Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) -- D.A. Points collected his first U.S. PGA Tour win at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and helped his amateur partner, actor and comedian Bill Murray, to a golfing “Cinderella story” of his own.
Points shot a 5-under-par 67 during yesterday’s final round at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California, to finish at 15-under-par 271 for the tournament, two shots better than Hunter Mahan.
Points, 34, also teamed with Murray for a two-shot win in the pro-am portion of the tournament, which was first hosted in 1937 by singer Bing Crosby. Murray -- who reprised his bumbling greenskeeper character Carl Spackler from the 1980 movie “Caddyshack” on the 18th green -- won for the first time since he started playing and entertaining crowds at the 1992 edition.
“I knew that the only chance D.A. had to win was if I could make it through the entire week without ever asking him what the initials D.A. stood for,” Murray said. “I didn’t, and he’s the champion.”
Points, a four-time winner on the second-tier Nationwide Tour, took the lead for good by holing his approach shot for an eagle at the par-5 14th hole. He threw his club in the air and ran over to exchange a chest bump and hug with Murray. Points, winless in his 127 previous PGA Tour starts, receives $1.13 million, a two-year playing exemption on golf’s top tour and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.
“Pebble Beach may be the most iconic place in America to play golf and to win here is just a dream come true,” said Points, whose initials stand for Darren Andrews.
‘Kept Me Loose’
Murray, 60, has for years been one of the event’s most visible amateur participants, frequently interacting with fans and entertaining crowds with his jokes and antics.
After Points hit his tee shot at the par-3 17th hole yesterday, Murray offered him ice cream from a nearby concession cart he raided.
“I was expecting him to be more of a distraction than he was,” Points said in a news conference. “He taught me to go ahead and have a little more fun and in turn, it distracted me from trying so hard. It kept me loose.”
Murray is widely known to golfers for his Spackler character, who used explosives to rid a golf course of a gopher in “Caddyshack” and whose most famous lines came as he took swings at flowers outside the clubhouse.
“Cinderella story,” he says. “Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac...It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”
Murray, who has a 13 handicap, uttered similar lines yesterday before his final putt and then joked afterwards about turning professional. Murray previously won a pro-am event on the seniors’ tour at Pebble Beach with partner Scott Simpson.
“The whole last two holes were kind of an out of body experience,” Murray said. “I didn’t know how to be particularly funny or a particularly good golfer. I just managed to get sort of like stumble in, and I knew I had to sort of get out of the way.”
Previous notable amateur winners of the tournament include Hall of Fame football player Dan Marino, actor Andy Garcia and musician Kenny G.
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