down.''

Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam was 5 under after a 69 at Spyglass.

Scott Stallings leads Pebble Beach Invitational
November 16, 2012

Scott Stallings shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday at Del Monte to take a two-stroke lead over William McGirt and Kirk Triplett in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Stallings, the True South Classic winner in July for his second PGA Tour title, made eight birdie putts inside 10 feet in the unofficial event that features PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com tour players.

''I had to grind it all day, but didn't have to do anything too severe,'' said Stallings, who made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th. ''Last year, I didn't know where to hit the ball. I didn't know the course. This time around, I felt more relaxed.''

Stallings opened with a 76 last year, also at Del Monte, and ended up missing the cut.

McGirt, who had three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season including tie for second in the Canadian Open, had a bogey-free 66 at Del Monte.

''I hit it pretty good, it was a solid day,'' McGirt said. ''I had no bogeys and anytime who have no bogeys, it's a good day.''

Triplett had a 66 Pebble Beach to top the 11 Champions Tour entrants. He won the 50-and-over tour's First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in July.

John Malinger, the 2010 Pebble Beach Invitational winner who also had three top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, had a 67, also at Del Monte.

Champions Tour veteran Tom Purtzer was among five players at 68, with six others tied at 69, including 2011 U.S. Senior Open winner Olin Browne.

Annika Sorenstam, the Hall of Famer who retired from the LPGA Tour in 2008 and is playing in the event for the second in three years, shot a 70 at Del Monte - the lowest score among the seven female entrants.

Defending tournament champion Harrison Frazar withdrew from event because of an undisclosed injury.

The final round will be played at Pebble Beach. The winner will receive $60,000 from the $300,000 purse.




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