Gomez beats Snedeker in playoff to win Sony Open

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 17, 2016 10:12 PM

(Reuters) - Fabian Gomez of Argentina clinched his second career PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory over American Brandt Snedeker at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.

Gomez comfortably two-putted for birdie on the second extra hole at Waialae Country Club, the par-five 18th, where Snedeker narrowly missed his opportunity from 10 feet.

The duo had finished the 72 regulation holes at 20-under 260, Snedeker carding a four-under 66 and Gomez, who clinched his first PGA Tour win at last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic, signing off with a scintillating 10-birdie 62.

Little-known American Zac Blair, seeking his first victory on the U.S. circuit, led by two shots after eight holes and stayed in contention before finishing alone in third at 19 under with a closing 67.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)