Fabian Gomez wins Sony Open in Hawaii in playoff

Fabian Gomez overcomes Brent Sneaker in a playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. This is Gomez's second PGA Tour victory.
Fabian Gomez overcomes Brandt Snedeker in a playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. This is Gomez’s second PGA Tour victory.

By Jay Betsill

Fabian Gomez, behind a streak of seven consecutive birdies that put him in a playoff, topped Brandt Snedeker to win the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club.

“I felt good all week long and was about to put on a great round today,” said Gomez, who won his second career PGA Tour title. “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.”

A native of Argentina, Gomez is the first international winner of the Sony Open in Hawaii since K.J. Choi in 2008. He earned $1.04 million and 500 FedEx Cup points for the victory.

“It’s frustrating because I couldn’t make putts to win the golf tournament,” Snedeker, who missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the event.

Notables in the first full-field event of 2016 included Zach Johnson (T9, -13), two-time defending champion Jimmy Walker (T13, -12), Ryan Palmer (T13, -12), Matt Kuchar (T13, -12), Danny Lee (T33, -10), Vijay Singh (T50, -8) and Adam Scott (T56, -7).

The next stop on the PGA Tour is the CareerBuilder Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation at PGA West TPC Course in La Quinta, CA. Big names in the field include Phil Mickelson, defending champion Bill Haas, Chesson Hadley, Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Steve Sticker and Webb Simpson.

NOTES
— While the PGA Tour is in Palm Springs this week, golf’s biggest stars are competing on the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

World No. 1 and reigning FedEx Cup champion Jordan Spieth and reigning Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy are joined by Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Darren Clarke, Russell Knox, Ian Poulter, Ernie Els and Lee Westwood. Read about the big event at ESPN.com.

Coverage of all four rounds is on Golf Channel.

— On the heels of signing a lucrative endorsement deal with Coca Cola, Jordan Spieth bought an $8 million home in Preston Hollow. The mansion was formerly owned by Hunter Mahan. See photos and read about it here.

— Team Europe won the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia. Read about it here.

— Former ATP tennis player Mardy Fish won the Diamond Resorts Invitational celebrity golf event in Orlando. Read about it here.