Argentine Fabian Gomez drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to secure a four-shot win at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic on Sunday, becoming the second international player to notch his first PGA Tour win in the past two weeks. Here’s a look at the numbers that made the difference.
Gomez started the day tied with England’s David Owen at 9-under par and faced 23 players within four strokes. But his final-round 66 on the tough par-70 TPC Southwind course marked his third-best tally in 217 rounds on the PGA Tour and tied his career best for lowest final round.
Coming into this week, Gomez had made 87.43% of his putts from 10 feet and in, ranking 100th on Tour. He upped that average at Southwind, draining 57 of 60 putts—95.71%—from inside 10 feet, the third best performance in the field.
Gomez topped all comers in total strokes gained, with a per-round average of 4.062 fewer shots than the rest of the field.
The 36-year old played the final 11 holes at Southwind at four under par, six strokes better than runner-up Greg Owen, who played them in two over en route to an even-par 70 on Sunday.
Gomez is the third straight player to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic and then watch the U.S. Open from home. The same happened to Ben Crane and Harris English the last two seasons, leaving Dustin Johnson in 2012 as the last Southwind winner to play the Open the following week. But the win does extend Gomez’s fully exempt PGA Tour status through 2017, and earns him a spot at the 2015 PGA Championship and the 2016 Masters.