Conventional wisdom told us it would be Davis Love III or Jim Furyk hoisting Sea Island silver on Sunday, but it was unconventional Tommy ‘Two Gloves’ Gainey that cruised to victory at The McGladrey Classic after posting a 10-under 60 in the final round.
Gainey, who sports two gloves and an unorthodox swing, came from seven shots back to start the day to secure his maiden PGA Tour victory.
Gainey’s round featured seven consecutive 3s starting at No. 11, including a chip-in for eagle at the 15th hole from 40 feet to move to 15 under. He followed that with a 20 footer for birdie at the par-4 16th. With two holes to play, Gainey needed just one birdie to shoot 59, but made pars on his closing holes for a 60 – the lowest round on the PGA Tour this season and the Sea Island Golf Club course record.
Love and Furyk began the day tied at 13 under, but got off to a slow start and were unable to rekindle any sort of magic they had found earlier in the week. Furyk posted a 1-under 69 and finished two shots back of Gainey in third place. Love carded a 1-over 71 Sunday and ended up four off the pace in a tie for fourth.
David Toms was an early challenger to Gainey, needing two birdies on his final two holes to tie him and force a playoff. Toms birdied the 17th but then hit his tee shot in a fairway bunker at the 18th, ultimately settling for par. He carded a 7-under 63 Sunday and finished in second place.
Gainey's big-deficit comeback victory is one of many we've seen this year and he is the 35th different player to win on the PGA Tour this season.