Tommy Gainey shoots 10-under par 60 to win McGladrey Classic in Sea Island
Tommy Gainey shot a remarkable final round 10-under par 60 to snatch victory in the McGladrey Classic in Georgia.
Last Updated: 21/10/12 11:40pm
Gainey, who started the day seven shots back in tied 29th, began his charge with four birdies on the back nine to reach 10-under and then fired in four more and a chip-in eagle at 15 to come home in a stunning 29.
An amazing run of seven consecutive threes between the 11th and the 17th also gave Gainey a golden chance to become just the sixth player to post a 59 on the PGA Tour but his 20 footer for birdie, and yet another three, at 18 came up just short.
With the final group - Jim Furyk and Davis Love - only on the eighth hole when Gainey putted out on 18, it left "Two Gloves" with a lengthy wait to see if his score of 16-under would hold up and secure him a first PGA Tour win.
David Toms was the first to make a run at it as he got to 15-under with birdies at 15, 16 and 17 but a poor drive at 18 meant the 2001 USPGA champion could only par, leaving him one shot short.
Furyk, who started the day tied for the lead with Love on 13-under, had only improved to 14-under after the first 14 holes but pulled to within one after a second birdie of the day on the par five 15th.
He had the chance to tie at the next but missed a 20 footer for birdie and, after scrambling for par at 17, Furyk missed the green with his approach at 18, made bogey instead of the birdie he required and dropped down to third.
Love was within an inch of reaching 15-under, just one behind Gainey, when an eagle chip at 15 horseshoed out but he then pulled his tee-shot at 16 into water and fell out of contention after a double bogey.
The US Ryder Cup skipper eventually finished tied fourth with DJ Trahan and Brendon de Jonge, one clear of a three-man group including England's Greg Owen.
Gainey later reflected on what had been a difficult season.
"It's been a hard year for me and finally, we got it right," said the 37-year-old with the unconventional swing.
"I get bashed all the time about my swing," Gainey acknowledged, but added: "The only thing that matters is right before impact on the downswing."
Furyk, meanwhile, couldn't hide his disappointment after again wobbling down the stretch. Poor finishes this year have cost him at the US Open and also the Ryder Cup where he critically lost the final two holes to suffer defeat to Sergio Garcia in the dramatic Sunday singles.
"I think what I'm most disappointed about is when it came down the stretch, hitting the ball pretty much as good as I can, I made really, really poor swings at 17 and 18 with a seven-iron and eight-iron," Furyk said.
"So to play those two holes and not get one good look at it for birdie was disappointing."