Robert Gamez

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Robert Gamez
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Robert Anthony Gamez
Born (1968-07-21) July 21, 1968 (age 46)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Orlando, Florida
Career
College University of Arizona
Turned professional 1989
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Japan Golf Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1990, 1991
U.S. Open T61: 1990
The Open Championship T12: 1990
PGA Championship T14: 2003
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award 1989
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1990

Robert Anthony Gamez (born July 21, 1968) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Gamez was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is of Mexican-American descent.[1] He attended the University of Arizona where was a member of the golf team. He played on the 1989 Walker Cup Team and dropped out of university to turn professional later that same year.[2][3]

Gamez has had what can be described as a hot and cold career as a professional golfer. He started out winning two tournaments in his rookie season on the Tour, including his first event, the Northern Telecom Tucson Open.[4] Only three other golfers, Marty Fleckman in 1967, Ben Crenshaw in 1973 and Garrett Willis in 2001, have won their first PGA event. He is possibly most well known for holing his second shot from the fairway on the tough 18th hole in the final round at the 1990 Nestle Invitational, giving him a one stroke win over Greg Norman.[5] A commemorative plaque has since been placed in the fairway on the 18th hole at Bay Hill to mark the spot from which Gamez holed his 7-iron from 176 yards.[6]

In 1998, Gamez was injured in a car accident at the Kemper Open and his career started to decline. Between 1998 and 2001, he failed to finish in the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list. His career hit a low point in 2001, when he failed to qualify for the Tour.[7] Then he began to enjoy a resurgence in his career. He finished in the top-125 every year between 2002-2005 including a T-5 at the Bank of America Colonial in 2004 and a win at the 2005 Valero Texas Open. It was his first win in 15 years, 6 months (394 events), a PGA Tour record.[8][9] His best finish in a major is T12 at the 1990 Open Championship.[10]

Gamez hosts an annual tournament in Orlando, Florida for the benefit of the Team Gamez Foundation. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

Amateur wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (5)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jan 14, 1990 Northern Telecom Tucson Open –18 (65-66-69-70=270) 4 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia, United States Jay Haas
2 Mar 25, 1990 Nestle Invitational –14 (71-69-68-66=274) 1 stroke Australia Greg Norman
3 Sep 30, 2005 Valero Texas Open –18 (62-68-68-64=262) 3 strokes United States Olin Browne

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1993 Honda Classic United States Fred Couples Lost to par on second extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T61 CUT DNP 88 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T12 T44 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T49 DNP T79 CUT DNP CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T14 T68 DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 2 21 8
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (1990 U.S. Open – 1990 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Sally, The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C., "The '90 Masters Is Fair Game For Gamez" (April 4, 1990, Section G-01); "Of Mexican- American descent, he was born and raised amid games of chance in Las Vegas.."
  2. ^ "Caught In The Glare". Sports Illustrated. February 11, 1991. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Diaz, Jaime (January 19, 1990). "Prodigy at 8, Winner at 21". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Gamez Wins In Debut". Associated Press (The New York Times). January 15, 1990. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Dave (March 26, 1990). "Spectacular Eagle Wins for Gamez". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ DiMeglio, Steve (March 12, 2008). "Final stretch at Bay Hill can put players in a fix". USA Today. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ Brown, Clifton (December 1, 2001). "Gamez Learns The Party Is Over". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Gamez ends 15-year drought with win at Texas Open". Associated Press (USA Today). September 25, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Gamez halts winless run in Texas". BBC Sport. September 26, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved April 15, 2010. 

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