Hayes a Green Machine at John Deere
Hayes birdied the first two holes, while Gamez bogeyed the second at the TPC at Deere Run. Instantly, a tie turned into a three-shot lead, and an advantage Hayes would never relinquish.
The 36-year-old shot 4-under 67 to finish at 22-under-par 262. Robert Gamez (71) birdied the par-5 17th and made a four-footer for par at 18 to finish in solo second, four back.
Hayes' 22-under total was a tournament record in relation to par. David Frost shot 21-under 259 in 1993 at the par-70 Oakwood Country Club, and still owns the aggregate record.
Hayes made only one bogey all week ' and that came in his second-round 61 ' in earning his first victory since his maiden tour title at the Buick Classic in 1998. He also collected his largest career paycheck of $540,000.
'I always believed I'd win again,' Hayes said. 'I'm going to go out and give it 110 percent every tournament and that will never change.'
More from Hayes on his win.
Gamez wasnt able to claim his first win since his rookie season of 1990, but his $324,000 payday ' also the biggest in his 13-year career ' was more than enough to ensure he can skip the qualifying tournament for the first time in five years.
'I played hard all day,' Gamez said. 'I hit a lot of good shots out there that just didn't turn out. J.P. played great for two days. He played a lot better than I did. It was nice to see somebody play well and win instead of me playing poorly and losing.'
Hayes, who birdied his final three holes in Round 3, quickly moved to 20-under after two holes Sunday. And though he parred Nos. 3-10, no one stepped through the open door.
After dropping a shot at the second, Gamez posted a lone birdie over his next 14 holes.
Hayes moved four clear of the field with a birdie at the 11th, and then reeled off another five pars before closing with a birdie at 17.
'For some reason I really felt confident,' Hayes said. 'That's as good as I can play under the circumstances. I'm just tickled to death. It means so much to me.'
Final results from the John Deere Classic
Romo turns in even in PGA Tour debut
After stumbling out of the gates, Tony Romo has found his footing in his PGA Tour debut.
Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies from Nos. 4-8 while playing alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.
The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:
Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Romo, who plays to a plus-0.3 handicap, said earlier in the week that he expected some jitters once it came time to put a tee in the ground.
"You'll be nervous on Thursday on the first tee. Just going to be," Romo said. "I've got to get through the first three or four holes. If I can handle the nerves on the first three or four holes, I think that I'll settle in and hopefully just play the way I've been playing."
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Kim's missing clubs show up at sporting goods store
More than a month after they were lost on an American Airlines flight, the clubs I.K. Kim used to win last year's Ricoh Women's British Open turned up on the sale rack of a California sporting goods store.
Kim's clubs became lost in late January when she flew from Miami to San Diego, with the airline suggesting she simply rent a new set. A few weeks later, Kim shot a "What's in the bag" television segment which according to a Golfweek report caught the eye of three good samaritans in the San Diego area.
The three men recognized Kim's clubs for sale at a local Play It Again Sports, with the major winner's tools listed at $60 each. The store even had Kim's tour bag, complete with her LPGA player badge. Kim filmed the reunion with her bag - containing wedges and a few hybrids, minus the head covers - at the Carlsbad police station:
What’s in my bag now?! They were selling at Play it again ... only $60 each in San Diego. Jack, Jeff, Paul watched my video with @alisonwhitaker1 in Singapore and found my remaining clubs and brought it back to me @lpga_tour this week at Aviara!! Btw... Where is the head covers? They might sell separately?Never mind.
Kim was back in southern California this week for the Kia Classic, where she'll begin play Thursday morning at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.
WGC-Dell Match Play: Scoring, live stream, standings
New dad Garcia removes shoes, wins match
AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the day’s most explosive matches, Sergio Garcia rolled in an 8-footer for birdie at the 18th hole to defeat Shubhankar Sharma, 1 up, at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
The duo halved just nine holes on Day 1 at Austin Country Club, with Garcia going from 2 up through four holes to 1 down with five holes to play.
But the Spaniard rallied with five birdies over his final eight holes and pushed his record to 20-17-1 in the Match Play. He also gave himself his best chance to advance out of pool play since the format began in 2015.
The victory continued what has already been a memorable week for Garcia, whose wife, Angela, gave birth to the couple’s first child last Wednesday.
“I already feel like I’m a winner after what happened on Wednesday,” Garcia said. “Obviously, it's something that we're so, so happy and proud of and enjoying it as much as possible.”
The highlight of Garcia’s round on Wednesday came at the 12th hole when he took a drop on a cart path. After considering his options, he removed his shoes and hit his approach from 212 yards to 29 feet for a two-putt birdie to halve the hole.
“I have spikes. So if I don't take my shoes off, I'm going to slip. It's not the kind of shot that you want to slip,” Garcia said. “I had tried it a couple of times on practice swings and I was already slipping a little bit. So I thought I would just take my shoes off, try to get a little bit in front of the hole and it came out great.”