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Gomez has game

This week’s tour stop yielded some free golf as Fabian Gomez fired a blistering final round 62 to tie overnight co-leader Brandt Snedeker at -20 for the tournament.  Gomez clinched his second career tour win with a birdie on the second playoff hole.   Gomez made 10 birdies in his final round which included 7 straight on holes 6-12, falling two short of the PGA Tour record 9 straight birdies held by Mark Calcavecchia.  With the win, the Argentine moved closer to clinching his spot in the 2016 Olympics.  Rounding out the top 5 were Zac Blair, Si Woo Kim, Kevin Kisner and Greg Owen.  

In other news, Boo Weekley showed up at Waialae showcasing his offseason work ethic, aka his beard, challenging Graham DeLaet for best facial hair on tour.  

Europe dominates in Malaysia

Darren Clarke stressed over and over that Europe was treating the EurAsia Cup as dress rehearsal for this year’s Ryder Cup.  After a disappointing tie in the inaugural 2014 edition, the Europeans left little to doubt in their runaway win.  Europe outclassed their Asian competitors, winning by an astonishing 13 points, 18 ½ to 5 ½.

While the Asian team is nowhere near the talent level of an American team, the Europeans won handily without the ranks of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer.   It will be interesting to see what the American “task force” has up their sleeve.  

Willett wilts

The 19th ranked player in the world hits a sequence of shots reminiscent of a 19 handicap. 

Another week, another South African win

Last week, 22-year-old South African Brendan Stone claimed his first professional victory at the South African Open.  The European Tour stayed in South Africa for the Joburg Open and a familiar storyline played out. This week it was 21-year-old South African Haydn Porteous, who used a bogey-free final round 69 to separate himself from a 3-way tie heading into the final round.   

Last year’s best British Open storyline, Paul Dunne, who held the third round lead at St. Andrews, made his professional debut at the Joburg Open.   Dunne entered the final round 2 shots back of Porteous but stalled with a final round 72 to finish in 9th place.  

17-year-old Australian phenom turns pro

Following in the footsteps of Australian greats Jason Day, Adam Scott and Aaron Baddeley, 17-year-old Ryan Ruffels has decided to turn pro while still in his teens.  

Along with his announcement, Ruffels told a story about a recent game with Phil Mickelson.  Mickelson, a notorious gambler, stated on the first tee “I don’t wake up this early to play for any less than $2,500.”  Mickelson gave Ruffels 2 to 1 odds on $2,500, which Ruffles cashed in on by birdieing 6 of his last 7 holes for a one-shot victory over the Hall of Famer.  

Ruffels will make his PGA Tour debut in two weeks at Torrey Pines.


Up next, a showdown in Abu Dhabi 

While the PGA Tour heads to La Quinta for the newly branded CareerBuilder Challenge, the marquee event next week will be in Abu Dhabi with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy squaring off for the first time in 2016 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.  Full preview to come in Wednesday’s fried egg.

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