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November 8 2012

5:15 PM

Gainey grabs early lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The last time Tommy Gainey played, he shot a final-round 60 to win The McGladrey Classic.

Thursday, he was atop the leaderboard again. Gainey opened with a 7-under 65 in the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. He leads by two over Ken Duke and Matt Every.

Gainey had six birdies, an eagle and just one bogey on a windswept morning on the Palm Golf Course at Disney, where he also missed just four fairways and five greens. He also had just 24 putts.

One reason Gainey was able to keep it in the fairway: An adjustment to his Callaway equipment. He recently switched to the company’s Razr X irons and tweaked his driver prior to winning at Sea Island.

While Gainey can’t move inside the top 30 on the money list, which would get him into next year’s Masters, even if he does win, he could become the second player this season to win in back-to-back starts. Rory McIlroy did in two months ago, capturing the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship in consecutive weeks.

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