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The Tour Report

October 1 2011

10:28 PM

Gainey converts surprise eagle chance

By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM Sometimes things just start going your way. The lights are all green on your commute to work, your favorite eatery has that dish you love as its daily special ... you hit a poor shot and wind up with an eagle. No word was immediate available on Tommy Gainey's commute or his meals, but he was the beneficiary of an unintentionally brilliant shot that resulted in an eagle Saturday on the par-5 16th.
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Standing 218 yards from the pin, Gainey tried to hit a conservative shot to the left of the green -- where there’s room to make a mistake. But he ended up knocking his ball just over the pin, setting up his 16-foot birdie putt. “That was a bad swing on the second shot,” Gainey said. “I was trying to hit it a little further left than that, but just slid ahead of my shot there and it hit a little right, but it worked out. When you hit bad shots and you get away with it out here and you can make eagle, that's awesome, man.” That eagle was the highlight of Gainey’s bogey-free 7-under 64 that helped him to reach 15 under and get within two shots of the leaders through 54 holes at TPC Summerlin. “I've hit it kind of bad the first two days, but I've just made everything I've looked at,” he said. “I putted really well, and today is just another day. I mean, I made a lot of putts today. I had a bogey-free round. Out here when you don't make any bogeys, you can gain a lot of spots in a hurry.” Starting Sunday in a tie for fifth, the two-time Nationwide Tour graduate has four spots standing between him and his first career PGA TOUR victory.