Gomez wins St Jude Classic, Jones third
Fabian Gomez of Argentina won his first PGA Tour title Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, finishing with a 13-under total to defeat England’s Greg Owen by four strokes.
Gomez, 36, began the round tied with Owen as joint leader at 9-under with 23 players within four strokes. A closing 66 from the 288th-ranked golfer in the world made him the latest Argentine winner on the PGA Tour, following in the footsteps of Roberto De Vicenzo, Jose Coceres, Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero.Australia’s Matt Jones finished third at the St Jude Classic (Credit: Anthony Powter)
In 69 previous PGA Tour events, Gomez had only three top-10 finishes. But he does have a Web.com victory and 11 other wins in Latin America and Canada to his credit.
Gomez is not exempt for the US Open this week, but his win secures his card through the 2016-17 season plus a spot in the PGA Championship this year and the 2016 Masters.
“It’s like a dream come true. Winning on the PGA TOUR is really tough. You have many great players, and winning here with so many players is amazing,” said Gomez.
Phil Mickelson’s final round 65 pushed him into a five-way tie for third at eight-under with South Korean Noh Seung-yul (65), American Michael Thompson (66), Australian Matt Jones (66) and Brooks Koepka (70).
“I played really well today, and looking back there were there were three, four, five shots I left out there. I really hit a lot of good shots. I made a lot of birdies. Made some good putts,” said Mickelson following his round of 65.
“More importantly I was able to control the miss for the most part on where I wanted it to go. I hit a lot of good iron shots the way I wanted to and ended up making some good birdies.”
Jones was only two strokes behind Gomez after a birdie on No. 13, but the Aussie couldn’t roll in a birdie putt from 10 feet on the par-3 14th and then had a bogey on No. 15 after hitting into the rough twice to damage his chances of a second PGA Tour victory after winning the 2014 Houston Open.
Cameron Percy was the next best of the Aussies with a final round 66 moving him 22 places up the leaderboard to finish in a tie for 18th. Steven Bowditch was another final day mover also firing a 66 to finish in a tie for 22nd position.
Robert Allenby was able to make a cut but a final day 75 saw him finish in a tie for 64th position at 4 -over, with Aaron Baddeley at the bottom of the field in 75th position at 14-over.
Greg Chalmers, Rod Pampling missed the 1-over cut mark along with former US Open winner, Graeme McDowell.