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And when Mickelson, the defending champion, record-tying five-time winner and overwhelming fan favorite, birdied the second hole, well, things really did not look good for Taylor. The 31-year-old Canadian was ranked in the 200s, had never been higher than 175th and had won a lone, opposite-field PGA Tour event almost six years ago.
But that's why in sports they don't pay after three rounds, or after 56 holes or even after the Atlanta Falcons lead the Super Bowl by 25 points in the second half. They wait until the end. And at the end, it was the journeyman Taylor who scored a runaway win over his far more accomplished pursuers.
Taylor won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes – and it wasn't even Mickelson or Day who finished second. It was Pebble aficionado Kevin Streelman.
In winning for the second time in 160 career PGA Tour starts, the Winnipeg native shot a 2-under 70 on a sunny but incredibly windy day on the Monterey Peninsula. Mickelson faltered to a 74, a finish that was very costly, while Day plunged to a 75. More on them in a bit.
Taylor parred the first three holes while Mickelson birdied No. 2 to tie. But then Taylor birdied 4 and 5 and eagled 6 to blow things open.