Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tommy 'Two Gloves' Feeling At Home On The PGA Tour

   Tommy ‘Two Gloves’ Gainey is making the most of his second chance on the PGA Tour. Gainey, who played his way back on tour with two wins on the Nationwide Tour last year, already has a pair of top-10 finishes this year. He tied for eighth in Phoenix where he had a chance to win until he made a triple-bogey with three holes remaining. He also finished fifth at the Honda Classic.

   “It’s a lot different out for me this time,” said Gainey, who played the tour in 2009 but did not retain his privileges. “The reason is because I won (last year) on the Nationwide Tour. My confidence is at an all time high. I feel like I belong out here now.”

   A Bishopville, S.C., native, Gainey his nickname stitched into his golf bag with red right beside a South Carolina Gamecocks logo. Gainey isn't haunted by his near-miss at Phoenix when he tried to drive a par-4 green in the final round and his tee shot caromed off a hazard stake into the water, leading to a triple bogey that cost him more than $100,000.
   "You could say I was within one tee shot of making it interesting," Gainey said of his opportunity. "I made a triple. When I get in that situation, I try to be aggressive.  I try to win the tournament. You can say I should have laid up but I thought I took the right club."