Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey wins the McGladrey Classic
By mustang6560 on 10/22/12
I didn't get to watch the final round of the McGladrey Classic because I was busy breaking 80. But I watched enough of The Golf Channel Saturday evening and Sunday morning to know the storyline heading into the final round at the Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Club.

Sunday was supposed to be about tournament host Davis Love III and Jim Furyk. The Ryder Cup captain versus his Ryder Cup captain's pick. It was supposed to be a magical story of triumph for either player. DL3 could have rebounded from his Ryder Cup loss and Jim could have ended his miserable season on a positive note.

But out nowhere, Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey stormed the Seaside Course and ruined the story-line The Golf Channel had prepared for us. The South Carolina native shot a bogey-free 10-under-par 60 (and he had a birdie putt on 18 for 59) to win his first PGA Tour event.
"Oh, man," Gainey said. "I tell you, you're out here on the PGA Tour. You're playing with the best players in the world. Ninety-nine percent of these guys have already won, and won majors, big tournaments. The only show I can say I've won is the 'Big Break.' Now I can sit here and say I've won the McGladrey Classic here at Sea Island, and I'm very proud to be in this tournament and very proud to win. And wow, it's been a whirlwind day.

"I didn't know having 24 putts and shooting 60 would be like this," he said. "So I'm pretty stoked about it."
To be honest, I didn't even know Tommy was in the field at the McGladrey Classic let alone anywhere near contention but I'm thrilled for him. I've seen Tommy play twice now (once at the Zurich and once at the True South) and he's a likable guy. If there is such a thing as a blue collar professional golfer, it's Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey.

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bducharm says:
Way to go Tommy!!! He is the epitome of the Big Break!!! From nothing to PGA Tour victor!!!
GBogey says:
Great story for someone who seems to be a likeable guy. Chamblee, who I believe alternates between insightful genius and royal jerk, had interesting comments about Gainey's home grown swing in that he believes a player with a home grown swing can play with more confidence. He also opined that this could be one factor behind slow play - players need more time to figure out their swing - whereas home grown swings are less afraid to step up and hit due to the confidence factor. Interesting thought.
srogers13 says:
I am amazed Nathan's hole-in-one did not appear in this story, too.
legitimatebeef says:
I read on the intranets about Gainey's 60 so I tuned in to watch Furyk and Love III hack it around over the closing holes. What a couple of doofuses. Is there anything more painful to watch than Furyk trying to close out a tournament. I understand seriousness during crucial moments of a tournament, but with Furyk there is a serious air of gloom and consternation. It's not funny, it's not fun. He approaches his job with about as much "joie" as a pallbearer. Where is the "joie" Furyk?

Tommy Gainey is the man. He wears the logo of "AO Smith" company on his hat. What's cool is that he used to work for this same company before he made it on the tour--on the assembly line. Now they pay him to wear their logo while playing golf. Nice rags to riches story.
jfurr says:
Go Tommy! SC represent!
mmontisano says:
Jim Furyk has a home grown swing and he's painfully slow. Chamblee's argument doesn't hold up.
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