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The Tour Report

February 7 2012

5:25 PM

Points under radar in defense

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.