Win the first for Brooks since 1996 PGA Championship

Updated: November 24, 2002, 10:19 PM ET
Associated Press

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Mark Brooks birdied the final three holes Sunday en route to a 3-under-par 69 and pulled way from late-charging Jeff Gove to claim the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.

Mark Brooks

Brooks, the 1996 PGA Championship winner, tapped in from three feet on the 18th hole en route to his 16-under-par 272 in the uniquely formatted tournament.

''They were some pretty decent rounds; that's not a bad score around here,'' said Brooks, whose win was his first since his PGA title.

Brooks finished second in an 18-hole playoff to Retief Goosen in the 2001 U.S. Open and has won seven PGA Tour events in his 20-year career.

''People didn't believe me, but I would have retired had I won the Open,'' said Brooks, who finished 95th on this season's money list. ''But now I'm not going to.''

Brooks, who won the event in 1992 and finished second to Juli Inkster in 1990, earned $60,000.

The $300,000 event featured players from the four major pro tours, club professionals and amateurs. Senior and women pros were given tee-shot distance advantages in the 31st annual event.

Gove, who will return to the Tour next season following two years on the PGA Tour, also birdied the final three holes to move into a tie with Brooks at 13-under par following a 66.

''I looked at the leaderboard at 16 for the first time and said, 'Hey, I'm here on vacation, I might as well give it a shot,' '' said Gove, who had the final day's low round.

But Gove, playing several groups ahead of the eventual tournament winner, waited only briefly before hearing Brooks had begun his birdie spree.

Loren Roberts, the reigning Texas Open titlist and first-round co-leader with Emilee Klein, shot a 68 and finished tied for third at 277 with Duffy Waldorf, who had a final-round 72.

Roger Maltbie, who carded a final-round 70, finished alone in fifth at 10-under-par 278 and led the 11 Senior PGA Tour entrants.

Wendy Ward, one of five women who advanced to the final round, had a final-round 72 and led the LPGA contingent at 281.

Defending titlist Olin Browne, a two-time PGA Tour winner, playing for the second straight day at Pebble Beach, had a final-round 74 and finished at 284.

Johnny Milller, the event winner 20 years ago, was scheduled to play the final round in the same foursome as his son, Andy. But Miller, the tournament host who began the day at 2-under-par, withdrew citing back pain.

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