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October 21 2012

6:47 PM

Gainey misses 59 but still leads

The bad news? Tommy Gainey left a 20-footer for birdie at the 18th hole about an inch short in his bid for an historic 59.

The good news? Gainey still has a golden opportunity to make The McGladrey Classic his first PGA TOUR victory after shooting a 60 in the final round.

Gainey, who started the final round seven shots off the pace set by Jim Furyk and Davis Love III, is now the solo leader at 16 under. He’s two strokes ahead of Furyk and three ahead of Love as the overnight co-leaders play the ninth hole.

“Actually, I was just trying to make birdies, trying to make enough,” Gainey said, noting he thought he would need to get to 18 or 19 under to have a chance for his breakthrough victory. “Winning the golf tournament was way out of my head.”

When he finished, though, Gainey certainly was entertaining the notion.

“It would have been nice to shoot 59 but right now I’d love a W.”

Gainey chipped in for eagle at the 15th hole and made eight birdies. He shot 31 on the front nine and 29 on the back as he reeled off seven straight 3s after a par on the 10th hole.

The 60 is the lowest round on the PGA TOUR this year. There have been nine 61s.

Had Gainey shot 59 it would have been the sixth in TOUR history.

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