Bill Murray has a new look for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. (How/Getty Images)
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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- D.A. Points is the defending champion at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, though he’s not exactly headlining things around here.
“There are pictures of Bill [Murray] everywhere,” Points said. “I’m driving down the highway, I see a billboard, there’s Bill. There is Tiger. I’m like, ‘Where am I?’”
Murray of course teamed with Points to win the celebrity competition here last year, while Tiger Woods is making his PGA TOUR season debut this week.
“It’s a little disheartening because it’s my first win out here and I’ve been around a while,” Points continued. “But the celebrities obviously make this even a larger-than-life event sometimes.
“I’m a little bummed out that I didn’t get a picture somewhere, but at the same time Bill also won, and he’s been coming here a long time and is a well-deserving champion.”
Despite getting his first career victory here a year ago, Points’ expectations haven’t changed much -- “[They’re] probably too high,” he said. “Of course I want to win.”
Coincidentally, Points is playing about as well as he was a year ago coming into this event. Last year, Points finished fifth at Torrey Pines and tied for 18th in Phoenix. This year, he tied for sixth in Honolulu and eighth at Torrey Pines.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Bill Murray got "pro shop credit" when his team won low gross on Monday at the annual pro-am to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County.
"I'll get a vest or something that's marked down," Murray said, chuckling, noting that he'd won all sorts of things but "nothing I could cash in at a pawn shop."
Sunday night, though, Murray got to take home a big piece of Waterford crystal, a replica of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am trophy, after he and D.A. Points won the team portion of the event. Of course, Points got the real thing, too, when he finished 15 under to beat Hunter Mahan by two.
By the time the two got to the 18th hole Sunday afternoon in the penultimate group, their pro-am victory was assured. And Points was one shot -- Steve Marino's third, which his opponent needed to hole from the 18th fairway to force a playoff -- from his long-awaited first PGA TOUR win.
So secure in the knowledge that he would win the pro-am for the first time in 20 years of trying, Murray sized up a lengthy putt for par on the 72nd hole and launched into the Carl Spackler commentary mode he made famous in "Caddyshack." It was a classic moment.
"I was remembering that ... a few years ago I had a putt to make the cut, and just as I lined up over the putt, some guy in the stands says, 'You're Carl,'" Murray recalled Sunday evening as he sipped a glass of red wine in the interview room.
"And it's really, it's bad, because you can't not do it. You can't not do it. It's sort of like a four-footer with a little bit of break in it, so I had to do, you know, tears in his eyes, a putt to make the cut, the sea otters and the harbor seals, paddling in attention waiting for this young strong boy to hopefully make a dream come true, seal the deal, as it were.
"And went on and on and on and then I made the putt which I can't believe I could even hit it."
Murray made plenty of putts as he played with Points this week. But he credits a tip that he got from Vijay Singh on Thursday evening with helping turn his game around. He said he completely lost his swing midway through the first round, so he had headed to the range where the World Golf Hall of Famer stepped in.
"Big, flying mud and everything, it was terrible," Murray said. "... I've known Vijay a long time and I'm friendly with him. And I would never go like, ‘Hey, you big Fijian, help me out here.’
"But he saw me, sort of struggling and he came over and he said one thing, and I did it, and then about three minutes later he says another thing, and I did it and then about four minutes later, he said another thing and I did it, and I never hit the ball that well in my entire life. And I just thought, holy cow, I don't know how you can play this long and get something that late that can work.
"That's basically why I'm up here today drinking wine and looking for another glass." – Helen Ross
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – D.A. Points two-putted for a clutch par at the 18th hole Sunday, then, as is his custom, waved to the crowd and thanked them for coming as he walked toward the scorer’s trailer.
He kissed his wife and gathered his 1-year-old daughter into his arms. Points’ win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – the first of his PGA TOUR career – was all but assured.
Minutes later, the win was official after Steve Marino hit his third shot on the 72nd hole in the Pacific Ocean. Marino, who was the overnight leader, had needed to hole the shot for eagle to force a playoff.
Points finished 72 holes at 15 under which was two strokes ahead Hunter Mahan, who closed with a 66. The critical shot in his round of 67 was the one he holed from 100 yards at the par-5 14th for an eagle that put him in the lead for good.
“Pebble Beach may be the most iconic place in America to play golf and to win here is just a dream come true and I'm so grateful to have this opportunity,” Points said. The victory sends him to Augusta National to play in the Masters for the first time, too.
Points also won the pro-am portion of the tournament with comedian Bill Murray. He said throughout the week that Murray kept him loose, and the pairing worked wonders.
In fact, Points said he was getting really nervous on the 16th green Sunday after that eagle and birdie on the two previous holes had lifted him two strokes ahead of the pack. He was facing a par putt and the nerves were running rampant.
“My caddie asked me, how do you feel and I said, not very good,” Points recalled. “And I stood over a long par putt and I hollered over at Bill like he had hollered at me a few times this week; ‘The crowd would be happy if you could make that.’ That loosened me up and (he) hit a great putt and almost went in. That helped.”
Points parred in for the double victory -- the pro-am win was a first for the “Caddyshack” star, as well. The last celebrity to win the pro-am competition was musician Kenny G in 2001 when he played with Phil Mickelson.
"I knew the only chance D.A. had to win was if we could make it through the entire week without asking him what the initials D.A. stood for, and I didn't, and he's the champion," Murray joked.
"It's really fun to win. It's pretty easy to have fun here. I honestly didn't know what to do the last couple of holes. I felt like my mind and body left and I didn't know how to behave.” – Helen Ross
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.— D.A. Points may have just made the shot of the tournament, holing it from 100 yards for eagle on the challenging 14th hole to take sole possession of the lead at 14 under.
The shot was spectacular. The celebration that followed was more of a spectacle, though, as Points ran over to his amateur partner, comedian Bill Murray, and leapt into the air for a chest bump. He jumped too soon, though, and his feet hit the ground before the two men connected.
Even so, Points has talked all week about how much he’s enjoyed playing with Carl Spackler’s alter ego. He says he’s seen “Caddyshack” more than 5,000 times and Murray is his dream partner. The comedian has kept him loose all week, and the 14th hole was no exception.
The eagle also put the two men on top of the pro-am leaderboard. Murray has never won the pro-am portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. -– Helen Ross
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – There’s less than two hours left to bid on one of the pairs of TOMS shoes decorated by players and celebrities at the PGA TOUR Wives event on Tuesday.
Hunter Mahan, who is currently a shot off the lead, was among the players who participated along with FedExCup leader Mark Wilson, Rory Sabbatini, Jonathan Byrd and Charley Hoffman. Click here to made a bid, but hurry – the auction closes at the end of play today.
Comedian Bill Murray, who is currently one shot off the lead in the team event with D.A. Points, also decorated a pair of shoes. Interestingly, Blake Mycoskie, who is the CEO of TOMS Shoes, is currently setting the pro-am pace along with his partner Vaughn Taylor.
For every pair of shoes that TOMS sells, another is donated to a needy child. The auction benefits the TOUR Wives and the First Tee of Monterey Country. – Helen Ross