Grading the 2015 St. Jude Classic
Fabian Gomez gets win No. 1, but Phil Mickelson was clearly the main event on Sunday at the 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.
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.
Last 3 PGA Tour winners: Bowditch: 0 top-10s in last 17 starts Lingmerth: 0 top-10s in last 27 starts Gomez: 0 top-10s in last 15 starts— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) June 14, 2015
"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.
"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).
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.
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.
Dustin Johnson: I
DJ withdrew on Thursday with an "illness." Here's how one Twitter follower described it:
@KylePorterCBS DJ coming down with a case of the "3 over thru 9 holes on Thursday" didn't help either.— Brad Bush (@midtownbuck) June 13, 2015
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