Phil Mickelson made a run at the title, but it was the 288th player in the world who took home the trophy at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Here’s the lowdown from the final round in Memphis.
Leaderboard: Fabian Gomez (-13), Greg Owen (-9), Phil Mickelson (-8), Brooks Koepka (-8), Seung-Yul Noh (-8), Matt Jones (-8), Michael Thompson (-8)
What it means: Owen and Gomez started the day tied for the lead, but it was Owen who jumped out to a two-shot lead with birdies at Nos. 3 and 7. He dropped back after bogeys at 9, 12 and 14, and Gomez took over with three back-nine birdies, including a 30-foot bomb on 18 to close out in style. He now has his first PGA Tour title and all the perks that go with it. Gomez secured his card through the 2016-17 seasons, he has a spot in this year’s Quicken Loans National and the PGA Championship, and he also gets an invite to the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, the Masters and Players Championship.
Round of the day: Mickelson (T-3), Noh (T-3), Billy Horschel (T-8), Boo Weekley (T-8) and Will Wilcox (T-12) all tied for low round of the day with 5-under 65s. Mickelson gained some momentum heading into the U.S. Open with eight birdies against three bogeys, including a 25-foot birdie on 18 that spun around the hole before dropping in.
Best of the rest: Noh was bogey-free in his final-round 65, and it came at a good time. Since a T-38 at the Masters, Noh has gone Cut-WD-Cut-Cut.
Biggest disappointment: Already with a win this season in Phoenix, Koepka had a great chance to add win No. 2 to his resume, but he was undone by bogeys at 9 and 12 and then a double bogey at the par-3 14th. He closed with birdies on two of his last four holes for a share of third.
Quote of the Day: “There’s a lot of different ways to play shots to a lot of different pins, and if you play the highest percentage shot it’s not a hard golf course, but if you don’t know what that shot is and you play the wrong one, there’s a lot of penalty there.” – Mickelson on Chambers Bay