Known by many as “half-man, half-amazing” – Andres Gonzales put on an amazingly complete wire-to-wire performance to capture his first Nationwide Tour win at the Soboba Golf Classic. He finished 8-under par and two strokes ahead of his closest competitor.
“I was nervous today because I knew if I won this one I’d have a pretty good chance of getting back on the PGA TOUR,” he said. Gonzales was a rookie on Tour in 2011 and is very motivated this season to have enough success on the Nationwide Tour to be one of those who punches his ticket for a return trip to the “big show” in 2013.
- Andres picked up a check for $135,000 this week, more than he had made in his previous 24 career starts on Tour ($132,748).
- He became the first wire-to-wire winner on the Nationwide Tour since the 2008 Price Cutter Charity Championship. There have been only four such winners on Tour in the past 10 years.
- He became the fourth first-time winner (in five events) on Tour this year
We caught up with Andres last season as he was experiencing life as a Rookie on the PGA Tour: