Matt Gogel made amends for blowing a seven-stroke lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am two years ago by coming through this year's event in California with a three-stroke win over Pat Perez, finishing on 14-under-par. Gogel carded a three-under-par 69, culminating with a 25ft birdie putt on the last hole for his first PGA Tour victory as Perez ended with a triple-bogey to finish with a 76.
It was a bitter disappointment for Perez as he led since the second round and went into the final day of action with a four-stroke advantage. Lee Janzen and Andrew Magee tied for third a further stroke back, while Jose Maria Olazabal was the top European - he finished on 280 to finish in joint-fifth spot.
Two years ago, Gogel completely fell apart as world number one Tiger Woods stormed past him but yesterday, Woods finished well down the field, tied for 12th spot on six-under-par. However, despite his great delight, Gogel spared a thought for Perez after his victory. "I feel for Pat because I've been in that position," he said. "The important thing is that Pat learns from it like I did."
Filed by Amanda Fennelly