HONOLULU – Whether he was playing money games with the other caddies in Argentina or playing minitours on his long road to the big leagues in golf, Fabian Gomez couldn't recall ever making seven consecutive birdies.
He won't forget Sunday in the Sony Open.
That amazing birdie streak — no putt longer than 12 feet — carried him to an 8-under 62, and the 37-year-old Argentine won with his 11th birdie of the day on the second playoff hole to outlast Brandt Snedeker.
"I felt good all week long and was about to put on a great round today," Gomez said through a translator. "And I had Brandt Snedeker in front of me. I got on a streak with seven putts in a row. And it makes me feel good and feel like I could win the tournament."
Gomez finished at 20-under 260 in his second PGA Tour win. His 62 was the lowest final round by a Sony Open champion.
On the first playoff hole at the par-5 18th, Snedeker missed a 12-foot birdie for the win. Going back to the 18th tee, Gomez went with hybrid off the tee, drilled a 3-iron to the front of the green and lagged his long putt close for a tap-in birdie.
This time, Snedeker couldn't match him. His 10-foot putt faded off to the right.
"It's frustrating because I couldn't make putts to win the golf tournament," Snedeker said.
He said missing his 12-foot putt to win on the first playoff hole "is going to sting today and tomorrow."
Zac Blair, who shared the 54-hole lead with Snedeker, had a 10-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to join the playoff, but it missed on the high side. He had a 67.