Gomez tops Snedeker to win Sony Open in playoff

By Nick MentaJanuary 18, 2016, 3:47 am

Fabian Gomez made birdie on the second extra hole to defeat Brandt Snedeker and win the Sony Open in a playoff. Here’s how things finished up in overtime at Waialae Country Club:

Leaderboard: Gomez (-20), Snedeker (-20), Zac Blair (-19), Si Woo Kim (-16)

What it means: This is Gomez's second PGA Tour victory, following his win at the FedEx St. Jude last June. Four shots back to start the day, Gomez fired an 8-under 62 and closed with back-to-back birdies on the 71st and 72nd holes to reach 20 under par. He was later tied by Snedeker. After both players halved the first playoff hole with pars, Gomez was able to birdie the par-5 18th for the second time Sunday and wrap up the victory when Snedeker’s attempt to halve slid by the hole. The 37-year-old Argentine was already 36th on the Olympic points list and has likely wrapped up a spot in Rio along with fellow countryman Emiliano Grillo. Gomez is the fourth player from Argentina to win multiple times on the PGA Tour, joining Angel Cabrera, Jose Coceres, and Roberto de Vicenzo.

Round of the day: Gomez went on 59-watch and appeared to be the man to beat when he pushed his score to 8 under through 12 holes thanks to seven straight birdies on Nos. 6-12. Though consecutive bogeys at 13 and 14 slowed his momentum and allowed Blair and Snedeker to keep pace, Gomez closed in style with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18, including a 22-foot make from off the fairway at the home hole. Gomez’s 62 tied for the round of the week.

Best of the rest: The overnight leader, Snedeker found himself as many as five shots back before a second-nine rally and a birdie on the 72nd hole got him to 4 under for the round and 20 under for the championship. On all three trips down 18 Sunday, Snedeker hit driver and failed to find the fairway. On his final attempt, he found a fairway bunker and had to lay up short of the green. After a wedge shot finished behind the pin, his birdie attempt to extend the playoff wouldn’t go.

Biggest disappointment: Playing in the final group with Snedeker and Blair, Kevin Kisner never made a move. Just one back to start the day, Kisner shot an even-par 70 as two double bogeys erased four birdies. Nonetheless, the RSM winner racked up his eighth top-5 finish since the beginning of last season. Blair, to his credit, held or shared the lead for most of the day, but his eagle attempt on the 72nd hole didn't fall, leaving him one shot shy of the playoff.

Shot of the day: Gomez’s 22-foot birdie make from the apron to secure his spot in the playoff.

Quote of the day: “He’s very proud of himself and his caddie walking next to him. His caddie’s dad passed away just a few a weeks ago.” – Emiliano Grillo’s caddie, Jose Luis Campra, translating for Gomez

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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