PGA Tour
Johnson birdies last for back-to-back Pebble titles



Pebble Beach, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Johnson converted a four-foot birdie putt on the last hole Sunday to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro- Am for the second year in a row.

Johnson shot a two-over 74, but won by a single stroke over David Duval and J.B. Holmes. Johnson finished at 16-under 270 and became the fifth player to successfully defend his title at Pebble Beach.

Duval, who hasn't won since the 2001 British Open and lost his status on tour, posted a three-under 69 on Sunday. He had four rounds in the 60s and tied Holmes, who carded a one-under 71, at minus-15.

Duval and Holmes both failed to birdie the par-five closing hole, leaving the door open for Johnson. One of the longest hitters on tour, Johnson hammered one down the fairway at 18 and was easily within range to go for it in two.

He knocked his second into a greenside bunker, but it wasn't a terribly difficult third. Johnson blasted out to four feet and sank the birdie putt to become the first player since Tiger Woods to win in his first three years on tour.

"I come out and try to win every week," said Johnson, who also won the 2008 Turning Stone Resort Championship. "I had a short putt on the last to win, which is what you always want out here. Fortunately, I made it and held on."

Johnson was the third-round co-leader with Paul Goydos, who was undone by a nine on the par-five 14th. Johnson bogeyed the first, but reclaimed the lead with a short eagle on the par-five sixth. He fell back after a poor drive at nine, then a three-footer that didn't touch the hole. Johnson double-bogeyed that hole, but was still in the mix.

No one went low on Sunday at Pebble Beach and even after a bogey at 12, Johnson was tied for the lead. Goydos fell down after that and Johnson was alone in first with Duval on his back.

Johnson continued to make pars when it counted, but Duval birdied the 11th and 13th. Duval bogeyed the 14th to fall two back, but things turned for the former British Open champion at the par-three 17th.

Duval, formerly the No. 1 player in the world, drained an 11-foot birdie putt at 17 to get to 15-under par. Holmes, who was even through 15 holes, hit an amazing shot to two feet at the 16th and made birdie. He was now at 15-under and trailed Johnson by a stroke.

Duval didn't play the 18th hole all that well, but had almost 30 feet for birdie and 16-under par, which would tie Johnson for the lead. He missed that putt and signed his scorecard with a 15-under score.

The 17th was pivotal, not just for Duval. Johnson sailed over the green with his tee ball and landed in a bunker. He had a tough lie and ran his sand shot 20 feet past the stick. Johnson's putt stayed above ground and it was a three- way tie for first.

Holmes, equally as long off the tee as Johnson, found the rough at 18. He laid up, then wedged his third to 15 feet. Holmes' birdie effort came up short and he joined Duval, waiting for Johnson to finish 18.

It was at 18 where Johnson secured the second win at Pebble Beach in a row. Last year, Johnson was declared the winner after 54 holes when bad weather canceled the final round.

He justified that victory with this one on Sunday and could be a factor come June. The U.S. Open will be held at Pebble Beach and Johnson could be a favorite this summer.

"It was a long day," said Johnson, who pocketed $1,116,000 for the victory. "I'm looking forward to playing next week. I'm playing well right now."

Johnson is playing well right now, but so is Holmes. He tied for third place last week at the Northern Trust Open and with this runner-up, Holmes is becoming a strong presence.

"I just came up one short this week," said Holmes. "You can always look back and think of those shots. I had a couple of opportunities at the end. It was a good week for me."

Duval had a great week.

His last top-10 was a runner-up last year to Lucas Glover at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. Duval will take some confidence from this week.

"I played real well again today," said Duval. "All in all, I did exactly what I tried to do for four days."

Steve Marino shot a one-under 71 and took fourth at minus-13.

Goydos finished with a six-over 78 and tied for fifth place with Josh Teater (69) and J.P. Hayes (72) at 12-under 274.

Phil Mickelson managed a one-under 71 and shared eighth with Tom Gillis, who carded a three-under 69. They finished at 11-under 275.

NOTES: Padraig Harrington had a 72 on Sunday and tied for 16th at minus- nine...Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh were part of a large group tied for 35th at six-under par...Sergio Garcia shot a 77 in the final round and tied for 52nd at three-under 283.

02/14 19:02:20 ET