The 2024 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am concluded with a surprising turn of events, as Wyndham Clark, the reigning U.S. Open champion, clinched victory after 54 holes of play. The tournament faced an unusual challenge, forcing the postponement of the final round to Monday due to severe weather conditions, including heavy rainfall and powerful 60 mph winds.
In a virtual news conference, Clark shared his rollercoaster of emotions, describing the experience as a “whirlwind of emotions and feelings.” Despite the unpredictable weather, Clark’s exceptional performance, particularly his record-setting 12-under 60 on Saturday, secured him the win with a total score of 17-under.
The decision to conclude the tournament after 54 holes was made in consideration of safety by the PGA Tour and Monterey County authorities. The storm, expected to persist into Monday morning, prompted a shelter-in-place order for the Pebble Beach community.
Clark, who held a slim 1-stroke lead over Ludvig Åberg after the third round, revealed the challenges of staying focused on a potential fourth round and his attempts to distract himself from the uncertainty.
The U.S. Open champion spent the day playing cards, watching movies, and assessing storm damage. Despite the initial hope for a resumption of play, Clark received calls indicating the likely suspension of the tournament. The final confirmation came during an unexpected pingpong match with a friend, Brian Kettler, leading to hugs and tears.
Pebble Beach holds special significance for Clark and his caddie, John Ellis, making the victory even more meaningful. Clark’s record-breaking performance on Saturday, where he drained over 150 feet of putts, set the stage for his third PGA Tour victory.
Reflecting on his putting struggles since the U.S. Open win, Clark credited a recent change in putting coach and technique for his success. The decision to make significant adjustments to his putting style paid off, with Clark leading the field in strokes gained putting for the week.
Addressing rumors about considering a move to LIV Golf, Clark clarified that he had explored the option but ultimately chose to remain on the PGA Tour. The 30-year-old golfer emphasized his commitment to chasing records and his dream of being among the world’s top players.
While the unconventional end to the tournament may not have been how Clark envisioned winning, he expressed gratitude for an “amazing last 36 hours” and the unique victory at Pebble Beach.