When a guy closes out a tournament with 10 birdies in his final round and then adds an 11th in sudden death, you know he’s had a great day – and hit a lot of fantastic shots. That’s what Fabian Gomez did on Sunday to capture the Sony Open in Hawaii.
A couple of shots in his final-round 62 stood out, though. One was his tee shot on the par-3 11th hole. He stepped onto the box having birdied five straight holes, so he was clearly red-hot. His swing on the 195-yard hole was, as you might suspect, almost perfect – his ball wound up a foot from the hole and he tapped in to keep his birdie train steaming right along.
The other came on the final hole of regulation where, despite all his heroics, Gomez needed one more big shot to extend his day. Just off the green on the 532-yard, par 5 in three, he was 22 feet away from the flag. The putt was fairly straight, but it had to transition from the collar onto the short grass – and it was the final hole of regulation.
But Gomez’s putt was true, and the ball marched directly into the heart of the cup. That birdie – his 10th of the day at that point – gave Gomez the outright lead at that moment and forced Snedeker to make a clutch putt of his own to get into the playoff.