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Jordan Spieth conquers Pebble Beach for 9th PGA Tour win

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Jordan Spieth made history at the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links by becoming only the second PGA Tour player to win nine events before his 24th birthday with his convincing victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The two-time major champion joins 14-time major winner Tiger Woods as the only players to accomplish said feat and he is the second youngest player to win this event behind John Cook in 1981.

Spieth is the only player to win by 3+ strokes five times before age 24.

This was also the seventh consecutive PGA Tour event won by a golfer in his 20s.

Following his back-to-back 65s including his third round where he had 13 one-putts, Spieth took a six shot lead into the final round and essentially coasted to victory a closing bogey-free 70.

While he came close on a lot of birdie putts, Spieth ceremoniously closed it out by draining a long birdie putt on No. 17 to take a four-shot lead into No. 18.

Spieth had three top 10s this season and a win in November at the Australian Open going into Pebble Beach, but this was his first PGA Tour win since last May’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX.

2011 U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft fired a final round 67 to come in second, four shots behind Spieth. Coming into this week, Kraft had career PGA Tour earnings of $612,000 and his second place check gives him $777,000 for this week alone.

A pair of two-time AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am champions, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker finished third and fourth. World No. 1 Jason Day, Farmers Insurance Open champion Jon Rahm and Gary Woodland finished tied for fifth.

Next up on the PGA Tour is the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA.

 

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