Larry Fitzgerald 1st Pro Athlete Since Marino in 1988 to Win Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2018

From left, Kevin Streelman, Ted Potter Jr. and Larry Fitzgerald pose with their trophies on the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links after the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, in Pebble Beach, Calif. Potter Jr. won the tournament and Streelman and Fitzgerald won the pro-am title. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Larry Fitzgerald is yet to make a commitment to playing football in 2018, but his golf game is in peak form.

Fitzgerald and Kevin Streelman won the PGA's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am team championship Sunday by seven strokes, carding a 12-under fourth round. 

Mark Dalton of the Arizona Cardinals' media relations department noted Fitzgerald is the seventh professional athlete to win the team portion of the Pro-Am. Dan Marino was the last athlete to win the team event in 1988.

"It's great, but I'm just hoping moving forward we don't have to talk about color anymore," Fitzgerald told reporters after it was mentioned he became the first African American amateur to win the team title. "It's just us as one as a people. Just to be here is an accomplishment. But that's quite an accomplishment."

Fitzgerald and Streelman led the event wire to wire, and the Pro Bowl receiver played admirably throughout the week. He hit a shot on the par-three seventh that got within a foot of the hole for an easy tap-in birdie and made a lengthy putt on No. 14.

"Just being completely out of my comfort zone, not being a professional, just kind of dealing with what comes," Fitzgerald said of his mindset. "That's what I think made it special for me, is that this game is so difficult.

"I just think you even have more respect for the guys who win and play consistently at a high level because it's the hardest game out there."

Fitzgerald, 34, is still contemplating his future in football after an offseason that saw Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer retire. He finished second in the NFL with 109 receptions last season, matching his career high.

Streelman finished sixth in the individual competition.

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