Gomez The Great
What else do you call a guy that made 10 birdies (SEVEN IN A ROW) in the final round of a tournament, while in contention, en route to a 62? Fabian Gomez played well last week at the Tournament of Champions hitting his first 36 greens in regulation at Kapalua. He didn’t putt great but still earned a top ten finish. After island hopping to Oahu for the Sony he shot a pedestrian 69 on Thursday and didn’t appear to be a threat to contend again. Shooting 65-64-62 will change such a threat level very quickly.
With 9 birdies already on the card Gomez made some sloppy bogies on the back nine and needed a 4 on the final hole (par five 18th) to post 20 under. He played the 18th hole 3 times on Sunday and only hit the fairway once. Fabian laid up for his first go around from the rough, miss hit his wedge, and had to make this to get his birdie.
Onions! I counted him out after the wedge shot. He looked nervous. Of course Snedeker matched his birdie and met him back on 18 for a 2 hole playoff. On the 2nd hole of sudden death Gomez took something off his tee shot, found the fairway, the green in 2, and two putted for another 4 to beat Snedeker’s par for the win. Gomez becomes the 3rd Argentinian to win multiple times on the PGA Tour. He’s close to a lock for the Argentinian Olympic team. He should be locked into all the WGC fields (which are free money due to no cuts). And he also earns a trip back to Maui for the TOC in January of 2017. Well done.
Brandt Snedeker has to be kicking himself for losing the playoff with Gomez. He missed the fairway 3 straight times on the tricky 18th and hit his last two birdie putts like he was afraid of the moment. And this is a guy that we need making those clutch putts in the Ryder Cup 8 months from now! He told Golf Channel he never got comfortable on the greens all week. That sounds dumb when one posts 20 under in four rounds on the golf course. He later admitted to hitting weak putts when they mattered and that he won’t sleep well on Sunday because of it.
I feel like BS is the kinda guy that will only get hungrier from this near miss. He likes a lot of the golf courses due up on the Tour schedule in the next four weeks. If he doesn’t win in San Diego I know I’ll be picking him at Pebble Beach.
Fed Ex Cup leader Kevin Kisner looked primed to get his 2nd win of the season (you didn’t know he already won, did you?) as he was the 18 and 36 hole leader. Kiz didn’t play poorly on Saturday. He was one shot off the lead and playing in the final group with Zak Blair and Brandt Snedeker on Sunday. He doubled the 8th, you all saw his missed short birdie attempt at 15 and ejection from contention at 17, but a T5 finish rarely hurts your Fed Ex standings.
Feisty Zak Blair took solo 3rd at the Sony. This was Blair’s first true bout with contention. He handled himself pretty well, but the tourney was his to lose until Gomez started his bird hunt. Zak made some sloppy bogies but then hit the shot of this life to have a chance at the playoff on 18. He’s all guts.
Blair is a Tim Clark doppelganger as noted by Frank Nobilo during the broadcast. The short-knocker also got involved in bit of controversy on the 71st hole when he chipped from the fringe using his 3 wood. Because he’s such a shrimp, his baggy shirt made it look as if he was anchoring the club to his body. Replay showed this clearly wasn’t the case and Blair was cleared of any pending penalty. Who the fuck thought is was an issue in the first place? I thought we were done with the call-in bullshit.
Si Woo Kim was once best known as the youngest PGA Tour Q-School qualifier edging out Ty Tryon just a few short years ago. He’s now back via graduating from the Web.com Tour and was in contention at the Sony this week. Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz was covering Si Woo’s group on Sunday and mentioned during his air time how Kim has his caddie line him up (like all the LPGA players do) before every shot. This is the first male I’ve ever seen do this. It is annoying as fuck. It makes him play slower than everyone else in the field. And I think Foltz’ point about the USGA banning this looper assistance is a valid one. Lining up your own shot is an integral part of the game. Kim does it because he’s playing for a living and needs any advantage he can find. My guess is he won’t be very popular with his peers because of this tactic.
Greetings From The EurAsia Cup
In Kuala Lumpur the usual European Ryder Cup stalwarts took on Asian Tour members in the 2nd semi-annual EurAsia Cup matches. Yeah, that is a thing, but it isn’t a competitive thing. The Euros took the Asian team behind the wood shed and drubbed them by 13 point. No, that is not a typo. Thirteen fucking points! Why do they even play?
I’ll tell you why, because this is how you grow the game, or so I’m told. It also gives the Euros a warm up to the Ryder Cup just like the U.S. team plays the Presidents Cup. It obviously isn’t close in the level of competition, but do you think the likes of Ian Poulter cares? He will probably count this as another trophy in his trophy case. Fucking wanker. Well done Captain Clarke and friends. We’ll see you this September in Minnesota.
Shot Of The Day
I told you above that Zak Blair hit the shot of his life on the 72nd hole. He knew it when he hit it. Turn the volume up if you missed this.
Bring your own guts! We all love gritty guys that pull shots off like Zak did. What is funny about it is he had 275 left to that green. He only hit his drive about 265. If your playing partner on Saturday morning at the local muni waited for a green to clear when he had more left to the green than he hit it off the tee you’d be laughing at him. These guys are that good.