At 2:35 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2012, Tommy Gainey tapped in for a 10-under par 60 in the final round of The McGladrey Classic. Having just posted the PGA Tour's lowest 18-hole score of the season, he is leading the tournament by two shots. He now must wait to see if he will be hoisting his first championship trophy on the PGA Tour.
A 37-year-old native of South Carolina, Gainey has been a golf professional since 1997. His best finish in 104 PGA Tour events entered is second place, in the 2008 Children's Miracle Network Classic (the final event of his rookie season). Following a disappointing season in 2009, he lost his PGA Tour card.
Tommy Gainey made the cut in 20 of 27 events in 2010. After finishing third in the Panama Claro Championship in February, and second in the BMW Charity Pro-Am in May, he claimed two wins on the Nationwide Tour in June and July. With more than $400,000 in season earnings, he qualified for a return to the PGA Tour.
In his return, Gainey finished third an impressive four times in the 2011 PGA Tour season, including back-to-back in The Heritage and Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Finishing 35th on the Tour money list, with over $2 Million in earnings, there was no chance of losing his card again.
Tommy Gainey has had one more third place finish in 2012, in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He is in position to win over $1 Million again and has established himself as a successful member of the PGA Tour. The next step is to claim his first victory.
The McGladrey Classic
Jim Furyk is two shots behind with nine holes to play. Davis Love III, David Toms, and Charles Howell III are just one shot further back. Will Tommy Gainey hoist his first PGA Tour championship trophy on Sunday, October 21, 2012, as the winner of The McGladrey Classic? I can hardly wait to find out.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.
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