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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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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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