Singh blows out field at Pebble

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Pebble Beach, CA (Sports Network) - continued his amazing run of golf on Sunday by blowing out the field and capturing the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He fired a three-under 69 and won the event by three shots at 16-under-par 272. Singh won for the first time in 2004 but for the 16th time in his PGA Tour career. This was his 12th consecutive top-10 finish, which puts him two behind Jack Nicklaus' 1977 record.

"I'm just playing the best I can," said Singh, who pocketed $954,000 for the win. "I just try to go out and win as many as I can. Just focus on each day and each week - that's may goal this year."

overcame a four-putt double-bogey at the 16th with a pair of birdies at his final two holes. He carded a three-under 69 and took second at minus-13.

, who won this title in 1998, also posted a three-under 69 and finished alone in third place at 12-under-par 276.

Arron Oberholser, a third-round co-leader, struggled to a four-over 76 and tied for fourth place with (71) and reigning Masters champion (70), whose chances for a higher finish were dashed when his second at the famous par-five 18th at Pebble Beach landed in the Pacific Ocean. The trio finished at nine-under-par 279.

Singh began Sunday's final round tied for the lead with Oberholser and Singh wasted little time in distancing himself from the second-year tour member.

Singh birdied the first, then drained a six-footer for birdie at the second. The No. 2 player in the world missed both the fairway and the green at the third but rolled in a 15-footer for birdie from the fringe to collect three birdies in a row and go three clear of Oberholser.

"You need to have patience," said Singh. "I wasn't comfortable off the first three holes but I made birdies out of it. I got my thoughts together and started playing well."

Singh dropped a shot at the fifth to give Oberholser a glimmer of hope but the young American also made bogey. The pair traded birdies at the sixth and pars at seven, but the difficult eighth hole separated the two for good.

Oberholser's approach at the par-four hole landed in a hazard and he was only able to make a double-bogey six. Singh knocked a four-iron to five feet and made birdie to go ahead of Oberholser by six.

Singh ran into some trouble closing out the front nine. He missed a four- footer for par at the ninth but more than made up for it when he chipped in for birdie at the 10th and hit the flag with his approach at No. 11. Singh did not make birdie at 11 but the tournament was all but over.

Maggert got the closest to Singh's lead with four birdies and a bogey through his first 15 holes. At the 16th, Maggert four-putted for a double-bogey but he holed out from a bunker at the 17th and drained a 10-footer for birdie at the last.

Singh seemed to know the tournament was his on the back nine and played sensible golf. He drove into a bunker right of the flag at the par-three 17th and made bogey but had a good look at birdie on the 18th.

Singh needed to hole his third shot to tie for the lead in the amateur portion with partner and good friend Ted Fortsmann. Last year's PGA Tour money leader could not hole out, but played to seven feet. The putt did not fall so it was only a three-shot win for Singh, the professional.

"The greens are really rough, the condition of the ground is not very good, but you have to have patience, go out there and play each hole at a time," said Singh, referring to his strategy for victory. "Try to have fun!"

and amateur partner Robert Halmi won the amateur team contest.

picked up his third top-15 of the season Sunday. The colorful Swede shot a two-under 70 and tied for seventh place with Mark Hensby (70) and Tom Pernice, Jr. (72) at eight-under-par 280.

Corey Pavin (71), Kent Jones (69), (73) and Bill Glasson (73) tied for 10th at minus-seven.

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