Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Jeff Gross
    AT&T week arrives in Pebble Beach

     Dustin Johnson became the first player in 20 years to win back-to-back titles at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, making a short birdie putt on the final hole for a one-shot victory over David Duval and J.B. Holmes.
         
    It certainly wasn't as easy as last time, when Johnson was declared the winner after 54 holes because of rain.

     

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    He closed with a 2-over 74, the highest final round by a Pebble champion since Johnny Miller in 1994. And he became the first player since Davis Love III in 2003 to win at Pebble Beach with a birdie on the last hole in the final group.

    Paul Goydos, who started the final round tied with Johnson, had a one-shot lead until taking a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 14th hole.

    The biggest star of the tournament may have been the weather. It was some of the most spectacular conditions the tournament has seen in years.

    "There is no place in the world more special than this," said sportscaster Jim Nantz.

    On a majestic, pristine, simply gorgeous day at Pebble Beach, pros, amateurs, fans and even media types reveled in the splendor of the Monterey Bay and its annual pro-am tournament.

    "It's maybe not the Super Bowl, like I had a few days ago, that I had the good blessing to be entrusted to broadcast that and it's not the masters. It's not the Final Four, but for me, personally, it's my favorite week of the year. I take in all these beautiful sights that you guys get to enjoy on a daily basis and just count my blessings for having a chance to be here," said Nantz.

    "When the weather's like this, it's perfect. This is a U.S. Open year, so it makes it more exciting. But people have been great. There are some good looking dudes out here. Don't go by me," said comedian George Lopez.

    Entertainment aside, there were plenty of folks, like Brian Pantaleon, who were here for an education. His 6-year-old Christopher has dreams of teeing it up out here one day.

    "He's been taking lessons. So we wanted him to see the professionals out here," Pantaleon said.

    For tournament organizer Ollie Nutt, this week could not have gone any more seamless.

    KSBW contributed to this report.