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Final-Round 60 Gives Gainey First PGA Tour Title

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Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey scorched St. Simons Island’s Seaside Course for a course record and career best 10-under-par 60 on Sunday afternoon en route to his first-career PGA Tour victory at The McGladrey Classic.

Gainey became the seventh PGA Tour winner of 2012 to finish Sunday atop the leaderboard after facing a deficit of six strokes or more to begin the final round. The former Big Break champion and now the first former contestant to win a PGA Tour event  putted his way past major champions and seasoned veterans. He needed only 24 putts on Sunday, leading the 37-year-old to finish the week second in putts per round at 28.50. Gainey’s 60, the only bogey-free round on Sunday, is the lowest round on the PGA Tour this season and beat the final round’s stroke average by almost nine shots.

Gainey started the final round seven strokes back at 6-under, but he got off to a fast start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The journeyman, who has logged tournaments on the Tarheel, NGA Hooters, Gateway and the Web.com tours, closed his front nine with another birdie to turn in 31 and break into double-figures at 10-under.

A birdie on the par-4 11th vaulted Gainey to 11-under and sparked a stretch of seven-straight 3s on his scorecard. His back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 brought him into contention, while an eagle hole-out from a greenside bunker on the par-5 15th gave him a one-shot lead at 15-under. Gainey continued to pour the heat on as he rolled in a birdie on No. 16. Had Gainey been able to play his last two holes one-under, he would have become the sixth player to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event. Gainey had a birdie opportunities on each of his last two holes — his best chance was a putt of less than 20 feet on No. 18 — but Gainey missed both birdie tries.

With Gainey posting a 16-under, 264 tournament total, his fate was left in the hands of proven tour veterans, as Jim Furyk (14-under) and Davis Love III (13-under) were just making the turn. However, Furyk and Love’s days were off to sluggish starts, each carding only one birdie on the front nine. Love opened the back side with a birdie to join Furyk at 14-under, but David Toms quickly became a player to watch down the stretch.

Toms, who started the day at 8-under, made the turn in 32 before starting a stretch of four birdies in five holes on the par-4 13th. The 13-time Tour winner found himself one shot back of Gainey on the 18th tee, but a wayward tee shot only allowed Toms to card a par on the 72nd hole, for a seven-under 63.

Meanwhile, Gainey, who finished around 2:40 p.m., wasted time by meeting with media, making a television appearance, signing autographs, watching his opponents down the stretch and checking his cell phone. It wasn’t until his final threat reached the 18th hole that he picked up a golf club again, just in case.

Love faced a tall order needing two birdies in the final three holes just to catch Gainey, but a pulled tee shot into the hazard on the 16th hole led to a double-bogey and denied Love his 21st career victory and his first since 2008, which came at Disney with Gainey settling for his then career-best second place finish.

Furyk remained as the only threat, posting gutsy par saves on the 10th and 17th holes, while also adding a fist-pump-inducing birdie on the 15th. While Furyk has seen leads disappear in the final holes of tournaments this season, he was faced with a different challenge in this situation. Needing a birdie on the 72nd hole, Furyk placed his drive perfectly, only to leak an iron shot to the right and miss the green. An unsuccessful chip-in attempt left Gainey standing as the victor at 16-under. Another missed putt from Furyk then dropped him into solo third.

“These guys are good,” Gainey said after the round. “I am just glad to be out here with them.”

With his win, Gainey is assured his place on the PGA Tour through 2014. Gainey was basically assured his card for 2013, starting the week at 106th on the money list, but he jumped 50 spots with the victory.

A host of other players made moves from their weekend play, allowing perhaps a little more comfort before the final event of 2012. Most notably, David Mathis improved six spots to 116th and Kevin Chappell went from the outside the top 125 to inside the top 125 (126th to 123rd). Others, such as D.J. Trahan (up 21 spots to 130) and Charlie Beljan (up 11 spots to 139) will need to perform at Disney to secure their spot for 2013, as only the top 125 players on the money list are guaranteed a Tour card for 2013.

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  1. Rob

    Oct 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Great win for Gainey, and for golf.

  2. honeybadgermax

    Oct 22, 2012 at 9:12 am

    A-W-E-S-O-M-E

  3. memphisunited

    Oct 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Great win for Gainey. It’s good to see that some of the Big Break guys can actually compete on TOUR.

    Also, I guess if you’re 7 shots back to start the final round at the McGladrey, you’re never out of it. Ben Crane was 7 shots back last year and won.

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, were, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures, and have WITB looks at Matt Jones and Roberto Diaz, in addition to a general gallery from the TPC Louisiana range.

Let’s dig in.

Matt Jones doesn’t need his name embroidered on his headcovers: tape and a marker will do just fine, thanks

Last week, Faaaabel the Goat. This week, someone who would eat Faaabel

Roberto Diaz: Brand agnostic

Wesley Bryan’s Taco Bell(t) lives

Homemade putting aid or soon to be seen on a Golf Channel infomercial (or both)?

UDI with a side of lead

Shaft bags: Assemble!

Roberto Diaz Fourteen RM wedge

What more do you need in life?

A bouquet of Circle T putter covers

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

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Tour Rundown: Moriya Jutanugarn and Andrew Landry win their first titles

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It was a week of firsts on two of the world’s major professional tours. Moriya Jutanugarn claimed her first LPGA title in an impressive manner, while 2016 U.S. Open surprise Andrew Landry seized control in Houston to inscribe his name on the winner’s trophy for an initial time. Elsewhere, a pair of underdogs upset the favorites at the Champions Tour’s Missouri affair, while two veterans added additional titles to their resumes in Europe and on the Web.Com tour. It’s an interesting brew in this week’s cauldron, so let’s give it a stir and see what we taste in this week’s Tour Rundown.

