Steve Marino falls short at Pebble Beach, where D.A. Points captures first PGA win

Associated Press
Sunday, February 13, 2011; 8:36 PM

D.A. Points captured his first PGA Tour victory while Fairfax native Steve Marino was left still looking for his at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Sunday.

Trailing by one stroke as he played the second-toughest hole on the course, Points holed out for eagle from 100 yards on No. 14 and followed that with a bending 30-foot birdie putt. He closed with a 5-under-par 67 for a two-shot victory.

Marino, a former University of Virginia golfer who had a one-shot lead entering the final round, never caught up after Points made his eagle from the 14th fairway. Marino missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th to get within one, then slammed his driver to the turf on the 18th when his tee shot sailed into a bunker to the right.

Marino hit his third shot into the ocean and made a triple-bogey 8 that mattered only in his bank account. Not making a par to share second place was the difference of $327,200.

He wound up tied for fourth at 10 under par, five strokes behind Points.

Points became only the fourth player in the last 20 years to make Pebble Beach is first PGA Tour victory. It was a rare occasion when the winner wasn't even the biggest star.

Bill Murray, famous for his role as assistant greenskeeper Carl Spackler in "Caddyshack," won the pro-am title. Murray has become a staple at this celebrity-rich tournament over the last two decades and once even tossed an elderly woman into the bunker. He now gets his name on a plaque in the wall of pro-am champions below the first tee at Pebble Beach.

"Pebble Beach may be the most iconic place in America to play golf, and to win here, it's just a dream come true," said Points, who finished at 15-under 271 and earned his first trip to the Masters.

Hunter Mahan shot 31 on the front nine and twice was tied for the lead on the back. He birdied the 17th with a tee shot inside three feet, then reached the par-5 18th in two. But he three-putted for par, missing a four-foot birdie putt.

Ultimately, it didn't matter. Mahan closed with a 66 and wound up alone in second, two shots behind.

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

The 70th-ranked Quiros shot a 68 to finish at 11-under 277, one stroke ahead of Anders Hansen of Denmark (70) and James Kingston of South Africa (67).

Woods had a 75 to finish tied for 20th at 4-under 284.

"There were quite a few positives this week but a couple of glaring examples of what I need to work on," Woods said.

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

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