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July 28 2011

3:50 PM

TOUR ironmen: 25…and counting

This week marks the 33rd event of the PGA TOUR season. It also is the 25th week Tommy Gainey, Blake Adams and Josh Teater have teed it up.

That’s some serious grinding, and, at least in Gainey’s case, it’s paid off. Gainey is 36th in the FedExCup standings and has five top-10s, which includes two third-place finishes. Just two weeks ago, he also tied for seventh at the Viking Classic. Thursday, he put himself in decent position after an even-par 70 at The Old White TPC.

Adams, meanwhile, has fared well of late, too. Both his top-10s this year have come in the last month and Thursday he opened with a 69. Adams is also 86th in the FedExCup standings.

Teater, on the other hand, has needed all the starts he can get. He’s 129th in the FedExCup standings with a month to go in the regular season. The good news: He’s coming off a tie for 13th in Canada. The bad news: He failed to break par and shot 71 Thursday.

Three players with similar journeys and different results. That’s a pretty good peek into what grinding it out on TOUR is all about.

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