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Defending champion Gomez seeks repeat in Memphis at St. Jude Classic

When Fabian Gomez won the FedEx St. Jude Classic last year, he joined Roberto De Vicenzo, Angel Cabrera, Jose Coceres and Andres Romero as Argentines to win on the PGA Tour, and he is back at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., to defend his title s...

When Fabian Gomez won the FedEx St. Jude Classic last year, he joined Roberto De Vicenzo, Angel Cabrera, Jose Coceres and Andres Romero as Argentines to win on the PGA Tour, and he is back at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., to defend his title starting Thursday.
The 37-year-old Gomez said he is comfortable returning this week as defending champion.
“I’ve been playing well (with) the driver, which on this course is really, really important. I putted well. Irons are in good shape also,” Gomez said through an interpreter. “I think that I’m in a similar situation like last year, with a little more experience.”
Gomez shot a 4-under-par 66 in the final round of last year’s event for his first PGA Tour victory.
Gomez will qualify for next week’s U.S. Open if he moves into the top 60 in the world golf rankings by the end of the week. He is currently No. 68.
In addition, Gomez is on track to represent Argentina at the Olympic Games.
The International Golf Federation hopes that the sport’s return to the Olympics this summer in Rio de Janeiro will bring golf to the masses in South America.
Gomez held his national flag during the celebration after his first victory on the circuit, and when he validated it by winning the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, it virtually guaranteed that he will wear Argentina’s colors in the Olympics when golf is played in the Games for the first time since 1904 in St. Louis.
“I’m really excited about being able to get in the Olympics,” said Gomez, who is expected to join Emiliano Grillo on the Argentine team. “I work hard to be able to win, but I know that by winning, I will be able to reach that.
“It depends on how things go with other players, but I feel like I will be almost there.”
The top two players in the world rankings will represent each competing country, although four can qualify from the same nation if all are in the top 15. Grillo is No. 45 and Gomez No. 68, with no other players from Argentina in the top 200.
Gomez has won 15 times as a pro, mostly in South America, but he waited until he was 36 to win in his 70th event on the PGA Tour. He closed with a 4-under-par 66 at TPC Southwind to beat England’s Greg Owen by four strokes.

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