|Full name||Robert Anthony Gamez|
July 21, 1968 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)|
|College||University of Arizona|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|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|
Rookie of the Year
Gamez was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is of Mexican-American descent. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. His best finish in a major is T12 at the 1990 Open Championship.
this list may be incomplete
- 1989 Porter Cup
Professional wins (5)
PGA Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Jan 14, 1990||Northern Telecom Tucson Open||–18 (65-66-69-70=270)||4 strokes||Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas|
|2||Mar 25, 1990||Nestle Invitational||–14 (71-69-68-66=274)||1 stroke||Greg Norman|
|3||Sep 30, 2005||Valero Texas Open||–18 (62-68-68-64=262)||3 strokes||Olin Browne|
PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1993||Honda Classic||Fred Couples||Lost to par on second extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (1)
- 1994 Casio World Open
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T12||T44||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (1990 U.S. Open – 1990 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 0
U.S. national team appearances
- Walker Cup: 1989
- 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.."
- "Caught In The Glare". Sports Illustrated. February 11, 1991. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- Diaz, Jaime (January 19, 1990). "Prodigy at 8, Winner at 21". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- "Gamez Wins In Debut". Associated Press. The New York Times. January 15, 1990. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- Anderson, Dave (March 26, 1990). "Spectacular Eagle Wins for Gamez". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- DiMeglio, Steve (March 12, 2008). "Final stretch at Bay Hill can put players in a fix". USA Today. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- Brown, Clifton (December 1, 2001). "Gamez Learns The Party Is Over". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- "Gamez ends 15-year drought with win at Texas Open". Associated Press. USA Today. September 25, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- "Gamez halts winless run in Texas". BBC Sport. September 26, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved April 15, 2010.