Tom Brady's whirlwind weekend playing in the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif., came to an end with an impressive fourth-place showing after Sunday's final round 63.
Brady and his partner, Jesper Parnevik, held the lead through two rounds of the event, posting back-to-back 64s to open the tournament. Things got a little tougher for the pair on Saturday, however, when they shot a disappointing 68 that ultimately knocked them off the pace.
Phil Tataurangi and Craig Heatley, a television executive from New Zealand, tied Brad Faxon and Thomas Ryan, a Rhode Island corporate executive, at 31-under (257) for a share of the Pro-Am title. Davis Love III, who won the PGA event, and Jonathan Linen finished in third place, one shot back.
Brady played the first two rounds in a foursome that included former Miami quarterback Dan Marino and the two enjoyed the friendly competition, according to a story in the Feb. 7 San Jose Mercury News.
When asked if the infamous tuck rule came up, Marino smiled and admitted, "It might have come up once." Brady quickly responded, "I've got my Super Bowl ring tucked in my bag."
Brady ultimately came out on top when Marino and his partner, Fred Couples, failed to make the Sunday cut. But he lost out on a chance to win the Jack Lemmon Award, presented to the amateur who helped his pro partner the most over the 72-hole event. Frank Herringer, a retired CEO of Transamerica Corp., took the prize by helping his partner Brett Quigley by 26 strokes. Brady had done the same for Parnevik through 54 holes but was eliminated when Parnevik failed to make the final-day cut.
It was a different experience for the Patriots quarterback, who dealt with his share of attention playing close to his San Mateo home. After his errant bunker shot during his opening round sailed over the green into the woods, a fan yelled, "No, Tom. It was a down-and-out, not a post pattern." Still, Brady enjoyed the weekend's festivities.
"It's a lot different than what I'm normally used to," Brady said after his opening round.