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PGA Tour Sleeper: Tommy “2 Gloves” Gainey

Posted By High Fade On Feb 21 2011 @ 11:34 am In PGA | No Comments

Tommy “2 Gloves” Gainey sounds more like a notorious hit man than a professional golfer.  Like many young kids growing up, Gainey played baseball and while typically two gloves are worn when batting, Gainey also carried this practice over to playing golf as well.

Gainey is a journeyman, having played on the Egolf Tar heel, NGA Hooters, Gateway, Nationwide and PGA Tour.  Gainey also comes from a short list of “Big Break” contestants to play on the PGA Tour.  Other talented players include James Nitties from Australia and Matt Every, a University of Florida product.

Gainey comes from humble beginnings, supporting himself early in his golf career by working as an insulation installer at AO Smith; a company that specializes in hot water heaters.  Ironically, AO Smith now sponsors Gainey on tour, which shows how life can come full circle sometimes.

Looking at his game, Gainey’s golf swing looks more like a weekend hacker or at the very best a baseball slugger.  Nonetheless this homegrown swing works well for him.  On occasion, Gainey will show you what he is capable of, marked by a sensational final round 64 at the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic that pushed Davis Love III to a one stroke victory.  Gainey also captured two wins on the Nationwide Tour in 2010, shooting all rounds in the 60’s, with winning scores of -17 and -27 respectively.  Gainey then returned to the PGA Tour in 2011 and most recently was leading entering the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open but a double bogey on the 17th hole derailed his chance at his first PGA Tour victory.

For this reason, Gainey may never become a household name in golf but he does serve as a model of determination and an inspiration to others to never give up on their dreams.  Therefore look for Gainey on leaderboards this season and if he does manage to hoist a trophy over his head this year, be rest assured that trophy will be held with “2 Gloves”.

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