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Love claims comeback win

Golfer storms back from 7-shot deficit at Pebble Beach

February 5, 2001

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— Davis Love III put together an impressive comeback to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Seven strokes behind to start the final round, Love erased that margin by playing his first seven holes in 8-under par, then made a birdie on the final hole to complete a 63 and win for the first time in 34 months.

"I was reading the paper this morning ... and I looked at the scores and said, 'I'm only seven back.' That's where Tiger Woods was last year," Love said. "It can be done."

Love buried his 0-for-62 drought on the PGA Tour in style. His 9-under 63 was the best closing score by a winner in the history of the National Pro-Am. Love finished at 272 for a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh, and three shots ahead of Phil Mickelson.

Woods made up seven strokes over his final seven holes last year. He tied for 13th, eight strokes behind. Kansas graduate Matt Gogel shot a 71 Sunday to finish 5-under par, good for $26,067. He was 11 shots back.

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