Pitt football great Larry Fitzgerald won the 2018 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with PGA pro Kevin Streelman on Sunday. What’s more, in a competition that’s oddly been dominated by celebrity amateurs since its inception in 1937, he’s just the seventh professional athlete to win the tournament. The last was fellow Pitt legend Dan Marino 30 years ago in 1988.
Fitzgerald and Streelman finished 41 under par, with a seven-stroke advantage over the second-place pairing of amateur Brian Swette and PGA pro Chez Reavie. One stroke behind Swette and Reavie were Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and pro golfer Russell Knox. And former “Fresh Prince” actor Alfonso Ribeiro came in fifth with pro William McGirt.
On the first Sunday since completion of @NFL season @LarryFitzgerald & partner Kevin Streelman win AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am team title.— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) February 11, 2018
Tourney began in 1937. Fitz becomes 1st African American to accomplish that.
Also just 7th althlete to win & 1st in 30 years (Marino ‘88) pic.twitter.com/Q05Xf5aVoM
“Just being completely out of my comfort zone, not being a professional, just kind of dealing with what comes — that’s what I think made it special for me,” Fitzgerald told reporters. “This game is so difficult, and I think you even have more respect for the guys who are able to win and play consistently at a high level, because this is the hardest game out there.”
In addition to becoming the second former Pitt football star to win at Pebble Beach, Fitzgerald also became the first African-American amateur to win the team title at the event. He talked about that milestone after the pro-am on Sunday.
“It’s great, but I’m just hoping moving forward we don’t have to talk about color anymore,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s just about us as one as people. … But that’s quite an accomplishment.”
Regarding his professional career, Fitzgerald still has a decision to make on his future in the NFL. The 14-year veteran is under contract for one more season with the Arizona Cardinals but has not yet committed to returning. However, he said on the NFL Network that he would make a decision regarding his retirement in “a week or two” on Feb. 4.