StatsJune 15, 2015

Fabian Gomez?! Why the PGA Tour's crazy streak of unlikely winners isn't as crazy as you think

Starting with the Masters, the PGA Tour saw this list of winners for a seven-week stretch: Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Chris Kirk. Talk about a who's who of the game's biggest stars.

But in the three weeks since Kirk's win at Colonial, it's been more of a who's. . . who?

On Sunday, Fabian Gomez, ranked 288th in the Official World Golf Ranking, won his first PGA Tour title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The week before it was 212th-ranked David Lingmerth topping Rose in a playoff at the Memorial for his maiden victory. And the previous Sunday, it was No. 127 Steven Bowditch's turn to win at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

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What did all three of these surprising winners have in common? Neither even had another top 10 in 2015 before their surprising victories. And none of them will tee it up at Chambers Bay for this week's U.S. Open.

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But is such a stretch of unlikely champions unprecedented on tour? Hardly. In fact, it's not even the most improbable streak of winners this year.

In February, James Hahn (Northern Trust Open) and Padraig Harrington (Honda Classic) made it back-to-back weeks where a player ranked No. 297 won. The following week, 288th-ranked Alex Cejka won the Puerto Rico (Not as crazy as you think since it was an opposite-field event to Dustin Johnson winning at Doral, but still). That's an average of the winner being ranked 294th in the OWGR, compared to just 209 during the current stretch.

This season has once again proved that on the PGA Tour, these guys are all good. Even the ones you may not know anything about.

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