Rhein Gibson wins at rain-shortened BMW Charity Pro-Am
Posted on: 10 June
Northern Rivers golfer Rhein Gibson has achieved his maiden victory on the Web.com tour and consequently should have done enough to qualify for the full PGA tour in 2019-20. The following is an extract from the PGA Tour Web Site and recognition to Preston Smith @ PGATOUR.COM
In a tournament shortened to 54 holes due to inclement weather throughout the week, Australian Rhein Gibson came out on top with a 21-under 193 to capture the win at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. With his first Web.com Tour victory, Gibson earns 500 points and locks up his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season.
Gibson carded a bogey-free 8-under 63 to overcome a two-shot deficit to start the round. He tallied three birdies and an eagle on the front nine before tacking on three more at Nos. 10, 15 and 16 to reach 21-under.
“I wasn’t sure we’d get 54 holes in, but I wanted to go out there with the clean mindset that we’d get 54 in,” Gibson said. “I tried to keep the pedal down and try and make as many birdies as I can. Fortunately, I was able to win by three strokes. It sets me up for another stint on the PGA TOUR so I’m excited.”
With most of the golf world talking about amateur Alex Ross shooting a 15-under 57 this week, Gibson’s name has been brought up in the news. Gibson holds the world record (recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records) with a 16-under 55 as the lowest official round of golf ever recorded. Gibson accomplished the feat in 2012 at River Oaks Golf Club in Edmund, Oklahoma.
“Shooting 55 was very sweet don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want to be known for it,” Gibson said. “It’s great to validate that with a good win today, especially on television. I know what I’ve been doing is correct, I’m really happy to see it pay off.”
Gibson ranked in the top-20 in several statistical categories. He finished T5 in greens in regulation (47/54), T8 in putts per round (28) and T17 in driving accuracy (31/40). With the win, Gibson will return to the PGA TOUR for the second time. He competed on TOUR in 2016, making nine of 20 cuts with a career-high finish of T25 at the 2016 Barracuda Championship.
“I had a great week last week where I finished fourth, so I got back on the right track with the guys with points, moving to 32nd,” said Gibson, who moved from 32nd to seventh on the Web.com Tour points standings. “I knew a couple of good events coming up would lock it up, but to lock it up with a win and move into the top 10 is kind of special, especially to do it here in Greenville, South Carolina.”