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Tom Hoge surges past Jordan Spieth to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
With a jammed leader board on Sunday, Hoge was one of seven players who had a share of the lead and it was the 17th hole at Pebble Beach that sealed the tournament’s fate.
Hoge who was chasing his first PGA Tour victory in 200+ starts was duelling it out with Spieth who was chasing his 13 career win.
Hoge went out with an even-par 36 on the front nine but his back nine was where it got interesting. He tied Spieth for the lead on his 16th hole. On the 17th, Hoge rolled in a massive 22-foot putt for birdie while Spieth failed to get up and down from the bunker and Hoge had a 2 shot lead heading into his last hole.
When Spieth failed to make a birdie on the last all pressure was off and all Hoge had to do was par on the last hole. He laid up with his second, hit the green in regulation and comfortably rolled in a 2 par and victory was his.
“It feels pretty good. Almost a little bit in shock,” Hoge said. “It’s been so long since I’ve won anything, I almost forgot to celebrate there on 18.”
“I’ve always kinda got myself in position and then just felt a little uncomfortable on Sundays out there,” Hoge said. “Finally today I felt great the whole day. Felt real calm kinda standing over those putts you need to make down the stretch. It’s awesome. You work through so many hard times, but to be here and finally pull one off feels incredible.”