Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Two gloves' goes from factory floor to $720,000 cheque

Karl MacGinty

TOMMY GAINEY completed one of the most endearing rags-to-riches stories in modern golf when, for the first time, he placed those famous 'Two Gloves' on the trophy at a US Tour event.

Gainey (37), who six years ago worked for $8.50 an hour wrapping insulation around water heaters in a South Carolina factory, picked up the whopping $720,000 winner's cheque at the McGladrey Classic thanks to a stunning final-round 60.

Famous on Tour for wearing two black gloves, Gainey also plays with an unorthodox, home-grown swing which owes more to baseball than golf. Yet he proved on Sunday how effective it can be as he came from seven strokes off the overnight lead to beat Jim Furyk by one.

Gainey got his 'Big Break' on Tour by twice winning the US Golf Channel's reality TV show.

After two runner-up finishes in the $1.35m PGA Grand Slam Championship, Padraig Harrington is confident of his chances of lifting the $600,000 first prize in the four-man showdown with Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Bradley Keegan on Bermuda's Port Royal Golf Course today and tomorrow.

The Dubliner was called in as a late replacement after British Open winner Ernie Els sprained his ankle.

Irish Independent

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