Fabian Gomez is unsuccessful in his last swing at catching Bill Lunde, making Lunde the Kodak Challenge winner.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Bill Lunde is now $1 million richer.
Fabian Gomez has just hit his second shot from the 17th fairway. He needed to hole the shot for eagle to tie Lunde and force a playoff for the Kodak Challenge and its hefty bonus.
Gomez gave it a good try – landing 8 feet right of the pin. Earlier in the day, Cameron Tringale also had the opportunity but he ended up 17 feet away.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Sure, he missed the cut. But Bill Lunde is certainly paying close attention to the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
At least to what happens at the 17th hole, that is. That’s because two players – Cameron Tringale and Fabian Gomez – could tie Lunde and force a playoff for the Kodak Challenge title and its $1 million bonus if either holes out for eagle there.
Lunde just texted a PGA TOUR media official to see whether tournament officials opted to move the tees up. They didn’t – although at 472 yards the par 4 is playing 19 shorter than it did on Saturday.
And Lunde has just dodged one bullet. Tringale’s second shot at the 17th hole did not find the cup, settling instead 17 feet from the pin.
Gomez, who started on the front nine, will get to the 17th hole around 3:15 p.m.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Bill Lunde missed the cut at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. And if that wasn’t frustrating enough, now two players stand between him and the $1 million Kodak Challenge bonus.
Lunde's lead is still two shots over Cameron Tringale but now Fabian Gomez has been added to the mix. Lunde is 19 under while Tringale and Gomez are both 17 under.
The Kodak Challenge consists of a player's best score any 18 of the 30 holes chosen for the competition. Gomez had played 18 entering this week's CMN Hospitals Classic.
When Gomez parred the 17th on the Magnolia Course -- this week's Kodak Challenge hole -- on Friday he was able to wipe out the triple bogey he made on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach earlier this year, changing his score from 14 under to 17 under.
So either Gomez or Tringale can tie Lunde if they can hole a shot from the fairway at the 17th this weekend. Should that happen, there would be a playoff at the same home after competition ends on Sunday.
An eagle on the 485-yard par for would be a challenge, but it's not unprecedented. There have been five eagles at the 17th during the tournament, most recently by Charles Warren in 2009.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Fabian Gomez has just holed a 5-wood from 247 yards out for a double eagle at the 15th hole.
The double eagle propelled Gomez to 4 under for the tournament, which is three strokes off the lead. The rookie from Argentinia, who is playing in his first Wyndham Championship, ranks 162nd in the FedExCup.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- There's an interesting mix at the top of the leaderboard -- including two PGA TOUR rookies, one from Argentina and another from Korea.
Fabian Gomez and Sung-hoon Kang are among five players tied at 3 under, one stroke off the pace being set by Brandt Jobe. Gomez has played seven holes on the South Course while Kang is though six on the north.
The 32-year-old Gomez, who is from Argentina, is playing in his third TOUR event. He won his first Nationwide Tour event last year and also had a runner-up finish on the way to finishing 12th on the money list to earn his card.
Gomez started caddying when he was 8 years old and has won five events in South America. He's made his first two cuts on TOUR, tying for 68th in Hawaii and 61st at the Bob Hope Classic.
Kang earned his TOUR card when he tied for 16th at q-school in December. The 24-year-old has played on the Korean Tour, Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour -- with a career-best finish of second at the 2009 Ballantine's Championship.
Kang's father is an avid golfer and his brother serves as his caddie. He works with Hank Haney and Don Brown and reached the semifinals of both the U.S. Junior and U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Both rookies list Tiger woods as one of their two favorite athletes -- Kang also likes Kobe Bryant while Gomez is a fan of soccer great Diego Maradona. Who knows? Maybe they'll get to play with Woods this week. – Helen Ross