Mark O'Meara made three par-saving putts today to win the 44th Bing Crosby National Pro-Am golf tournament by a stroke.
"That was it, those three putts," he said. "No question, they saved the round for me. I wasn't going to play conservative, but I did, because of the conditions. There was no need for me to be aggressive."
He had to work for his closing round of 73, one over par on the rainy Pebble Beach Golf Links.
He started the day with a lead of two, but today led by one most of the way. He made a par putt of six feet on the 15th. On 16, he missed the green but made a six-footer for par and sole possession of the lead.
On the 17th, a long par 3 that juts into the surf of Carmel Bay, he put his tee ball into a buried lie in a left bunker. He came out 10 to 12 feet long and, with the lead at stake, made his putt.
He finished with a par 5 on the scenic final hole to win his second tournament. His 283 was five under par and worth $90,000 of the total purse of $500,000.
Had Curtis Strange made a seven-foot birdie putt on the 18th, he would have forced a playoff. But he slid it by the hole while O'Meara watched, arms folded, face blank.
Strange had 72 -- 284 to tie Larry Rinker and Kikuo Arai for second. Rinker holed twice from off the green, one a chip and one a bunker shot, and dropped a 15-footer, all on his last four holes to finish at 69.
Rex Caldwell had an eagle-3 on the second hole and an eagle-2 on the third. He went out in 30 and back in 36 to tie Payne Stewart at 285. Tom Watson had 69 -- 286 to tie Bernhard Langer and Greg Norman. Jack Nicklaus had 67 -- 288.