Gainey, of Big Break IV and Big Break VII fame, shot 5-under 67 at Firethorne Country Club to earn one of four spots into this weeks high-class field in Charlotte, N.C.
Gainey parred the first extra hole to stay alive and then birdied the second hole of the playoff to qualify.
Im still in a whirlwind, Gainey said Tuesday to GOLF CHANNEL reporter Steve Sands. Its unbelievable being in the position Im in right now.
Gainey, who is from Bishopville, S.C. and is nicknamed Two Gloves because he wears black gloves on both hands, is in a field that includes 18 of the top 20 players in the world. He is scheduled to tee off Thursday at Quail Hollow at 8:54 a.m. alongside fellow Monday qualifier Michael Putnam and Craig Kanada.
Im with the best players in the world. I feel like Im kind of one of the players this week, he said.
As a member of the field, Gainey gets to enjoy all of the perks, like driving a Mercedes-Benz all week. Now, he just wants to make the experience last an extra two days.
My first goal was to get in, he said. My second goal was to make the cut and then just go from there.