Maybe now more golf fans associate the name Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey with that of a PGA TOUR winner. Gainey assaulted the Seaside Course in posting a remarkable 10-under-par 60 and jumped 28 spots on the leaderboard to achieve his first PGA TOUR win.
He did flirt with a 59. With two holes remaining, Gainey was a mere birdie away from that magical number. His bid would fall short, but I’ll assume Gainey is happier with the win than had he shot a 59 and came up a shot or two short.
If you’re not familiar with Gainey’s story, may I recommend catching The Big Break IV – USA vs. Europe. All of the season can be viewed on Golf Channel’s website. (LINK). If you have never watched an episode of The Big Break, I highly suggest doing so. We think of golf in a certain manner, but these participants are put through challenges that test their true mettle. Gainey holds the distinction of the first Big Break grad to receive a tour card.
Gainey was dubbed “Two Gloves” because he wears a glove on each hand. And they stay on the entire round. Gainey dons the pair due to a strong baseball background. Due to his baseball background, he also is the owner of one of the PGA TOUR’s most unique swings.
And you thought Jim Furyk‘s swing was awkward. Watching his follow-through makes my back hurt…a lot.
After Gainey finished his round, he had a few minutes to burn as the final group was only on the 8th hole. That group consisted of overnight co-leaders, Davis Love III and Furyk. DLIII never caught fire and Furyk’s chances fell by the wayside when his approach on the final hole was pushed right. David Toms made a run with a 63, but came up short by one shot and finished in second.
That’s three major winners along with 49 PGA TOUR wins chasing down a guy with zero wins on the PGA and only two wins on the Web.com circuit.
The win provides Gainey the desirable two year exemption. He was already in a good position on the money list as he was 106th entering this week. He now sits at 56th.
Not bad for a guy with a baseball swing that doubles as his golf swing.
Not so great news…
Condolences go out to the family of caddie Scott Steele. Steele passed away Friday evening. Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard states that Steele had been in a hypothermic coma as a means for his body to recuperate from a heart attack Steele suffered on October 14. Steele has been the caddie for Champions Tour player Kirk Triplett since 2010.
Steele was on the bag when Larry Mize pulled off one of golf’s greatest shots en route to Mize’s 1987 win at The Masters. FOr the most part of Steele’s golf career, he was caddie for Tim Herron.