February 14, 2011 in Sports

D.A. Points makes winner out of Murray at Pebble Beach

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D.A. Points won at Pebble Beach by two strokes for his first career PGA victory. He won the Pro-Am with Bill Murray.
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Mickelson in

for Match Play

 Count in Phil Mickelson for the Match Play Championship.

 Mickelson, who skipped the World Golf Championship event in Arizona a year ago, said in November he might sit out again depending on a family vacation. But after he finished his final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday, Mickelson told the Associated Press, “I’ll be there.”

 Lee Westwood, who took over at No. 1 in the world three months ago, will be the top seed when the Match Play Championship begins Feb. 23 on Dove Mountain just north of Tucson.

 PGA champion Martin Kaymer will be the No. 2 seed, followed by Tiger Woods and Mickelson.

 The 64-man field was determined Sunday night by the latest world ranking.

Associated Press

D.A. Points captured his first PGA Tour victory and dragged along Bill Murray of “Caddyshack” fame to the pro-am title at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Points holed out from 100 yards for eagle on the 14th hole and followed that with a 30-foot bending birdie putt that carried him to a 5-under 67 and a two-shot victory Sunday. He became the fourth player in the last 20 years to make Pebble Beach his first PGA Tour victory.

Murray kept the gallery entertained along the way, and the comedian actor who has become a staple at this tournament finally gets his name on the wall of pro-am champions next to the first tee.

Spokane’s Alex Prugh shot a final-round 71 and finished 10 strokes behind Points.

European PGA

Tiger Woods stumbled in a bid for his first victory in 15 months and Alvaro Quiros won the Dubai Desert Classic with a wild round in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that included a hole-in-one and triple bogey.

Quiros shot a 68 to finish at 11-under 277, one stroke ahead of Anders Hansen (70) and James Kingston (67). Woods had a 3-over 75 to end tied for 20th at 4-under 284. He had entered the final round one stroke off the lead.

Champions Tour

Tom Lehman birdied the final hole to finish at 13 under, breaking a tie with Jeff Sluman and Rod Spittle and winning the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.

Lehman shot a final-round 69 to win for the third time on the over-50 circuit.

Australian Ladies Masters

Taiwan’s Yani Tseng has taken over the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf after shooting a final-round 68 to win the Australian Ladies Masters by four strokes in Gold Coast, Australia.

Tseng, who won last week’s Australian Open in Melbourne, finished Sunday’s Masters at Royal Pines with a 24-under-par total of 264. Australian Nikki Campbell, with a final-round 64, and Stacey Lewis, who shot a 69, were tied for second.

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