November 12 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Four weeks. Four different countries. Welcome to Brian Gay's world, and the PGA TOUR'S new wrap-around schedule.
"I've never done that before," says Gay, whose odyssey will conclude this week in Mexico at the OHL Mayakoba Classic.
The journey began for the 41-year-old at last month's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before continuing in China for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, to The McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Ga., and finally on to Mexico.
Here was the itinerary along the way:
-- Orlando to Miami to London to Kuala Lumpur.
-- Direct flight to Shanghai.
-- A Sunday night flight from Shanghai to Chicago to Orlando, which got him home by way of time difference ... Sunday night.
-- A day-and-a-half at home before driving three hours to Sea Island.
-- Another day-and-a-half at home before flying to Mexico.
Add it all up and that's more than 23,000 miles traveled.
"I'm still not sleeping great after two weeks in Asia, but looking forward to heading down to Mexico," Gay said. "I like that golf course, too, and I've won there."
Don't feel too bad for Gay, though.
He raved about his first trip to Shangai and managed to find some comfort food along the way, dining on spaghetti and club sandwiches while in Asia.
Said Gay: "I just figure I'm going to grind it out for four weeks and then I'll have six weeks off before Hawaii, see if I can get something going."