Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jordan Spieth cruises to victory at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth soaked up every step of scenery on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, one of the prettiest places in golf and even more spectacular on a Sunday when the only work left is to hoist the crystal trophy.

All that was missing from the Pebble Beach Pro-Am were the highlights. And that's just how Spieth wanted it.

Staked to a six-shot lead, Spieth never gave anyone much of a chance by putting for birdie on all but one hole. The lone highlight was his 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, and by then it was already over.

"Played a lot of boring golf," Spieth said, "which was exactly what we needed."

He closed with 2-under 70 to finish at 19-under 268 for a four-shot victory over former U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, a friend from Dallas who couldn't get a putt to fall that might have put a little pressure on Spieth.

As easy and clinical as Spieth made it look, it was no less special.

"This is a bucket-list place to win — here, Augusta National, St. Andrews, there's only a few in the world," he said. "It feels really special. It was amazing walking up the 18th green knowing that we were going to win. It's just such a unique position. I tried to soak in."

It was his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour since the Masters, where he lost a five-shot lead on the back nine.

CHAMPIONS: Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 18th hole to win the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton for his third Champions Tour victory in his past 17 starts. McCarron hit a 6-iron shot from 178 yards to 8 feet to set up the eagle, his second of the day. He closed with 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under 199 for a one-stroke victory over Kenny Perry and Carlos Franco. McCarron opened with consecutive 66s to take a share of the lead into the final round.