PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Fairmont native William McGirt came in tied for second place on Sunday at the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational, a single shot behind winner Tommy Gainey. The event, which is a pro-am, is not PGA Tour sanctioned.
Gainey birdied the final hole with a three-foot putt to finish at 11-under 277 after beginning the final round two shots behind overnight leader Robert Streb.
“I was looking at the scoreboard and I knew I needed the putt to win,” said Gainey, who last month claimed his first PGA Tour win at the McCladrey Classic with a final-round 60. “I was glad it went in.”
McGirt, three shots off the lead after the third round, shot 69 in the finale of a tournament that features players from the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour and Web.com Tour. McGirt and Kirk Triplett, playing one group ahead of Gainey, both missed birdie attempts on the 18th to move to 11 under.
Contacted by Facebook, McGirt was unsure how much of the $300,000 purse he claimed, but Gainey took home $60,000 for first place.
Billy Horschel, who finished with a 72, was alone in fourth place at 9 under.
Tommy Armour III, who won the tournament in 2007 and 2008, finished at 8 under after a 70. Streb moved to 13 under after four holes and held a three-shot margin over Gainey. But Streb quickly faltered, finished with a 76 and was grouped with Bryce Molder (68), John Cook (71) and James Hahn (73) at 6 under.
Annika Sorenstam shot a 69 and finished at 1 over that included an 81 at Spyglass Hill on Saturday.
“For me, there’s just rust and not playing often,” said Sorenstem, “That’s when you notice the biggest difference.”
Sorenstam, a 10-time major winner who retired from the LPGA Tour in 2008, has played in only a few competitive tournaments since, including the Pebble Beach Invitational three times.