Hayward, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Fabian Gomez fired a 10-under 60 on Friday to vault into a 1-stroke lead after two rounds of the Stonebrae Championship
Gomez finished 36 holes at TPC Stonebrae at 14-under-par 126. He is seeking his second career win on the Web.com Tour.
"It's the closest I've been and so it's a little disappointing," Gomez said through an interpreter about almost shooting a 59. "It's not very often you find yourself in a spot like to shoot 59."
Blayne Barber, the South Georgia Classic winner, carded a 6-under 64 to sit in second place at 13-under 127. Tony Finau (62) is alone in third at minus-11.
Ashley Hall (65), Nicholas Lindheim (67), Colt Knost (65), Bronson Burgoon (64) and Travis Bertoni (65) shared fourth at 10-under 130.
Gomez opened his impressive round with a birdie at the first and after parring the second, he ran off four straight gains from the third to race to 9-under.
He then closed out his front nine with back-to-back birdies at the eighth and ninth, and the 59 watch was officially on.
Gomez cooled a bit around the turn with three straight pars before rolling in consecutive birdies at the 13th and 14th to reach 13-under.
His 10th birdie of the day at 17th meant he needed a birdie at the last to shoot a 59, but he could not convert a 25-foot birdie effort and he 2-putted for par to claim the lead at minus-14.
"I was definitely aware of (shooting 59), but I was just trying to stay in the moment, hit good shots and make good putts," Gomez said. "I never relaxed. I stayed focused on what I was doing."
Barber started on the back nine and quickly moved into red numbers for the day with back-to-back birdies at the 10th and 11th. He would add another birdie at the 15th to make the turn at 10-under.
Barber would record birdies at the second, third and sixth to pull within a shot of Gomez, but he could not grab a share of the lead as he parred his final three holes.
Finau posted eight birdies during his bogey-free round to move three shots off the pace.
NOTES: Gomez's lone win on tour came at the 2010 Chitimacha Louisiana Open ... The first round was completed Friday morning after Thursday's round was suspended for darkness ... Daniel Miernicki withdrew prior to the start of the second round due to tendinitis issues ... Matteo Bellenda withdrew during the second round due to a wrist injury.