Scott Brown was shot back from leader Fabian Gomez when he stepped onto the 18th tee at 2013 Puerto Rico Open. He left the green a champion, making birdie while Gomez missed his putt for par from 15 feet away from the hole. Brown finished with a 2-under 70 on Sunday, and was 20-under over the course of four days.
Brown and Gomez shared the lead at 18-under going into the day. Brown got off to a fast start with an eagle on No. 2 and a birdie on No. 5 to put him at 3-under in the early going. He hit a rough patch around the turn, however, hitting bogey on No. 8, No. 9 and No. 11. Gomez shot par through the same stretch, and was able to push himself to a one-shot advantage over Brown with a birdie on No. 15. That lead lasted until No. 18, where Gomez hit a bunker after over shooting the green. He was forced to settle for the long putt in hopes of going to a playoff.
Gomez finished in a second-place tie with Jordan Spieth, who shot 5-under on Sunday to challenge the leaders. Jusin Bolli and Brian Stuard shot 6-under and 4-under, respectively, to finish in a tie for fourth place at 18-under overall.
With the win, Brown not only took home a hefty $630,000 check, he earned a two-year exemption from PGA Tour qualifying, 300 points in the FedExCup standings, and a place in the PGA Championship in August. The win was the first of Brown's PGA Tour career.
Here are the Top 10 finishers from the Puerto Rico Open:
1) Scott Brown - 2-under Sunday, 20-under overall
t2) Fabian Gomez - 1-under Sunday, 19-under overall
t2) Jordan Spieth - 5-under Sunday, 19-under overall
t4) Justin Bollit - 6-under Sunday, 18-under overall
t4) Brian Stuard - 4-under Sunday, 18-under overall
t6) Andres Romero - 6-under Sunday, 17-under overall
t6) Peter Uihlein - 5-under Sunday, 17-under overall
t8) David Hearn - 6-under Sunday, 16-under overall
t8) D.J. Trahan - 6-under Sunday, 16-under overall
t8) Boo Weekley - 4-under Sunday, 16-under overall
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