Tommy ‘Two Gloves’ Gainey has won the McGladrey Classic at the Sea Island Course after posting a course-record 60 for the final round. Despite missing out on the magic 59, he was only too happy to grab his first PGA Tour win. He did however make history by becoming the fourth player in 2012 to come from a massive deficit and march on to victory.
After making seven birdies and carding a 29 on the back nine, Gainey then retired to the clubhouse to see if the rest of the field could match his score. Jim Furyk and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III looked like title contenders but neither could make the most of the good conditions. Furyk stayed close until he made bogey on the last hole – his first 1-over in 56 holes. Love III drove his ball straight into the water on the 16th and could only walk away with a double bogey.
For 37-year-old Gainey, the win was rather special. “It’s been a hard year for me and finally, we got it right,” he said. He’s nicknamed ‘Two Gloves’ for wearing a black glove on each hand and has a rather unique swing. Despite being a daunting seven shots behind the leader at the start of the final round, he simply put his head down and ignored the deficit. Perhaps that’s something we can all learn from. Instead of worrying about who is leading, rather focus on your own game and take each hole as it comes. Gainey finished with a 16-under 264 and pocketed a cool $720,000.
Second place went to David Toms who was also in a position to catch Gainey, but finished one shot back with a 63. Toms just need a birdie on the last hole to force a playoff but his drive went right into a bunker and his chances of a win evaporated. “I was thinking about what kind of putt I was going to have before I ever hit the fairway,” Toms said. “You get ahead of yourself and that’s what happens.”
For Furyk, McGladrey was yet another frustrating event. Despite shooting 69, only making two bogeys all week and finishing third, 2012 has been a dreadful season for the US Tour regular. He won’t forget the bogey on the 16th hole in the US Open, or the double-bogey on the last hole that cost him the Bridgestone Invitational. And let’s not forget throwing away a one-shot leader against Sergio Garcia in the Ryder Cup. I can’t help but feel a bit sorry for the guy. He’s a good player, strikes the ball well yet seems to have the worst luck. “I think what I’m most disappointed about is when it came down the stretch, hitting the ball pretty much as good as I can, I made really, really poor swings at 17 and 18 with a 7-iron and 8-iron,” Furyk said. “So to play those two holes and not get one good look at it for birdie was disappointing.”
McGladrey Classic Results
264 – Tommy Gainey 69-67-68-60
265 – David Toms 65-67-70-63
266 – Jim Furyk 66-65-66-69
268 – Brendon de Jonge (ZIM) 66-69-68-65, D.J. Trahan 66-67-66-69, Davis Love 65-66-66-71
269 – Greg Owen (ENG) 64-69-71-65, Chad Campbell 66-67-69-67, Charles Howell 66-68-67-68
270 – Charlie Beljan 66-71-68-65, David Mathis 69-69-65-67, Mark Wilson 68-69-66-67, Michael Thompson 65-68-69-68, Arjun Atwal (IND) 67-63-69-71
271 – Blake Adams 68-68-69-66, Scott Stallings 68-70-67-66, Daniel Chopra (SWE) 68-69-66-68, Harris English 71-66-66-68, Kyle Reifers 67-68-67-69
272 – Scott Brown 67-70-70-65, Sean O’Hair 73-66-67-66, Camilo Villegas (COL) 65-71-68-68, Brendan Steele 67-71-66-68, Bill Lunde 68-68-68-68, Ken Duke 67-68-68-69, Bud Cauley 62-70-68-72