Gamez played the 6,478-yard Indian Wells Country Club course, the shortest on the tour and also rated the easiest on the tour for the past three years.
Gamez began his round at No. 10 and had a 33 at the turn when he began a string of four birdies, then chipped in for an eagle from just off the green at No. 5 to go to 9 under for the day.
He parred the next hole, but sank a 20-footer on No. 7 to begin a string of three more birdies to complete the round.
'Well, I guess I finally played well,' Gamez said in understatement.
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