Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey closed with a 10-under-par 60 to take the McGladrey Classic, his first PGA Tour victory.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Winning on the PGA Tour is what Tommy Gainey dreamed about when he held a job wrapping insulation around hot-water tanks, when he was playing more mini-tours than he can remember, when he was taking part in a Golf Channel reality series where he was best known as the guy wearing two golf gloves.
“Two Gloves” never imagined his first victory would unfold the way it did Sunday at Sea Island.
Seven shots behind going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic, Gainey came one putt from shooting a 59, then had to wait more than two hours as David Toms, Jim Furyk and tournament host Davis Love III — who have combined for 49 Tour victories — tried to catch him.
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Gainey set the course record at Sea Island with a 10-under-par 60, which carried him to a one-shot victory over Toms (63). Gainey became the fourth player this year to rally from at least seven shots down in the final round to win, helped by seven straight 3s on his card on the back nine.
Gainey, 37, had a 16-under 264 total and earned $720,000 for the victory, which came in his 105th Tour start. He had a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history with a round of 59 and narrowly missed.
“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’ (on Golf Channel).”
Furyk (69) was third at 14 under and said, “I made really, really poor swings at 17 and 18 with a 7-iron and 8-iron.”
INCHEON, South Korea — Suzann Pettersen of Norway won the HanaBank Championship for her ninth LPGA Tour title, beating Catriona Matthew of Scotland with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff after blowing a big lead.
Seven strokes ahead of Matthew at the start of the final round, Pettersen shot a 2-over 74 to finish at 11-under 205. Pettersen, 31, earned $270,000. Matthew shot a 67.
Defending champ Yani Tseng (69), ranked No. 1 in the world, was third at 206.
• Bo Van Pelt won the Perth International in Australia, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over fellow American Jason Dufner (69).
Van Pelt, 37, finished at 16-under 272 at Lake Karrinyup and earned $333,330 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australasian tours.
• Russell Henley 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 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Henley (5-under 65) and Staten (68) were at 10-under 270 after 72 holes.
Henley, 23, earned $108,000.
The top 60 on the money list qualified for the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards.
Jeff Gove of Seattle is 65th on the Web.com money list and ex-Washington Husky Alex Prugh of Spokane is 67th.