• McGladrey Classic, Round Four

Glorious Gainey lands maiden title in Georgia

ESPN staff
October 21, 2012
Tommy Gainey was in red-hot form with the putter © Getty Images

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Tommy Gainey fired a stunning final round 60 to secure his maiden PGA Tour title at the McGladrey Classic in Georgia.

Gainey, who started the final round seven shots off the pace set by veterans Jim Furyk and Davis Love III, narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th to fall agonisingly short of an historic 59.

Nevertheless, his final round - a course record - saw him take the clubhouse lead on 16-under, and after a nervous wait he was crowned champion after Furyk failed to birdie the last which would have been enough to force a play-off.

"I was just trying to make birdies, trying to make enough," Gainey said. "Winning the golf tournament was way out of my head."

The highlight of Gainey's round came at the 15th when he chipped in from a bunker to make an eagle, but it was hit putting that set him apart, needing just 24 putts as he completed the second-biggest comeback of the season.

Furyk, who had a share of the lead heading into Sunday, moved within one shot of Gainey with a birdie at the 15th, but needing to pick up another shot at the 18th, three-putted the last to finish third behind David Toms, who carded a 63 to finish on 15-under.

Love, meanwhile, saw his hopes of a first PGA Tour title since 2008 fade after a double bogey at the 16th as he signed for a 71 to finish on 12-under level with Brendon de Jonge and DJ Trahan.

Englishman Greg Owen hit five birdies on the back nine to make a late charge up the leaderboard as he shared a tie for seventh after his final round 65.

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