January 15, 1990 |
With his veteran opponents unable to apply any pressure, rookie Robert Gamez, playing on his home course, eased his way to a four-stroke victory Sunday in the $900,000 Tucson Open. The 21-year-old Gamez had a final round of two-under-par 70 to become the first player since Ben Crenshaw in 1973 to win in his first start as a member of the PGA Tour. He won $162,000. Gamez, who passed up his final year at the University of Arizona to turn professional, won with a 270 total, 18 shots under par.
June 20, 1993 |
Robert Gamez let off some steam by snapping his putter in two during the third round of the U.S. Open Saturday, but the move steamed up his playing partner, Jumbo Ozaki. Gamez, mired in a miserable round largely because of some dreadful putting, broke his putter at the eighth hole. He used a sand wedge, driver and two-iron on the greens over the last holes and finished with an eight-over 78. Ozaki was offended by the young American's behavior.
May 3, 1989 |
Arizona State held on to first place by three strokes over Arizona, 721-724, after Tuesday's second round of the Pacific 10 Golf Championships at the par-70, 6,116-yard Broadmoor Golf Club. The Wildcats had the low team total of the day with a score of 357. UCLA was next at 361. Individually, seven players recorded sub-par rounds, compared with just four Monday. Christian Cevaer of Stanford, John Bizik of Arizona State, Jon Lindstrom of Washington State and Rob Sullivan of UCLA each carded two-under-par rounds of 68 to tie for low-round honors.
October 9, 1992 |
Robert Gamez, a hometown favorite playing before a gallery of family, friends and neighbors, took a one-shot lead Thursday in the golf tournament he wants most to win. "If I had only one more PGA tournament to win, I'd want it to be this one," Gamez said after an eight-under-par 64 in the second round of the 90-hole Las Vegas Invitational. "I hope," Gamez quickly added, "that I have more than one more to win, but if I didn't, I'd want it to be here, at home."
January 18, 1990 |
Usually, when a golfer no one ever heard of jumps into a lead in a tournament, the golf Establishment holds its head and groans: "Oh, no! Not another mystery guest! Not another boost to the senior tour. Why are they doing this to us?" They turn in irritation to the marquee names of the tour. "For God's sake! Go, get that guy!" they urge.
September 26, 2005 |
Robert Gamez figured he needed a fast start in the final round of the Texas Open to end the longest stretch between victories in PGA Tour history. He got the start and the result he was looking for. Gamez opened with three birdies and had three more on the back nine Sunday, closing with a six-under-par 64 for a three-stroke victory at San Antonio and his first win on tour in 15 1/2 years. "It has been a long time, a long time coming," Gamez said. "I knew it would happen. I just didn't know when."