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John Daly wins Pebble Beach Invitational

John Daly shot a 3-under-par 69 Sunday for a one-shot victory at the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, his second straight win and first in the United States in nine years.

Daly finished at 9-under-par 279 for his first U.S. victory since the 1994 BellSouth Classic. He was coming off a win at the Korean Open last month. His last PGA Tour victory came at the 1995 British Open.

"I know it's not the AT&T or the U.S. Open, but it's great to win at Pebble Beach," Daly said. "I don't care what kind of tournament it is."

Two-time Champions Tour winner Jim Thorpe (68) finished tie for second with Nationwide Tour player Bo Van Pelt (69).

Scotland's Janice Moodie, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, shot a final-round 72 and finished four shots behind Daly at 5-under 283.

Daly is coming off one of his worst seasons. He missed the cut, withdrew or was disqualified from his last seven PGA Tour events this season and finished 171st on the money list, his second-worst finish.

He hung on Sunday for the win, despite a bogey on the final hole.

"All I wanted was to begin the final hole with a two-stroke margin, so I didn't have to hit driver on 18," said Daly, a late entrant who drove to the tournament in his motor home. "I bogeyed the hole, but that's all right."

Daly, who earned $60,000 for the victory, started the final round in a three-way tie for the lead with unheralded PGA Tour players Michael Muehr and Todd Fischer.

After two birdies and a bogey on the front nine, Daly reeled off three consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-13 and pulled away from the field.

"I finally like the way I am swinging," said Daly, who last earned at PGA Tour check at the Buick Open in August with a 35th-place finish. "I'm choking down on my irons and hitting three-quarter shots and now I know I'm not going to hit it left."

The tournament featured 55 players from the four major tours, club pros and amateurs. LPGA and Champions Tour players received tee-shot distance advantages.

Muehr shot 71 and finished alone in third place. Fischer closed with a 74 and finished at 284.

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