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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald wins the Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald became the first African-American amateur to win the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in the 81-year history of the event.

He and partner Kevin Streelman held the lead after every round of the event, which ended Sunday in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Fitzgerald entered the pro-am with a 13 handicap. He is the first professional athlete to win the amateur event since quarterback Dan Marino took home the title in 1988. Only five other pro athletes have won: Lefty O’Doul (1949), Albie Pearson (1963), John Brodie (1970), Jacky Lee (1975) and George Brett (1987).

The 34-year-old Fitzgerald continued his strong play throughout the weekend after starting strong playing alongside Streelman, who compete with one another at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale.

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“I’m glad you carried your own weight, one time, man,” Fitzgerald told Streelman during the trophy presentation on TV. “I’m going to keep the original, then I’m going to give him one made that he can put in his house next to all his other trophies.”

The duo finished with a huge seven-shot lead over the second-place team with a 12-under in their final round.

Now that he’s not distracted with more important things, Fitzgerald can maybe make his decision on whether he will return to play for the Cardinals in 2018.


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