Jeff Brehaut wins Pebble Beach Invitational
Jeff Brehaut made a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday for a final-round 3-under 69 and a one-stroke victory over Kevin Sutherland at the Pebble Beach Invitational.
Brehaut, who is winless in five PGA Tour seasons, finished at 9-under 279 at Pebble Beach Golf Links and was one of just three golfers who broke par in windy conditions. The event included players from the LPGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour and PGA TOUR, as well as mini-tour players, club pros and amateurs.
"All of us were in trouble out there," said Brehaut, who finished 149th on the money list with $448,914. "But I hung in there and did I want had to do."
Strong winds blew throughout the round, leading to firm greens and comparisons to the course's conditions when it hosted the U.S. Open.
"The wind was tough, and it was a tough day to get a birdie and an easy day to get bogeys," said Brehaut, who earned $60,000 of the $300,000 purse. "The final putt was a perfect, easy putt and I knew I had to do something with it."
Brehaut, whose best finish this season was a tie for eighth at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro in October, had an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys, rallying from three strokes off the lead.
Third-round leader Kirk Triplett, the 1996 champion, opened the round with a one-stroke lead and had a 78.
Sutherland, five strokes off the lead at the start of the round, had a 68. Kent Jones also broke par with a 71 and finished at 285.
"I played really well today and I was pleased with how it went out there," said Sutherland, who finished 85th on the 2004 money list with $928,760. "But I just hit a bad putt. I wasn't aggressive enough."
Todd Fischer and Tom Lehman tied for third at 284.
LPGA Tour player Janice Moodie shot 72 and finished at 1-over 289.
Tom Purtzer of the Champions Tour closed with a 77 and finished at 8-over 296.
Mark Hensby and Andrew Magee withdrew before the final round.
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