As Daniel Berger stood on the 18th tee box Sunday at Pebble Beach, up ahead Maverick McNealy was club twirling after hitting 3-iron from 230 yards out to 22 feet. McNealy later would two-putt for birdie to tie Berger atop the leaderboard at 16 under.
The stage was then set for Berger.
From 250 yards out, Berger stepped on a 3-wood found the putting surface. Moments later, his 30-footer for eagle found the bottom of the cup.
“That was the best putt I’ve ever hit in my life,” said Berger, who closed in 7-under 65 to win by two shots. His final round included just one bogey, four birdies and two eagles. He also eagled the par-5 second hole, his fourth eagle of the week.
McNealy’s reaction was pretty priceless, too:
Berger, who began last year ranked outside the top 100 in the world rankings thanks to a wrist injury, entered this week at No. 15. He won last summer in the PGA Tour’s return to golf at Colonial and had added three top-3s since. Now, after Sunday’s victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Berger owns four career Tour titles and is poised to flirt with the top 10 in the world. He had reached No. 13 earlier this season.