The first of Phil’s four Pebble Beach National Pro-Am AT&T victories came in 1998, and he needed six months and 20 days to make it official. Rain limited play to 36 holes Thursday through Saturday and washed out the final round for the next two days. After the PGA Championship in Washington state the player returned to Pebble Beach, Phil shot 67 and birdied the final hole to beat Tom Pernice by a shot.
Coming off a win in Phoenix in 2005, Phil was inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame on AT&T Wednesday and won his second AT&T Sunday. In doing so he became the first wire-to-wire winner since the event went to 54 holes in 1958. He set the tournament record for 18 holes (62 at Spyglass), 36 (129 with 67 at Poppy Hills) and 54 holes (196 with 67 at Pebble Beach) but he finished one stroke short of the 72-hole record, 268.
Phil’s 2007 AT&T win was another record-setter. Again he won wire-to-wire but this time his 20 under par total tied the tournament record and his five-stroke winning margin equaled the tournament record. He also because just he sixth player to won the pro and amateur titles the same week.
Phil started the 2012 AT&T six strokes off the lead but played the first six holes five under par to take his first lead of the week. His final 64 was his best final round in the event, good for a two-stroke victory. It was his fourth at Pebble Beach, his 13th in California, his 18th on the West Coast swing and 40th of his career. That put him ninth of the all-time win list, one ahead of Cary Middlecoff and Tom Watson.
Phil’s best score of 2012 was 64, once in the final group at the AT&T to erase of six-shot deficit and win, and once in the third round of the BMW Championship, which put him in the final group on Sunday when he finished T-2.Tags: AT&T, Did You Know, DYK