Sim defeats Gomez in BMW playoff



Greer, SC (Sports Network) - Michael Sim saved par from a bunker on the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Fabian Gomez and win the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

"It feels good to win this one," said Sim. "I came through well."

The win was Sim's second of the season, which means he needs only one more this year on the Nationwide Tour to earn an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour.

Sim's victory on Sunday continued an incredible run

"First, second, first now in my last three starts," said Sim.

He won the Stonebrae Classic by six shots in early April, then lost a playoff to Patrick Sheehan in his very next start at the Athens Regional Foundation Classic.

Sim's $126,000 first-place check padded his already comfortable position atop the Nationwide Tour's money list.

Sim shot a two-under 69 on Sunday, while Gomez fired a five-under 66. The pair finished regulation at 22-under 264 and headed back to the 18th at Thornblade Club.

Neither golfer found the fairway at the demanding closing hole. Sim knocked his second into a greenside bunker, while Gomez's approach reached the putting surface, albeit 65 feet left of the flag stick.

Sim hit a strong bunker shot to four feet, putting some pressure on Gomez, who has yet to win on the Nationwide Tour. Gomez lagged his birdie effort five feet short.

Gomez's par putt hit the right side of the hole and lipped out. That left the door open for Sim, who calmly stroked home the putt for his third victory on the Nationwide Tour.

"Thank God my putter was with me like yesterday. That's probably what got me through," said Sim. "We got to the 16th tee and the rain started coming in and got pretty heavy. I wasn't hitting the ball great."

For Gomez, it was chance that slipped by, but he holed some gutsy putts late just to get into the extra session. He sank an eight-foot birdie putt at 16, a nine-footer for par at the 17th and a 12-footer for par at the last just to have a shot at his first title.

Sim overcame a double-bogey on the first hole when he drove into the woods. He birdied the second, then birdied 10, 12 and 14 to take a two-shot lead. Gomez caught Sim late, but it was Sim who walked off with the trophy.

D.J. Brigman (64) and Blake Adams (69) tied for third at 19-under 267. Dustin Bray (63) and Jeff Gove (68) shared fifth place at 18-under 268.

Roger Tambellini (64) and Geoffrey Sisk (67) finished knotted in seventh at minus-17.

05/17 17:18:15 ET


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