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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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Luke List: Fearless Golfer with a Purpose

The 27-year-old Luke List is indeed a fearless golfer but with a purpose. Topping the Web.com Tour money list and guaranteed to be in the top 25 with all the remaining nine tournaments, he is earning a 2013 PGA Tour card for himself.

Being the longest hitter at the Web.com Tour, List is a name to watch out for in the next year’s season of the PGA Tour as he tries to seal a spot. “To stay out there on the PGA Tour, I don’t really look at it like that. I’m not afraid of losing my card. I’m just looking forward to competing for championships out there.” List said.

The very competitive List said, “No. 1 is a big deal and that’s what I’m chasing. I’ve always felt my game is suited for the PGA Tour. I love the atmosphere. I love the fans. That’s the pinnacle of golf for all of us and we’re chasing it. I feel good about the progress I’ve made this year and I’m looking forward to next year, moving up to the next level and getting out there on the big tour.”

Averaging a score of 71.97 per 18 holes, he still holds the lowest career scoring average for the last 20 years of Vanderbilt where he is also a consistent and model alumnus. List’s first winning professional tournament was at the South Georgia Classic and he currently holds the record of being in the top 10 for six times and finishing second place thrice.

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PGA Championship’s Table of Birdies and Bogeys

The PGA Championship was held at the Ocean Course and here is a close look at who’s who on that Sunday’s golf event.

Rory McIlroy performed impressively well on this tournament just how he performed when he won the US Open at Congressional. His strikes and putting were remarkably sensible bringing himself back in line after collapsing at the Masters. Tiger Woods, on the other hand, fell short and wasted his opportunity for another major despite playing better on Sunday compared to his performance on the day before. Starting out so good with a 36-hole lead, Tiger’s third round was mostly unsuccessful.

Vijay Singh made it to the final group but this three-time major champion was unable to maintain his momentum. The 49-year-old golfer played the third round at four over and doing the same in the final round, scoring at a depressing 77 and finishing at T-36.

Ian Poulter did a good job hitting five greens and making five birdie putts through five holes. Whoa! Though he faded later, the Englishman added two more birdies on the back nine setting an example of how substantial he can be. His efforts paved way as he is considered to meet European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal in the upcoming Ryder Cup in fall.

Carl Pettersson got upset after being informed that he was penalized with two-strokes on the first hole but he didn’t let his emotions ruin the entire game and delivered back-to-back birdie shots right after. Though the shots weren’t enough to win the major, he made the highest finish with T-3 at one of the biggest golf events aside from winning the heart of a new fan like me.

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Luke Donald for the Major

Luke Donald is more focused nowadays as he aims for his first major title. The Englishman’s enthusiasm was fired up after achieving world number one again. A four-shot victory in the BMW PGA Championship pushed him back into the top rankings.

As Donald said, “Winning one major would satisfy some of my critics but the goal is to win more than one. I feel like I have that ability.” Just a single major title will get Donald a chance to play for the Olympic Club, which is up for grabs in San Francisco.

“There are three majors left and that is the next goal – to try and get one of those. The big thing is that every time you have the opportunity to close out events you gain confidence and hopefully that will serve me well,” Donald said.

Posture is one of the things that Donald has been working on lately. He is getting assistance from his trainer, Dave Alred, who was also Jonny Wilkinson’s coach in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. According to Donald, he is seeing great results from his efforts.

“It has helped me to be really aware of my posture and how I outwardly project that feeling of positiveness. It helps me and obviously sends a message to whoever I am playing with. It helps me to feel very confident on the greens and it is a big, big weapon in my arsenal. I have done a lot better job of it since I have been working with Dave – he is always reminding me about it,” Donald said.

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Tee it Forward and Enjoy the Game of Golf

Tee It Forward
“Tee It Forward” is a program launched by the PGA of America, partnered with the United States Golf Association (USGA). It is an initiative that aims to give golfers a more fun-filled experience on the course while improving the overall quality of their performances.

Tee It Forward promotes the idea that golfers should play using a set of tees that are appropriate for their abilities. A golfer’s average driving distance is measured and matched with a fitting tee and course distance. A chart is provided to serve as a guideline, helping golfers understand and follow the principles.

Using the program, players are likely to achieve better scores and experience more fun and enjoyment while playing. More casual and new golfers are expected to become attracted to the sport, and they’ll want to play more often, which is a good thing for the golf industry in general.

Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, provided the concept that became the backbone of the program. Using the program’s principles, even beginning golfers can play 18-holes over a distance relative to a pro’s game. Novices are encouraged to play the course within their capabilities. Professional players, on the other hand, can take on more challenges as they push through every game.

The program is indeed an innovation, where the enjoyment of every golfer, of any skill level, is enhanced. Both associations are looking forward to seeing Tee It Forward adopted by many more golfers and golf facilities in the United States.

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