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Washout hands massive win to RPSPORT readers; THE 19TH HOLE.

Byline: Jeremy Chapman is counting his winnings after another amazing week of tipping

WITH play in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am washed out on Sunday and yesterday, RPSPORT selection Dustin Johnson was returned the four-shot 80-1 winner over 20-1 runner-up Mike Weir and bookies paid out on 54-hole scores.

Charlie McCann, spokesman for Stan James who laid the top price, said: "Another great result for Racing Post readers. We saw plenty of money at 80-1 and 66-1 and he was 50-1 when he stood on the first tee.

"We were praying the wind and rain would relent to give us a chance but the bottom line is that he was four clear after 54 holes and thoroughly deserved his second PGA Tour victory."

Gales of up to 45mph lashed exposed Pebble Beach in California's Monterey Peninsula on Sunday, bringing down a 40ft pine tree on the third fairway.

A scorers' tent was also blown down.

The pro-am section was wound up early to allow a reduced field of 68 pros the chance to get round, but the weather failed to relent on Monday and after play was put back one further hour, officials finally had to admit defeat.

The last 54-hole Pebble Beach winner was Payne Stewart in 1999 but the tournament has a history of weather problems.

Retief Goosen finished third at 33-1 with veterans Bob Estes (150-1) and Mark Calcavecchia (250-1) joint-fourth. Bets placed after the close of Saturday's third round are void.

Victory for the 24-year-old Walker Cupper Johnson - his second in 36 starts since turning pro - puts him at 45 on the world rankings and gets him into the Accenture Match Play and the first two Majors.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 17, 2009
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