A Quick Round with Tommy Two Gloves Gainey

By Randall MellJuly 22, 2010, 10:29 pm
Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey is earning his ticket back to the PGA Tour.

He all but clinched his return winning the Chiquita Classic last week, his second Nationwide Tour victory this season. The question is whether he’ll earn the promotion this year or next.

With his last victory, Gainey vaulted to No. 1 on the Nationwide Tour money list. He’s virtually assured he’ll finish among the top 25 in money at year’s end, which means he’ll win a PGA Tour card for next season. But with a third victory this year, Gainey can earn a promotion this season.

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With his win in Ohio, Tommy Gainey moved into first place on Nationwide Tour money list. (Getty Images)
Gainey, who first made a name for himself on Golf Channel’s Big Break series, talks about returning to the PGA Tour in a Quick Round:

Are you content knowing you’ve pretty much locked up a return to the PGA Tour next year, or are you driven to get that third title and move up this year?

Yes and no. Yes, it’s on my mind, but I’m not worried about it. I’m just trying to do the same things I’ve been doing all year. I’m trying to win every week I tee it up.

You’ve said you are motivated trying to prove “the doubters” wrong. In what way do you feel people doubt you?

I haven’t had anybody say they doubt my ability, but if you really think about the Big Break show, and some of these guys and girls who haven’t panned out, people look at some of us and say, `Oh, they’re just trying to get these different characters to fill out the show.’ You sense people thinking these guys have a little bit of game, but they don’t have what it takes to make it on the PGA Tour or LPGA.

But the Big Break has gotten some really good players on the show with myself, Matt Every, Kristy McPherson. You look at us three, I feel pretty good where we are now.

After your first Nationwide Tour victory six weeks ago, you said you wanted to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

When I won my first time, I was sure people were thinking that’s a fluke. I want everyone to know I’m a good player. There are doubters everywhere in the world. Everyone has doubters, even Tiger Woods.

When you made it to the PGA Tour in 2008 through Q-School, you basically jumped right from mini-tours to the highest level in your sport. You lost your exempt status and played with limited status last year. What have you learned that will help in your return to the PGA Tour?

I learned being out here on the Nationwide Tour. I did feel like I was going straight from the mini-tours to the big show, but I felt like I was ready. Now winning twice on the Nationwide Tour, I think it gives me some credit as far as belonging out there. But it doesn’t matter what I say, I have to perform.

Two wins this summer, what’s come together for you?

The short game. It’s unbelievable what a difference a couple years can make. In ’08 and ’09 playing the PGA Tour, I played some of the worst golf I’ve ever played. My short game’s improved.

That’s how you win golf tournaments. Everybody is a great ball striker out here. It’s about who can get it in the hole. Whoever gets that wedge closest to the hole to where you just have to tap it in, that makes it so much easier.

How did your short game get so much better?

My caddie, Marvin King, he started talking to me about really working on the short game, the short shots.

Anything in particular he helped you with?

We have great chemistry. He knows my game as good as I know it. When you have a caddie who can see you doing something wrong and help correct it, that’s a big help.

He pointed out something he saw in my short game. He saw me moving my body on short shots and hitting them fat. He told me to keep the upper body still on the short shots, to keep the buttons on my shirt still, or centered.

Anything new in your life you care to share?

I’m getting married Dec. 18. I’m looking forward to it. I have a great girl, Erin Joiner. I feel real lucky to have found such a great person to call my life partner.

She’s ready for a crazy life in golf?

Yes. I have a 2-year-old son (Tommy Gainey III) who lives with my ex girlfriend, but I live nearby. It takes a really special person to jump in and be with me and understand I have a 2-year-old son who comes first in my life. It’s not easy to jump into a relationship with a man or woman with a child. She’s a great person. I love her to death and look forward to spending the rest of my life with her.
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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Green jacket tour

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Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

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Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.