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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Fan From Above' Helps O'Meara Tame Tiger

PEBBLE BEACH, California -- In golf, you have something called local knowledge, and Mark O'Meara knows this place like the back of his swing.

O'Meara knows every grain of sand, every blade of grass, every tree, every sea lion and every pebble at Pebble Beach.

He just has to, because there is no other explanation for what O'Meara did Sunday on some of the most famous real estate in golf. He held off Tiger Woods and won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the fifth time.

It's getting so that when you think of this tournament, Bing Crosby, Carmel Bay and Mark O'Meara will be mentioned in the same breath as rain falling sideways and wind bending flagsticks into pretzels.

"There must be someone floating high above the Monterey Peninsula who's a huge Mark O'Meara fan,'' O'Meara said.

The 40-year-old with the syrupy swing birdied two of the last three holes, closed with his fourth consecutive 67, set a tournament record with his score of 268 and won a personal-best of $342,000.

And if that isn't enough, O'Meara proved to be tougher than the bark on that lone Cypress tree when he managed to avoid getting tackled by Woods in the stretch.

Woods, who had a 63 Saturday, finished with a 64 and missed a playoff by one shot. Woods tied for second with David Duval.


In Perth, Australia, Spain's Miguel Angel Martin sank a dramatic final-hole putt to stave off a late charge from American golfer Fred Couples and win the Heineken Classic on Sunday.

Martin scrambled to save par on the 72nd hole to card a one-under 71 and finish at 15-under 273 at the Vines Resort course, one shot clear of 1992 U.S. Masters champion Couples.

Couples trailed overnight-leader Martin by five shots but clawed his way up the leaderboard with a final round of 67. (AP, LAT)

The American could have forced a play-off when he reached the 17th tee on 15 under but put his second shot to the right of the green before taking a bogey five.

Couples then played the 18th hole in regulation figures and watched in frustration as Martin closed out the tournament with a jittery par on the final hole.