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Gomez wins in playoff


HONOLULU—Whether he was playing money games with the other caddies in Argentina, or playing mini-tours on his long road to the big leagues in golf, Fabian Gomez couldn’t recall ever making seven-straight birdies.

He won’t forget yesterday in the Sony Open.

That amazing birdie streak—no putt longer than 12 feet—carried him to an eight-under 62, then the 37-year-old Argentine won with his 11th birdie of the day on the second playoff hole to outlast Brandt Snedeker.

His 62 was the lowest closing round by a Sony Open champion.

Gomez won for the second time on the PGA Tour—but this one was much tougher.

Starting the final round four shots behind, Gomez seized control with his seven-straight birdies starting on No. 6—only to follow with back-to-back bogeys that let Snedeker and Zac Blair back into the game.

Gomez closed with a seven-iron to 10 feet for birdie on the par-three 17th, then a 20-foot birdie putt from just off the 18th green.

He finished at 20-under 260.

Snedeker hit a delicate 55-yard pitch to four feet for birdie to close with 66 and force a playoff.

On the first playoff hole at the par-five 18th, Snedeker missed a 12-foot birdie for the win.

Blair, who shared the 54-hole lead with Snedeker, had a 10-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to join them in the playoff, but it missed on the high side.

He had a 67.

Si Woo Kim, the 20-year-old from South Korea, was part of a five-way tie for the lead briefly.

He closed with one bogey and five pars for a 68 to finish fourth.

Graham DeLaet, from Weyburn, Sask., was the top Canadian.

He shot a four-under 66 in the final round to move up into a tie for seventh place at 14-under.

Adam Hadwin, of Abbotsford, B.C., came in at five-under while Abbotsford’s Nick Taylor finished the tournament at one-under.

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