The man they call ‘Two Gloves’, Tommy Gainey, currently shares the top spot in Phoenix with FedEx Cup leader (that’s right, Fedex Cup leader) Mark Wilson (no wait! projected Fedex Cup leader… so many statistics).
Gainey first came to the golf world’s attention for his turn in fourth series of the Golf Channel’s more than slightly exploitative reality TV show The Big Break. With an ugly, baseball swing, a glove on each hand and a knack for Forest Gump-esque back porch philosophizing (“You think long, you think wrong”), Gainey became a recurrent feature of The Golf Channel’s reality show meanderings. He was what cigar-smoking executives would refer to as a ‘fan favorite’.
Unlike the odd, bearded guy (Quick question: what is it with American guys growing beards, but shaving under their jawline? Say what you like about Lucas Glover’s new look, but it’s a proper beard.), the single dad, or the guy in the tight trousers, Gainey turned out to be a Big Break contestant with genuine game. He earned a berth on the PGA Tour in 2008 and has secured his current playing privileges on the back of two Nationwide Tour victories in 2010.
So, can he stare down Mark Wilson, not to mention the might of Geoff Ogilvy, J.B. Holmes, et al., to secure a famous and life-changing victory? Though we’re probably not going to find out until Monday morning, as a late finish has been unofficially officially confirmed by the relevant authorities– the formal announcement is due tomorrow. Until then, everyone has to pretend that a Sunday finish is still on the cards– it looks like Gainey’s in with a chance as long as the PGATour.com live blog doesn’t do a post on his impending victory; their story on his incredible bogey-free run coincided exactly with his first bogey in twenty-four holes.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)