Grading the 2015 St. Jude Classic

They always say the St. Jude Classic doesn't start until Seung-Yul Noh and Greg Owen start chasing Fabian Gomez down the back nine on Sunday. Or something similar to that.

The Argentine Gomez held both of them off, as well as a charge from Phil Mickelson and a lackluster effort from Brooks Koepka, to win his first PGA Tour event ever by four strokes.

He closed with a birdie at the last. 

It completes a totally bizarre three-week stretch of golf on the tour leading up to the 2015 US Open next week at Chambers Bay. How bizarre? This bizarre.

"I am so happy to win and to have the Argentina flag," Gomez told CBS' David Feherty after his round through a translator. "I know Angel [Cabrera] and Roberto [De Vicenzo] are going to be really happy about it."

Gomez's tale is a strange (but cool) one, especially for a 36-year-old journeyman. Gomez only has 40 made cuts in 70 career events. He'd made just $1.4 million since 2006. He made $1.1 million on Sunday. So that was cool.

Despite that tale though, the big news on Sunday was that Phil Mickelson dropped a closing 65 to send him off to Chambers Bay with some momentum.

Phil Mickelson is ready for Chambers Bay. (Getty Images)
Phil Mickelson is ready for Chambers Bay. (Getty Images)

"I left three, four, five shots out there," Mickelson told CBS after his round because that's what Phil Mickelson does after dropping 65s leading up to the US Open.

Are we in for more heartbreak next week? Likely.

Our grades for the St. Jude Classic.

Brooks Koepka: A-

Koepka opened the tournament with a strong 64-67 start but just could not get it cranking on the weekend. Six bogeys and a double-bogey will do that to you.

Still, I was encouraged by his performance. I actually think he's going to win the US Open next week (which means he'll probably miss the cut).

Finish: T3

Phil Mickelson: A

Mickelson made an otherwise boring Sunday finish a little more exciting with that aforementioned 65. It included shots like this:

It also ended on a pretty cool note. Mickelson is basically playing to peak four times a year. It appears he's going to be two-for-two on that front as of next week.

Finish: T3

Luke Donald: B-

Donald has had poor form for a while now so any finish inside the top 30 of any tournament should be considered good. Still, it's strange to see a former No. 1 golfer in the world toil away in Memphis with the likes of Tom Hoge, Stephen Alker and Chris Smith.

Finish: T29

Dustin Johnson: I

DJ withdrew on Thursday with an "illness." Here's how one Twitter follower described it:

Finish: WD

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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