Landry holds off resurgent trio to claim Houston Open

Andrew Landry led that U.S. Open at Oakmont after day one, and hung around the top of the leader board until the fourth day. When his name resurfaced at this week’s Tour stop, few were certain he could hold off a resurgent Zach Johnson, the two-time major winner. Well, few other than Zach Johnson thought Landry might pull it off.

How Landry locked in

From the 10th hole on Friday, through the same hole on Sunday, Landry made zero bogeys. He had 13 birdies in that stretch, on a course that gives a few up, but not in buckets. That 36 hole run of brilliance, including birdies on Sunday’s first three holes, staked Landry to an advantage that he would not relinquish. For the entire week, only four bogeys dotted his scorecards, and two of those came on Thursday. Landry’s putter was hot all week, and his driving game was laser-accurate. The sum total: welcome to the winner’s circle, Mr. Landry.

Click here to see the clubs Landry used to win the 2018 Valero Texas Open

Who made a run?

It wasn’t Johnson. Iowa’s favorite son hasn’t won since the 2015 British Open, although his game has shown its old fire of late. Johnson couldn’t find a groove on day 4, making as many bogeys in that round as Landry did all week. In the end, Johnson had a top-5 finish, amid signs that another victory may not be far in the offing. Sean O’Hair had the low round (66) of the day, and that magic was enough to boost him to a second-place tie with young Trey Mullinax, who followed a Saturday 62 with a notable 69 to rock steady. Jimmy Walker, finally recovered from a bout of illness, had the day’s 2nd-lowest score of 67, and he moved all the way to 4th spot.

Mighty Moriya holds off Korean trio for first tour title

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand has been close before. She has seen little sister Ariya hoist victory awards before. On Sunday, it was her turn. Jutanugarn and Marina Alex were two of the leader with no title to their credit, heading into the closing 18 holes. While the key to victory still eludes the young American, it was Jutanugarn’s turn to triumph.

What Moriya discovered on Sunday

Actually, she dug deepest on Saturday. The older sibling opened round three with a double bogey, stood 3-over on the day after six holes, and appeared to be sinking. The ship’s wheel steadied with two birdies and hole-out eagle coming home, and then it began the final day with four birdies and no bogeys in the first 15 holes. A late bogey served only to add faux drama, as Jutanugarn calmly closed the deal for victory the first.

Park, Young and Yeon can’t win this case

Reading a bit like a law firm, Inbee Park, Jin Young Ko and So Yeon Ryu made their runs at Moriya. Inbee had a bogey at the turn, and needed perfection on Sunday. She didn’t get it, so a tie for second was in the offing. Ko might have had the best opportunity at day’s start, but a 2-over outward nine took her too far off pace for a 3-under inward half, to provide recovery. She also came second, at 10-under. Ryu put an opening bogey behind with four birdies through 12 holes, but could not go deeper over the closing stretch. Her fourth-place finish was her best of 2018.

Levy wins for third consecutive year on European Tour

France’s Alexander Levy nearly has a five-year win streak. His first two tour titles came in 2014. He skipped 2015, but hasn’t missed in the subsequent years. His work in Morocco this week added up to a one-shot win over a literal blast from the past, Spain’s Alvaro Quiros. Eight golfers finished within three strokes of the top spot, adding drama to the finish at Royal Dar-Es-Salaam.

Nothing spectacular leads Levy to win

There were no great streaks of brilliance, no runs of multiple birdies, for the 28-year old. All that he did, efficiently, was make enough birdies to stay ahead of his pursuers. After bogey at the antepenultimate hole on Sunday, Levy responded with a dart at the par-three 17th, to re-establish his lead. The win was the fifth of his career.

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Oh so close for Oh so many

Let’s begin with Quiros. The Spaniard, compared with Dustin Johnson (for his length off the tee) in his early years, has been adrift. Sunday was his best chance in forever to secure a tour title. His first 16 holes were a tangle of bogeys and a pair of birdies. The Iberian closed admirably, with birdies at the final pair, to claim solo second, one back of Levy. Also close were Mikko Illonen (tied for third with three others at 7-under) and England’s Andy Sullivan, one more back at 6-under, in a tie for seventh.

Two more for the road: Axley wins on Web, while Broadhurst/Triplett claim Legends

Eric Axley would have preferred to win his 3rd professional event in glorious fashion. He’ll take a rain-shortened title at the North Mississippi Classic, his second career Web.Com title and his first title of any sort in 12 years. Waaaay back in 2006, Axley won the very same Houston Open (see above) contested this week on the PGA Tour, and a bit of success was predicted for the left-hander. Success, as we know, doesn’t come to all hands, and Axley was able to birdie his final two holes on Saturday to stake a one-shot advantage. Tied for second were the USA’s Willy Wilcox, Columbia’s Sebastian Munoz, and Korea’s K.H. Lee.

Triplett and Broadhurst birdie 1st playoff hole for victory

The rules for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf are slightly simpler than those of field hockey, which means that they aren’t very simple. Both courses in use boast par-3 holes alone, but each has a different number of holes, so numbers on the scoreboard are meaningless. With the two Spaniards (Olazabal and Jimenez), the defending champs (Franco and Singh) and two major champions (Lehman and Langer) in the mix, the undervalued pairing of Kirk Triplett (he of the hat) and Paul Broadhurst (he of the …) were not anyone’s favorites to emerge. And here we are.

No one seemed bent on making any heroic moves on Sunday, so it came down to which teams would find their way. Lehman/Langer joined the eventual winners at the 9th hole. Triplett played the hole to perfection: tee shot into bunker, bunker shot into hole, thank you very much. No birdie putts were holed, and the title belonged to the unlikely pairing of Kirk and Paul.

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