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October 22 2012

12:02 AM

Observations from the final round

By Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent

Tommy Gainey had eight birdies and an eagle in shooting 60 on Sunday, but his tournament was more than just one well-played round . Gainey ranked second for the week in putts per round, second in putts per green and third in strokes-gained putting. That is dramatically different than his season statistics, as he began the week 86th on TOUR in SGP.

Fore left: It happened again. Like at the U.S. Open, like at Bridgestone, like at the Ryder Cup, Jim Furyk hit a hook at a bad time. On the tee at the 17th hole, Furyk hit a hook left of the green. He did manage a par after missing the green, but that hook under pressure is something that will cause Furyk anxiety during the offseason as he contemplates what could have been this year.

Charge:  Everything worked in Gainey's favor on Sunday. It seemed just as he finished the wind picked up 10 mph, making the course -- and in particular the back nine -- play much more difficult. Hole locations for the final round did not lend themselves to a charge, as birdies were difficult to attain. The grain in greens made putts difficult to read. All of those factors made Gainey difficult to catch and made his final-round 60 even more remarkable.

Waiting game: It’s not unusual for a player to post a good number and wait for the leaders to finish, but Gainey had more than two and a half hours to wait after posting his 60. He spent the time watching golf on television and responding to congratulatory phone messages.

School colors: It was an interesting pairing with Harris English and Billy Horschel. English, who went to Georgia, wore blue and orange. Horschel, who went to Florida, wore black and red. Adding to the serendipity, Georgia plays Florida this Saturday.

Bubble boy: With one tournament to play, Billy Mayfair sits squarely on the bubble at No. 125 on the money list headed to Disney and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Mayfair is very familiar with the pressure, in the last three years he has finished 109th, 142nd and 157th in earnings.

Delayed reaction: Gainey’s holeout for eagle at No. 15 might have been the shot of the tournament but it received the most unusual reaction from the gallery. The hole was cut between two mounds and the cup could not be seen from outside the gallery ropes. Gainey saw the ball drop for his eagle and began fist pumps, but it wasn’t until hearing Bob Stevens’ call on PGA TOUR Radio that the gallery joined in the celebration some five seconds as the ball dropped.

Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.  For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here .

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