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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Fabian Gomez

Around the wider world of golf: Inbee Park became only the 3rd LPGA player to 3-peat at a major with her win at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Bernhard Langer became the first Champions Tour player since Arnold Palmer to defend his Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship; Shane Bertsch won the Rust-Oleum Championship on the Tour; Albin Choi won the Bayview Place Island Savings Open on the MACKENZIE TOUR-PGA TOUR Canada; Jimin Kang was declared the unofficial winner of the Decatur-Forsyth Classic on the Symetra Tour when it was shortened to 18 holes; Chris Wood won the Lyoness Open on the ET; Thaworn Wiratchant won the Queen's Cup on the Asian Tour; and Misuzu Narita won the Suntory Ladies Open on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Fabian Gomez lifts his putter in victory

Let's face it: The big event this weekend was the ladies' major, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, played at legendary Westchester Country Club. I admit that I was glued to the TV watching Inbee Park not only make history but do it by shooting 3 bogey-free rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Even Phil Mickelson's T3 run on Sunday wasn't enough to pull me away.

But the FedEx St. Jude has a long history, having begun life in 1958 as the Memphis Classic. (It's as old as I am!) A lot of big name players have won there and, because of all that history, a win there carries a certain amount of status.

It doesn't hurt that TPC Southwind has a reputation as a tough track to conquer. It takes a confident shotmaker to get a win there.

On Sunday it appeared to be a two-man race between Fabian Gomez, who has won on the Tour but never on the Big Tour, and Greg Owen, who has won on the ET and Tour but also never on the Big Tour. The two were tied when the day started and they were still tied after nine...

But then things went sour for Owen. Gomez went -3 on the strength of his accurate shotmaking while Owen went +1 over the same stretch. In the end it wasn't even a contest. Granted, Owen took a lot of positives away from the event simply because getting in contention again proved, as he said, "I can relax knowing I’ve still got it."

Unless the "it" in question is the trophy, that is. Fabian Gomez adds his name to the short list of Argentinian winners on Tour, which includes Roberto De Vicenzo and Angel Cabrera -- both of whom, btw, are major winners. Fabian may have to wait a bit for one of those but his wait for a Limerick Summary is over:
Steady Gomez delivered the win
While Greg Owen’s left waiting again.
But the Argentine’s way
With this course won the day
And he hoisted his prize with a grin.
The photo comes from the tournament upshot page at

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