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Gainey Aims for a Back-to-Back Win


Tommy GaineyWith just three weeks after winning his first PGA Tour, Tommy Gainey is working for a back-to-back win in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic to be held at Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Gainey, who is popular with his unconventional swings, scored a 7-under-par 65, closing the first round with a lag of one hit. Two of the final three holes were birdied by the American golfer, finishing the round in tie with Camilo Villegas of Colombia and one-shot away from the leading South Korean golfer, Charlie Wi.

The sensation created by Gainey in the golf world last month is still afresh. Golf enthusiasts can still recall how he closed the McGladrey Classic with a score of 10-under-par 60.

Gainey was happy to start even a windy day in Lake Buena Vista. “It’s playing kind of tough out there. The wind’s blowing 10 to 15 mph steady, gusting up to 20 at different times, and when you catch that gust on the wrong side, you can make some bogeys pretty fast. I’ve got off to a great start, so I gotta focus on maybe trying to win another tournament this week. It’s all about winning again for me, because my goal has not been achieved yet,” he told the reporters after the round.

The 37-year-old golfer has a definite goal. He is working to be in the top 30 of the PGA Tour’s money list and to be able to play at the Augusta National by next year. “When I’m playing at Augusta, that means I’m also playing in the other majors, so that’s my goal,” he said. Gainey is currently at number 56 in the money list. “I’m just trying to play my game and just go from there,” he concluded.

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Gainey Bags His First PGA Title


tommy gainey wins PGA TourTommy Gainey had always dreamt of winning the PGA tour. Now, it has become a reality. This golfer started low. He worked in a hot water tank wrapping insulation job and eventually played in mini-golf tours in a reality program for Golf Channel. He was then known as “Two Gloves”.

Gainey bagged his very first PGA win at the McGladrey Classic with an awesome score of 60 coming from seven shots away at the start of the final round. He pulled far enough that it took David Toms, Jim Furyk and Davis Love III more than two hours to catch him, but all of them failed thus giving the new champion his victory. He also set a new record of 10-under 60 at the Sea Island Golf Course closing the game with a single shot ahead of the second placer Toms.

“Oh, man. I tell you, you’re out here on the PGA Tour. You’re playing with the best players in the world. Ninety-nine percent of these guys have already won, and won majors, big tournaments. The only show I can say I’ve won is the ‘Big Break’,” Gainey said enthusiastically.

“Now I can sit here and say I’ve won the McGladrey Classic here at Sea Island, and I’m very proud to be in this tournament and very proud to win. And wow, it’s been a whirlwind day. I didn’t know having 24 putts and shooting 60 would be like this. So I’m pretty stoked about it,” he added.

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Tommy Gainey Wins at the McGladrey Classic


tommy gaineyAmerican golfer Tommy Gainey bagged his first PGA tour title after winning the McGladrey Classic. It was indeed a remarkable victory for Gainey who started the final round at the 29th place with a tie and a score of 6-under-par, 7 shots behind the two leading players, Davis Love and Jim Furyk.

Gainey closed the event with a final score of 60. He could have made it 59 had he not missed his birdie shot at the 18th hole. He birdie putted the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 9th holes but had struggles on the back nine. Though he also birdied the 11th, 13th and 14th holes, he was holed in a greenside bunker on the par-5, 15th hole. However, he immediately recovered by again, another birdie on the 16th hole.

During the interview, he said, “I wasn’t thinking about 59. All I did all day was just try to make birdies and a lot of birdies because when you’re seven shots back, your chances of winning a PGA Tour, especially with the leaders, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk, it don’t bide in your favor, man.”

Taking a peek at Gainey’s bag, most of his golf equipment is from Callaway. He used the 10.5-degree Callaway RAZR Fit Driver, a 15-degree Callaway FT-I Tour Fairway Wood, a 4-PW Calalway RZR X Forged Irons, Forged 50-, 54-, and 60-degree wedges by Callaway, Backstryke Blade Putter by Odyssey and HEX Black Tour Golf Balls, also by Callaway.

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Who’s Who at the McGladrey Classic


McGladrey Classic 2012Danny Lee of New Zealand did well at the first round of the McGladrey Classic held in Sea Island, Georgia. The event was a very important competition for Lee who is working hard to keep his PGA Tour card.

Lee, who shot three birdies and an eagle in five holes, scored a five under par 65 closing the round with a tie at the sixth place and three shots lagging from the leading Americans, Bud Cauley and Marco Dawson. He shot another birdie at the 11th hole which placed him in the lead but failed to make a good shot on the par four-16th landing him at 65.

Dawson led the initial round of competition early on by shooting nine birdies and one bogey. Cauley, on the other hand, shot six birdies out of his last nine holes which allowed him to catch up with Dawson and eventually, share the lead. Cauley turned professional before the 2011 US Open.

Cauley was glad with his bogey-free performance in the competition. “Really no complaints today. I’ve been struggling with my driving a little bit lately but I’ve been working hard on that and was able to drive it really well today. And then I took advantage of that with some great iron shots and made most of the putts, so all in all it was a really good day,” he shared.

Cauley earned his PGA Tour card without undergoing a qualifying school. This was also done by the prominent golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. “Obviously I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. It’s been a long year and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. This is probably going to be it. This is probably my last tournament (this season),” he said with full of optimism.

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