Tour Report: No. 49 Tommy Gainey

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2013 PREVIEW: Tommy Gainey, the man who once made his living by wrapping insulation around hot water heaters, showed his determination to play by appearing twice on the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” series, then successfully navigated his way through q-school in 2007. Now that Gainey has finally gotten that breakthrough victory, don’t think he’ll sit back and relax — the South Carolinian is too much of a competitor for that.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Gainey started the final round of The McGladrey Classic seven strokes off the pace being set by Jim Furyk and Davis Love III. Eight birdies and an eagle later he was the clubhouse leader after shooting a 60 that came within a 19-foot putt of tying for the TOUR’s all-time low score. Gainey then had to wait more than two hours to find out whether victory was his as he ended up beating David Toms by a stroke. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Is there a more popular winner on TOUR than Tommy Two Gloves? Some casual golf fans may think of him as, “that guy with the funky swing who wears gloves on both hands,” but that’s not what his fellow TOUR players think. Tommy’s swing is unorthodox, however, it resulted in a tournament win and more than $1.5 million in earnings. Tommy’s game is very respected inside the locker room. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: It’s hard not to get giddy about a guy that has made 66 starts the last two seasons and capped off that stretch with his first PGA TOUR victory (McGladrey). What I love is his humility. Ignore the baseball influence and “Two Gloves” schtick. He’s aggressive, plays a ton and comes across as quite comfortable in his own skin. What’s not to love about that? — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking

102nd

Final Playoffs ranking

94th

Best finish 1st The McGladrey Classic

Starts: 32

Cuts made: 18

Rounds played: 98

Top-10 finishes: 2

Money List rank: 55th

Driving distance: 33rd

Driving accuracy: 165th

Greens in regulation: 158th

Strokes gained-putting: 71st

Scoring average: 156th

By the Numbers TOUR ranking

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