“Two Gloves” never imagined his first win would unfold the way it did Sunday at Sea Island.
Seven shots behind going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic, Gainey came within one putt of 59, and then had to wait more than two hours as David Toms, Jim Furyk and tournament host Davis Love III – who have combined for 49 wins, three majors and 17 Ryder Cup teams – tried to catch him.
None of them could.
Gainey broke the course record at Sea Island with a 10-under 60, which carried him to a one-shot win over Toms.
LPGA TOUR: In Incheon, South Korea, Suzann Pettersen won the HanaBank Championship for her ninth LPGA Tour title, beating Catriona Matthew with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third hole of playoff after blowing a big lead.
Pettersen shot 2-over 74 to finish at 11-under 205 on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Perth, Australia, Bo Van Pelt won the Perth International, closing with 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over American countryman Jason Dufner.
Van Pelt finished at 16-under 272 at Lake Karrinyup.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Russell Henley , a former Georgia golfer, won the Jacksonville Open for his second Web.com Tour victory of the year, beating B.J. Staten with a par on the first hole of a playoff on Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Henley birdied the final hole of regulation for 5-under 65 to match Staten at 10-under 270 on Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass. Staten finished with a 68, then had a double bogey on the playoff hole.
Henley earned $108,000 to jump from ninth to third on the money list with $365,366. The tournament was the final full-field event of the year. The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship next week in McKinney, Texas. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Henley also won the Chiquita Classic last month in a playoff in North Carolina. Last year while still a student at Georgia, Henley won the tour’s Stadion Classic on his college course.
Staten earned a spot in the finale, making $64,800 to go from 69th to 32nd on the money list with $141,521.