O'Meara rallies to 4th Pebble Beach win Sluman is beaten on 1st extra hole


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The thoughts went tumbling through his mind, Mark O'Meara said, when he watched Jeff Sluman's 20-foot putt fall into the cup on the 72nd hole yesterday.

"What's it going to take?" was O'Meara's first thought.

"What do you have to do? I was in a playoff two weeks ago. I don't want another playoff. What's it going to take?"

He answered his question one hole later, on the first playoff hole for the title in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

It took a 15-foot, par-saving putt, and O'Meara made it. Sluman, with a chance to extend the playoff, missed from about 12 feet.

"He made and I missed. That was it," Sluman said.

The one-putt par on the first extra hole provided O'Meara with a record fourth title in this event and his third in four years.

"A tremendous victory for me," O'Meara said after he'd broken a tie with Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead for the most wins in the tournament that formerly was known as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.

O'Meara and Sluman each birdied the final hole at Pebble Beach to complete the regulation 72 holes in 275, 13-under par.

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