PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — For all of the honest views at Pebble Sea roam that will additionally be so soothing, Daniel Berger couldn’t escape the stress when he arrived at the final hole Sunday within the AT&T Pebble Sea roam Official-Am.
He used to be tied for the lead, desiring a birdie on the par-5 18th to steal. Off to his exact used to be out-of-bounds markers beneath a row of hedges, the set up Berger hit his drive on Saturday that ended in double bogey. To his left used to be the Pacific Ocean.
“I was going to switch down swinging,” he acknowledged.
Two of essentially the most efficient swings of his career, a driver into the golf green and a 3-wooden from 250 yards away within the frigid air at sea level, left him 30 feet and two putts away. Berger capped it off with an eagle putt for a 7-beneath 65 and a two-shot victory over Maverick McNealy.
“To step up there and hit a abundant drive and then one among essentially the most efficient 3-woods I’ve ever hit in my existence, and then to glean that putt is simply valid as lawful as it gets for me,” Berger acknowledged.
He completed at 18-beneath 270 for his fourth career PGA TOUR victory.
Berger started his final round with a 4-iron to 20 feet for eagle on the par-5 2nd hole to purchase up to Jordan Spieth in no time the least bit. And whereas the solid of contenders kept changing, Berger used to be by no arrangement out of the mix unless he had the final say with one final eagle, his fourth of the week.
He won for the 2nd time since the PGA TOUR returned to golf in June from the COVID-19 pandemic, starting up with a playoff victory at Colonial, the set up a half of-dozen players had a probability to steal over the final hour.
This wasn’t mighty diverse.
Spieth went from main to lagging at the help of. He started with a two-shot lead and used to be three shots at the help of after six holes, losing the scoring stretch at Pebble Sea roam. He completed with two birdies for a 70 and tied for third with Patrick Cantlay (68), who made all his putts at Pebble on Thursday. He had 10 birdies within the hole round when he tied the route document with a 62. He made seven birdies and an eagle in two weekend rounds.
Berger noticed a leaderboard leaving the 18th inexperienced and knew he used to be tied. He objective valid figured it’d be with Nate Lashley, ignorant of the sad flip of events on the 16th.
Lashley, taking part in within the final neighborhood with Spieth, nearly holed his wedge on the 11th for a faucet-in birdie that took him to 16 beneath and main by one shot. He used to be tied with Berger with three holes to play when Lashley went lengthy on the 16th hole. He pitched out to 12 feet, left out the par putt and then left out the next two putts from the three-foot range.
That gave him a triple bogey from which he couldn’t glean smartly.
McNealy, who performed at Stanford and as soon as lived in a home reach the 15th inexperienced at Pebble Sea roam, quietly made 5 birdies over his final eight holes.
“I had the adrenaline pumping coming down the stretch there and emotions that I hadn’t in point of fact felt on the golf route in rather of whereas, attempting to shut this out and offers myself a probability,” McNealy acknowledged.
The final one used to be on 18 when his eagle putt stopped inches from the cup, giving him a 66 and a tie for the lead that did no longer final lengthy. Berger used to be within the neighborhood at the help of him, and he performed the outlet to perfection.
“I wished to steal the golf tournament. I did no longer need to lose it on the final,” Berger acknowledged. “I objective valid wished to switch available and review out to hit essentially the most efficient shot that I might per chance per chance well perchance and I wasn’t going to be conservative on the three-wooden coming in.”
The eagle putt used to be like a flash and broke every ideas and Berger finest wished a two-putt birdie and not utilizing a stress. That it fell for eagle used to be a bonus he used to be all too jubilant to eradicate.
Spieth completed within the tip four for the 2nd week in a row, a solid model that his sport is coming help after a drought that dates to his 2017 Launch Championship victory at Royal Birkdale.
He hit a hybrid from the rough for a lawful watch at eagle on the 2nd hole and objective valid left out, and then he caught an ungainly lie in a fairway bunker on No. 3, his shot low and lengthy over the inexperienced, leaving Spieth scared it used to be out of play. He made bogey. He made bogey from a bunker on the par-3 fifth, and he had to play out sideways from a fairway bunker on the par-5 sixth, taking birdie out of the equation.
“In actuality it used to be objective valid a terribly dejected first six holes. And out here, that is the set up you might per chance ranking,” Spieth acknowledged. “I wished to be a pair beneath by six, and I was 1 over. And in point of fact, that used to be the adaptation.”
Berger used to be outside the tip 100 within the sector when golf returned final June as he tried to advance help from wrist injuries.
“I deem right now time in point of fact solidified my place as one among essentially the most efficient golfers out here and I objective valid must proceed to discontinue the issues I’ve been doing,” Berger acknowledged. “And I maintain love there’s no restrict to what I will be succesful of discontinue.”