Morgan holds off Irwin for Champions win at Pebble Beach
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1. Morgan (-14)
2. Irwin (-12)
3. T. Watson (-10)
T-4. Smyth (-8)
T-4. Pooley (-8)
T-4. Simpson (-8)
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The 60-year-old Morgan won at Pebble Beach 15 years after a disappointing finish in the U.S. Open on the historic course. In 1992, Morgan was 12 under after seven holes of the third round, the lowest anyone had been in a U.S. Open, but played the next seven holes in 9 over and ended up tying for 13th.
"Pebble Beach is finally going to let me survive,'' Morgan said. "I kept thinking, 'It's going to give me a reprieve.' "
Morgan finished with a 14-under 202 total, birdieing four of the first six holes Sunday and adding another on No. 16. He opened with a 70 at Pebble Beach and shot a 65 on Saturday at Del Monte.
"I was able salvage some par putts and I think that was the difference today,'' Morgan said.
The 62-year-old Irwin closed with a 69. Irwin, who began the round tied for the lead with Morgan and Smyth, opened with a double bogey and missed a 3½-foot birdie put on the 15th hole.
"It's a long way to come back. You just can't come back from double bogeys, particularly when it's right out of the box,'' Irwin said. "It was such a reverse momentum, I knew I was in a big, big hole.''
Morgan earned $300,000 from the $2 million purse.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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