Brown wins Puerto Rico Open with 2-shot swing at the last|
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (Sports Network) - Fabian Gomez held a 1-stroke
advantage entering the final hole of the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday, but he
bogeyed the par-5 18th, while playing partner Scott Brown birdied for his
first PGA Tour win.
Brown, playing on conditional status after finishing 148th on the PGA Tour
money list last year, carded a final-round 2-under 70 and finished 72 holes at
a tournament-record 20-under 268. Now, with his first career win on the tour,
the 29-year-old has his card back and a spot in the PGA Championship later
Gomez, who was also seeking his first PGA Tour title, ended with a final-round
71 on the Composite Course at Trump International Golf Club and tied for
second place with 19-year-old Jordan Spieth (67) at 19-under.
Justin Bolli (66) and Brian Stuard (68) shared fourth at 18-under, while
former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein (67) and second-round leader Andres
Romero (66) tied for sixth at 17-under.
Boo Weekley (68), David Hearn (66) and D.J. Trahan (66) placed eighth at 16-
under and Dicky Pride (66), Robert Streb (67) and Brendon de Jonge (69) ended
in 11th at minus-15
Brown and Gomez shared the overnight lead after setting a new 54-hole
tournament record, but the former quickly grabbed a 2-stroke lead on Sunday
courtesy of an eagle on the par-5 second.
Brown padded his advantage with a birdie at the fifth, but he failed to stay
on top, due largely to a run of three straight bogeys starting at the eighth.
Both Gomez and Spieth took advantage of Brown's misstep, with the Argentine
picking up a birdie at the sixth to pull even at the turn.
Spieth, meanwhile, carded four birdies during his sparkling outward nine --
including a run of three straight beginning at the fifth. The teenager picked
up another shot at the 10th to pull even with the overnight leaders at 19-
Brown briefly lost grip of the lead with his birdie on the 11th, but he
bounced back with a birdie on the next hole.
The trio were all square through 12, before Gomez went on a birdie-bogey-
birdie run over his next three holes to go ahead by a shot.
Spieth fell two strokes off the pace with a bogey on the 16th, eventually
ending in second place after a birdie on the last.
Brown, meanwhile, recorded five straight pars after his birdie on the 12th,
setting up the dramatic conclusion.
Gomez's initial gaffe on the 18th came when he sailed his third shot over the
green and into a bunker. He escaped to 15 feet, but he missed the par putt and
settled for bogey, allowing Brown to seal it with a birdie roll.
NOTES: Brown and Gomez were both playing in the final group for the first time
on the PGA Tour ... The previous tournament record was 269, set by Derek
Lamely in 2010 ... Brown has two top-10 finishes on the Web.com Tour this
year. He was coming off a 30th-place finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach National
Pro-Am ... The only previous player to carry at least a share of the third-
round lead on to victory at the Puerto Rico Open was Michael Bradley in 2009
... Gomez was attempting to become the first player from South America to win
on the PGA Tour since Jhonattan Vegas at the Humana Challenge two years ago.
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