Nick Taylor (-19) beat Phil Mickelson in his own (small) game to dominate the American in the last game of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and sign his second career victory after more than five years of waiting. At 31, Taylor becomes the third multiple Canadian winner on the PGA Tour alongside Mike Weir and Stephen Ames, ending American hegemony in this event since 2005 (year of Mickelson’s second title). Leader since the first day, Taylor resisted 40km / h of wind (he even lost his cap on the 14th) to make the difference by including a bunker outing at hole number 6 (eagle), then limping a chip for birdie on the 15th, all the more meritorious as he came out of a double bogey on the 14th.
These exploits around the greens have extinguished title holder and five-time winner Phil Mickelson, often unofficially elevated to the rank of greatest player in history in small games. Still a magician the day before, the left-hander of San Diego this time stammered his golf (especially at wedging) for a modest card of 74. Kevin Streelman, alone man with the winner to have signed four cards under the 70, even took the opportunity to steal his second place (-15) and win hands down the tournament in alliance with the American football star (NFL) Larry Fitzgerald, for the second time in three years. Finally third at -14, not sure that enough for Mickelson to enter the world top 50 and play WGC-Mexico in two weeks. It is still his second podium in a row after a long successful trip to Saudi Arabia last week on the European Tour. Not bad at 49! Jason Day finishes fourth, his best result since … the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 2019. Also in the running to enter the world top 50 and join Mexico, Jordan Spieth signed the best card of the day (67) to finish 9th. Again, it will be necessary to do the accounts Monday morning with the world ranking. Finally, Dustin Johnson exploded completely in flight with a final card of 78 to finish 32nd when he aimed for the podium Sunday morning, just behind the best European, the Swedish Henrik Norlander (25th).