By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Just prior to The McGladrey Classic, Tommy Gainey switched irons, going from Callaway’s Diablo forged irons to the company’s Razr X. He also tweaked his driver.
Less than a week later, Gainey shot a final-round 60 to win at Sea Island.
Fast forward to this week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, and Gainey is in a familiar position: Atop the leaderboard.
Gainey shot a 65 Thursday to share second with Camilo Villegas.
Momentum? Maybe. But Gainey made it a point not to celebrate his first career win.
“It’s all about winning again for me,” said Gainey, who hit 10 fairways and 13 greens while taking just 24 putts. “You know, my goal has not been achieved yet. And that is to get to Augusta.”
Even if Gainey goes on to win, however, he won’t qualify for the Masters. He came into the week 56th on the money list. The highest he can move up is to 32nd — only the top 30 at the end of this week qualify.
Still, Gainey of course wants to keep it going. He went 104 starts on the PGA TOUR without a win and now has a chance for his second straight victory.
And it all goes back to his accuracy off the tee, at least lately.
“I’ve never hit this many fairways in my life,” Gainey said. “It’s a lot easier when you’re in the fairways than that rough.”
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