McGladrey Classic 2012: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey had a round for the ages as he went out early and carded a 60 to claim his first PGA victory after starting the day seven-shots off the lead.
This is just the 31st round of 60 or lower in a PGA event and it was almost a record-tying 59. Check out the birdie putt he left on the edge to close out his round.
There were some low scores on the day, but this round was still remarkable. The PGA tweeted out some stats of his amazing play.
Tommy Gainey's 60: He missed two greens, had 24 putts. Missed two fairways. Strokes gained putting? 5.094. Card: ow.ly/eE85s— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 21, 2012
Gainey did not have one hole over par on the day. He was a tidy four-under for the front, and somehow managed to improve his play on the back as he fired a six-under 29.
The course was helpless against Gainey as he caught absolute fire. He played holes 13-16 at five under with the aid of a hole-out eagle on No. 15.
The 37-year-old had a long wait in the clubhouse, cameras caught him nervously checking his phone, watching TV and pacing, but he watched as all challengers came up short.
This is a huge win for Two Gloves' career, who earns his nickname by bucking convention with covering both his hands, as it earns him exempt status through 2014.
Check out finishing order below as well as some highlights from the day's more memorable rounds.
Final 2012 McGladrey Leaderboard
Leaderboard per Yahoo! Sports.
|T4||Brendon de Jonge||66||69||68||65||-5||F||-12||268|
|T4||Davis Love III||65||66||66||71||+1||F||-12||268|
|T7||Charles Howell III||66||68||67||68||-2||F||-11||269|
Other Notable Performers
In a sick twist of fate, which seems to be the only kind of twist involved with golf, Jim Furyk stood on No. 18 needing a birdie to send this tournament to a playoff.
It has been a long year for Furyk, and as the Associated Press notes, it is his last of the year. The veteran has played great, but he has had way too many last-round collapses to feel anything but pain from this season.
So there was Furyk, who was the co-leader after three rounds, on 18 with a chance to seize victory. Commendably, he hit a beautiful drive, but he left his approach shot wide right on a shot he would rarely miss the green.
It wasn't just the 18th where Furyk failed either. He hit the below birdie on No. 15 to pull within one, and he could not get one birdie in the last three.
Davis Love III
Davis Love III was the co-leader with Furyk entering the final round, which gave both guys a chance to help put the Ryder Cup failures of three weeks ago behind them, but Love was never much of a factor.
The birdie on No. 10 in the below video was Love's second in three holes, and he looked ready to make a surge, but it never happened.
In fact, Love limped to the finish line as he fired a one-over for the day to finish four off the lead.
Were it not for ol' Two Gloves, Toms would have been the talk of this Sunday. The 13-time tour winner fired a final-round 63, and he missed a birdie putt on 18 that would have tied him in the clubhouse with Gainey.
Toms had a fantastic day with the irons. Check out his excellent tee shot and putt to birdie the Par-3 17th.
That birdie was his third straight and his fourth in five holes as he caught fire on the back. Toms had just one bogey on the day and that came on No. 1.
Had he hit the course a little more warmed up, there would be a different winner for this tournament, but as it is, there should be no complaints.
This was an amazing day of golf and it is a true feel-good win for Gainey.
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