It's tough to measure how important this victory is to Davis Love III, who broke a three-year drought and can justify his World Ranking of No. 7.
Love has been in position to win countless times over the past three years, but he's never made the putts on Sunday. He made them this time, along with the drives and approaches. Following his victory over Tiger Woods at the Williams World Challenge during the Silly Season, this should give him the confidence to produce a huge season.
Love is always a factor in majors, but this renewed confidence should translate to more than contender this season.
Phil Mickelson leaves Pebble Beach wondering what might have been if his usually reliable short game had been in order. He missed several short putts and took a miscalculated risk on No. 18 with his driver when a layup, wedge and putt could have put him in a playoff.
Last year, Tiger Woods left Pebble Beach with his sixth consecutive victory. This year, he leaves with his sixth straight start without a win. The confidence in his putter seems to be gone, but one good week will solve that.
His tie for 13th is his first finish out of the top 10 since the Buick Open last August.
The win makes Love the sixth different winner after six official events this season. Love heads to San Diego next week where he, Mickelson and Woods have all won in recent years.
-- Greg Robertson
ESPN Golf Online