Fabian Gomez wins his maiden USPGA Tour title, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, with a four shot victory.
Fabian enjoyed the BBQ at the hotel the night before, and then went out to win his fist ever PGA Tour trophy, the FedEx St. Jude Classic by four shots, with a final round -4 under par 66, and a tournament total -13 under par. He said through an interpreter;
“I slept well last night, had a nice barbecue at the hotel.”
“Tried to keep playing the same way I played the last three days. And I tried to keep my mind blank and enjoy the round.”
“Winning a tournament is a big difference, you have a two-year exemption.”
Greg Owen finished in second place at -9 under par, and understood why Fabian won here;
“He hit every fairway, he played great. He deserved to win. I played great the first eight holes and then hit some rocky shots.”
“Guys are so good, you can’t play average. I’ve got some work to do.”
“Look at my record this year and last year and the year before and two years before that. Yeah, definitely big success.”
“Disappointed today, but I can relax knowing I’ve still got it.”
“To win you’ve got to be special, Fabian proved that.”
Phil Mickelson was one of five players who tied in third place at -8 under par, his -5 under 65 lifting him up the leader board. Phil’s 65 on Sunday was his best final-round score since he posted – 8 under par 62 at last year’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He remains winless since 2013.
Phil said how close it could have been, and is looking forward to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay next week;
“I felt like if I could have hit an eagle putt on 16, I could have gone birdie-birdie and that might have done it.”
Phil only needs a U.S. Open victory to complete his career Grand Slam, at Chambers Bay next week;
“That’s what I’m working on.”
“I really like the golf course, what Mike Davis said is really true.”
“If you’re going to be ready for this tournament it takes a lot more time to learn the golf than just a couple of days.”
“And if you’re having to use Monday through Wednesday to do that you’re not putting that effort into your own game.”
“I’m pleased that I’ve developed kind of a game plan for each hole and how I’m going to get to certain pins.”
“It’s a special course in that there’s a lot of different ways to play shots to a lot of different pins.”
“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.”
Joining Phil tied in third were; Seung -Yul Noh, Michael Thompson, Matt Jones and Brooks Koepka, all at -8 under par for the tournament.
I am looking forward to next week, the U.S. Open, at Chambers Bay appears to be a great challenge, as it should be for such an important Major Championship.