Shane Bacon

Tommy Gainey trying to make a name for himself past the gloves

Shane Bacon
Devil Ball Golf

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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. -- It's hard to stand out on the PGA Tour. Most of the guys blend together, and unless your putting stance is compared to something Spiderman would do, you probably aren't much different than the rest of the guys.

That's why Tommy Gainey is so interesting. A 35-year-old touring pro who can go back and forth between tours like a pinball has made a name for himself because he spots two gloves, famously called "Two Gloves" by basically anyone in golf circles. He has won events on the Tarheel Tour, the Hooters Tour, the Gateway Tour and the Nationwide Tour, but never on the PGA Tour, with his highest finish coming back in 2008.

On Friday, Gainey put the finishing touches on a first round 63, the only time in his career he's been leading after the first round, and when he kicked off his second round, not but a few minutes after his final putt dropped in the first round, he kept it going. Sometimes being forced to play two rounds on the same day can be a good thing, and Gainey continued his charge, adding four more birdies before the horn sounded.

While the screwy weather has made it impossible to judge who will be leading this thing when the cut is actually made, Gainey is in a great position to make himself more than just a gimmick on tour; he could add "PGA" to the ongoing list. And maybe for someone like Two Gloves, having such a weird first few days could benefit him. Maybe not having to sleep on leads all week is good for a player to card his first win.

There is a ton of time left, but Gainey is all smiles at this point. Oh, and with this weather, sporting two gloves isn't even that strange.

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