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60 sparks big rally, first victory

Tommy Gainey waves to the crowd from No. 18 after completing a comeback from seven strokes down to win the McGladrey Classic, his first victory on the PGA Tour.

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Tommy Gainey waves to the crowd from No. 18 after completing a comeback from seven strokes down to win the McGladrey Classic, his first victory on the PGA Tour.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Tommy Gainey narrowly missed golf's magic number. He happily settled for a course-record 60 at Sea Island on Sunday and his first PGA Tour win in the McGladrey Classic.

Gainey became the fourth PGA player this year to rally from at least seven shots behind in the final round to win. He made seven straight 3s on his way to 29 on the back nine, finished at 16-under 264, then had to wait more than two hours to see if Jim Furyk or anyone else could catch him.

No one came particularly close in tour's fall series event.

Tournament host and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love drove into the water on the 16th and made double bogey. Furyk made a 12-foot par save on the 17th hole to stay one shot behind, but he pushed his approach well right on the 18th and made his first bogey in 56 holes.

"It's been a hard year for me and finally, we got it right," said Gainey of Darlington, S.C.

Gainey, 37, wound up with a one-shot victory over David Toms, who closed with 63. Furyk shot 69 to finish alone in third, a sour end to a season filled with bitter memories.

This one won't sting as much as his bogey on No. 16 at Olympic Club that cost him a shot at the U.S. Open, or the double bogey on the final hole at Firestone to lose the Bridgestone Invitational, or losing a 1-up lead against Sergio Garcia with two holes to play in the Ryder Cup.

This time, someone went out and beat him, and Furyk simply couldn't catch up.

"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 7-iron and 8-iron," Furyk said. "So to play those two holes and not get one good look at it for birdie was disappointing."

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen won the HanaBank Championship in Incheon, South Korea, for her ninth tour title, beating Catriona Matthew with a 5-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole after blowing a big lead. Seven strokes ahead of Matthew to start the round, Pettersen shot 2-over 74 to finish at 11-under 205. Matthew shot 67. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (67) finished tied for seventh at 7-under 209. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (76) finished at 9-over 225.

OBITUARY: Scott Steele, a popular PGA Tour caddie who worked for Larry Mize when he won the 1987 Masters, died Friday night in Hickory, N.C., from a heart attack suffered Oct. 14. He was 55.

60 sparks big rally, first victory 10/21/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 8:11pm]
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