Gainey storms to victory
Tommy Gainey carded a stunning final round of 60 to claim a one-shot victory in the McGladrey Classic and inflict more misery on Davis Love and Jim Furyk.
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Gainey was seemingly out of contention as he began his final round tied for 29th place on six under par and seven shots adrift of joint leaders Love and Furyk.
However, the 37-year-old American charged up the leaderboard with a flawless round that included eight birdies and an eagle to finish 16 under for the tournament.
That was enough to clinch his first PGA Tour title with David Toms (63) second on 15 under after picking up birdies on four of his final five holes, while Furyk (69) was two shots back after finishing with a bogey on the 18th.
Love, the US Ryder Cup captain who picked Furyk as one of his wild cards for the defeat at Medinah last month, finished in a tie for fourth after hitting his drive into water on the 16th to run up a double-bogey six.
"I'm very proud to be in this tournament and very proud to win," Gainey told a post-tournament press conference.
"You're playing with the best players in the world; 99% of these guys have already won, and won majors, won big tournaments. The only show I can say I've won is 'The Big Break' (a TV reality show).
"Now I can sit here and say I've won the McGladrey Classic here at Sea Island, Georgia.
"It's been a whirlwind day. I didn't know having 24 putts and shooting 60 would be like this, so I'm pretty stoked about it."
Gainey's 60 was a course record but he also had a chance to card only the sixth round of 59 in PGA Tour history when he was left with a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole.
However, his putt finished just short as he settled for a 60, the sixth player to do so on the tour since 2007.
Gainey, who wears a black glove on each hand, carded birdies on the first, third, fifth and ninth to reach the turn in 31 and get himself into contention, but it was on the back nine where he did most of the damage.
A birdie on 11 was followed by two more on 13 and 14 before he holed from a greenside bunker for eagle on the par-five 15th.
Gainey sank another birdie on the 16th before finishing with back-to-back pars.
"It's been a hard year for me and finally we got it right," Gainey added.
It has arguably been an even harder year for Furyk. The 42-year-old lost in a four-man play-off at the Transitions Championship, failed to win the US Open after leading with three holes to play, double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to lose the Bridgestone Invitational and bogeyed the final two holes to lose his singles match to Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup.
"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."
Furyk saved par on the 17th from 12ft but never looked like making the birdie he needed on the last after missing the green with his approach.
England's Greg Owen finished in a tie for seventh after closing with a 65.