Lujan, Buenos Aires, Argentina (December 1, 2014) – Enjoying a five stroke-lead to resume the third and final round of the Personal Classic this Monday morning, Argentina’s Fabián Gómez was simply unstoppable.
On the six holes he had left to play in order to successfully defend the title, Gómez made three birdies and posted a 10-under 62 that matched the lowest score of the week.
Gómez ended up winning by seven strokes, the second largest margin of victory ever on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
His impressive total of 24-under par 192 over 54 holes of play at Las Praderas Club Campos de Golf was also the lowest score under par ever recorded on Tour.
“To go that low you have to make a lot of putts and that’s what I did,” said the 36-year old winner who claimed back his PGA TOUR card via the Web.com Tour this past season.
When the third round started on Saturday, Gómez made two eagles, four birdies and his only bogey of the week to pull away before play was suspended due to weather issues. The bad weather prevented any chance of resuming on Sunday, forcing Tour official to shorten the event.
Gómez resumed play this morning making the up-and-down for birdie at the par-5 No. 13. Then he holed out from a bunker for his second birdie of the day at the par-three No. 15 and finished by sinking a 22-footer for birdie at the last.
“I wanted to make birdie on every hole, but sometimes that’s not possible. I’m really happy about closing with a round of 10-under. I made two eagles when we started this round on Saturday and that was key for me,” said Gómez, who became the tenth player with multiple career wins on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Ranked No. 38 on the FedExCup standings after collecting a T8 finish at The McGladrey Classic and two other top-25 finishes to start the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season, Gómez sees this win as a valuable confidence booster.
“It helps a lot, because that’s what you play for. If you don’t work hard and make some sacrifices you can’t win. You have to keep working hard in order to achieve your goals,” added the champion.
Two other Argentines finished inside the top-3. Gustavo Acosta, who held the 36-hole lead after carding a 62 of his own on Friday, carded a 70 to finish seven behind at the solo second. Nelson Ledesma carded a 66 to finish two shots further back at the solo third.
The shot of the morning came courtesy of Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubón, who holed out from 120 yards for eagle on the last hole. By posting a 67, Cazaubón moved into a two-way tie for fourth with Argentina’s Tommy Cocha, who bogeyed two of the last four holes to card a 71.
Watch: Fabián Gómez's final birdie on the 54th hole
Weather. Overcast. A high of 65-degrees. Light winds SE.
Repeats as winner of the Personal Classic to make it two wins in only four career starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. He joins nine other players in a list of ten multiple winners on Tour.
Becomes the second player to successfully defend a PGA TOUR Latinoamérica title. A month ago, his countryman Julián Etulain was the first one to win the same event in consecutive seasons at the Lexus Peru Open.
Collected this win at age 36 years, 1 month, 4 days to become the oldest player to win this season on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
His seven-stroke margin of victory was the second largest ever on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The record belongs to his countryman Matías O’Curry, who won the 2012 Arturo Calle Colombian Open by eight strokes.
His 24-under par total sets a new PGA TOUR Latinoamérica record. The previous low was 22-under by Tommy Cocha at the 2012 Mundo Maya Open.
First Monday finish ever on Tour. The 2014 Personal Classic was the first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica event to finish on a Monday. Play was suspended due to dangerous weather at 3:49 p.m. on Saturday and resumed at 8:57 a.m. on Monday. While unsuccessfully waiting or conditions to improve on Sunday, Tour officials were forced to shorten the event to 54 holes. The 2014 Personal Classic joins the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic as the only two PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events ever shortened to three rounds because of weather issues.