PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – There was no fourth-quarter comeback Sunday. There was no Hail Mary on the famed 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Aaron Rodgers at Pebble Beach
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and professional partner Max Homa were three shots off the lead after 10 holes during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. But a tough, two-hole stretch on the wind-swept back nine on a sunny but cool day hit the duo like a blindside blitz, knocking them down the leaderboard as they struggled to a final-round 70 and finished tied for ninth place.
At 24-under-par 263, Rodgers and Homa finished nine shots behind runaway winners Kevin Streelman and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (66). The victory was the second in three years for Streelman and Fitzgerald, who became just the fifth team in the tournament's 80-year history to win the pro-am portion of the PGA Tour event twice.
Rodgers and Homa, who started the day five shots off the pace, picked up two shots on the leaders by the time they reached the third tee. Homa's birdies at Nos. 6 and 8 got them to 4-under and they stayed there after Rodgers made a net par at No. 9, a hole that Homa bogeyed.
A net birdie by Rodgers, who plays to a 9 handicap out of Green Bay Country Club, at No. 10 pushed the team to 5-under on the day, and within three shots of Streelman and Fitzgerald, but that's where things went haywire. Homa double-bogeyed No. 11 and bogeyed No. 12 and Rodgers wasn't able to bail out the team on his ball as they fell to 2-under through 12.
They regained one shot to par when Rodgers scored a net birdie at No. 13, but four pars later, a Homa bogey at No. 18 dropped them to 2-under for the day and 24-under for the week. They shared ninth place with the team of Luke Donald and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
Nick Taylor shot a final-round 70 and became the first Canadian to win this event, topping Streelman by four shots to win with a 19-under 268 total. Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot 74 and finished alone in third.