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February 13 2011

11:32 PM

Points wins; Murray, too

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

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