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September 27 - 29


NATURE VALLEY FIRST TEE OPEN AT PEBBLE BEACH


KIRK TRIPLETT, a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, didn’t waste any time in picking up his first Champions Tour victory. He won the Nature Valley First Tee Open in just his eighth start on that Tour. Triplett fired a final-round, 6-under-par 66 for a two-stroke victory over Mark McNulty. He had shot a 70 at Pebble Beach and had also shot a 70 at the Del Monte Golf Course on Saturday and began the final round four strokes behind Tom Kite and Brad Bryant. “To win anywhere is special,” said Triplett. “But to win at Pebble Beach is extra special. To do it in my first Champions Tour try is great.”


TRIPLETT GOT OFF TO A FAST START Triplett made an eagle on the par-5 second hole, made five birdies and only had one bogey, which came on the par-3 12th. While his last PGA TOUR victory came at the 2006 Chrysler Classic in Tucson, he won the News Sentinel Open last August to become the oldest winner in the history of the Web.com Tour.


“I really hadn’t been playing that well,” said Triplett, who came to Pebble


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With his victory at Pebble Beach, Kirk Triplett became


the first rookie to win on the Champions Tour in 2012,


and also the fourth first-time winner in 2012, joining Corey Pavin (Allianz Championship), Roger Chapman (Senior


PGA Championship) and Joe Daley (Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship).


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Tom Lehman Michael Allen


Bernhard Langer Joe Daley


Fred Couples


Mark Calcavecchia John Cook Brad Bryant


Roger Chapman Kenny Perry


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256 407 564 624 678 733 759 766 803


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Beach with four top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour. “But I’m doing a lot better lately and feeling more comfortable out there.”


Bryant (74) Jay Haas (69) and Bill Glasson (69) tied for third at 6-under while the 62-year-old Kite (who won the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach) closed with a 76 to tie for ninth at 4-under with Jeff Sluman, the 2008, 2009 and 2011 winner. ■


Pebble Beach Golf Links (Par 72/6,837 yards) Del Monte Golf Course (Par 72/6,365 yards) Pebble Beach, California


Kirk Triplett after winning the 2012 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.


Course Insight


PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS


The original design of the Pebble Beach Golf Links was done by a local amateur, Jack Neville, with help from another amateur, Douglas S. Grant. The course has hosted five U.S. Opens, (won by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell), four U.S. Amateurs, two U.S. Women’s Amateurs, the 1977 PGA Championship and every AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am since 1947.


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6 9 9 2 5 6 4 9 1 5


Tournament Record 201, Craig Stadler, 2004


Tournament 18-Hole Record 63, Craig Stadler, 2004 (Pebble Beach)


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