Winners and losers from Pebble Beach week

This past weekend saw a lot of great story lines and we are here to give you the good and the bad of it. Here are our winners and losers from this past weekend in golf.


Jimmy Walker -- It wasn't exactly the closing 64 that we saw Phil Mickelson throw at us during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2012, but Walker didn't need a finish like that. He worked hard to have six shots to play with on Sunday and was able to close out his third victory of 2014 and proudly snag the title of "Best Golfer in the World at this Moment." Walker looks destined to not only compete in major championships, but make the Ryder Cup team later this year if he continues playing at this level.

Cheyenne Woods -- Critics will say that this event wasn't part of the LPGA Tour so it doesn't matter as much, but winning is winning and Woods did so in an event that featured names like Yani Tseng, Caroline Hedwall, Jessica Korda and Belen Mozo. Cheyenne has the entire package to bring fans to the LPGA and this win only helps her credibility, her confidence and her future for 2014.

Jim Renner -- The unknown 30-year-old carded a final round 67 at Pebble Beach to tie for second, the highest finish of his career and good enough to jump him 300 spots in the Official World Rankings. Renner birdied five of his final eight holes to give him a shot at a playoff with Walker, and while that didn't happen it was a pretty remarkable week for a guy you most likely hadn't heard about before Thursday.

The CBS camera guy on 18 -- Kudos to CBS for giving us the perfect angle of that winning putt by Walker, setting up directly behind the hole so we could watch his par effort bump and bounce all the way to victory. It was great work by the producers and camera crew to get that angle and it made the final moment of the Pebble Beach event that much better.

John Daly's pants -- I mean, how much better could it get?


Phil Mickelson -- Most were hoping for a final round 64 from Phil the Thrill to match what he did in 2012, but it was 10 shots worse this Sunday and that was because his putter apparently didn't like the cold or wind. Phil said it was the worst he's putted in a year and a half but I would venture to say it is as bad as he has ever rolled the rock on a golf course that has seen him leave with the trophy four times.

Hunter Mahan -- It's hard to call a guy a loser when he finishes in sixth place, but the trophy was there for the taking with Walker struggling on his back nine and it was Mahan who looked primed to steal it. Sadly, Mahan's back nine was a whole lot of nothing, and matching 72s on the weekend are a far cry from the 65-65 he threw at the field to win the 2010 Waste Management Open. Mahan is now almost two years removed from his last PGA Tour win and will need a lot better play at the end of events if he wants to change that.

D.A. Points -- Sure, the rule might be dumb, but it's a simple rule and one that most everyone knows. You can't pull out a swing device like the one he had and use it during the round. Points should know better than that.

Jordan Spieth -- In three of the four rounds this week, Spieth made just two bogeys and looked like the prodigy we have all come to call him. His third round 78 lost him the golf tournament and has critics scratching their heads about how often he throws out these big numbers after great rounds. Spieth will need to learn how to work through those bad rounds or the winning will come few and far between.

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