Category: Tommy Gainey

May 03, 2013

Players divided on Tour's failure to punish Vijay Singh

Posted at 5:21 PM by Cameron Morfit

Vijay_ap_300Players at the Wells Fargo Championship have had mixed reactions to the PGA Tour's announcement earlier this week that it will not punish Vijay Singh for using a banned substance. Singh admitted in Sports Illustrated in January to using deer antler spray, which contains the growth factor IGF-1.

The Tour had warned players not to use deer antler spray because it contains IGF-1, which could trigger a positive test in the Tour's anti-doping program. And, according to the Tour's statement earlier this week, the Tour tried to discipline Singh, but he appealed the sanctions. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) then advised the Tour that it had removed deer antler spray from the banned list, exonerating Singh.

Well, not so fast.

According to a report by Golf Channel's Jason Sobel, Tommy Gainey is among those who wonder whether the Tour's failure to discipline Singh sets a bad precedent.

“I’ve got nothing against Vijay –- he’s done a lot; he’s a Hall of Famer – but you just don’t come out and admit that you used a banned substance, then Mr. Finchem and the Tour don’t punish him for it,” Tommy Gainey said Wednesday. "I’ve got a problem with that as a player. Because now it’s on the banned substance list, so there’s no gray area. Either he did or he didn’t. He admitted he did, but he got no punishment. I just think it’s going to open the door for a lot of bad things to happen.”

Even players who refused to come down so hard on the ruling didn't exactly sound thrilled with it.

“They decided it wasn’t banned, so it is what it is,” Gary Woodland said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s good for Vijay and we’ll move on. It’s a tough one. Some guys aren’t happy about it and some don’t care. He won his appeal and we have to move on from there.”

“If they say it’s right, if they say it’s legal, then it’s legal,” Bubba Watson added. “I stand by the PGA Tour. If I had a decision that went that way, I’d have to stand by it. The law is the law. There are laws we have to follow even though we may not like it."

Photo: Vijay Singh at the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship (AP).
October 22, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tommy Gainey credits Jim Furyk for winning advice

Posted at 10:51 AM by Mark Dee

Memo to Jim Furyk: Helping out a guy who's down may come back to bite you. Or, in this case, beat you.

That's what happened Sunday afternoon, when Tommy "Two-Gloves" Gainey won The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga., to claim his first tour title. Gainey blistered the Seaside Course en route to a final-round 60, beating David Toms by one, and the 54-hole leader, Jim Furyk, by two.

But, according to Gainey, it wouldn't have happened without a little advice he received last year from Furyk, the man he beat. Here's the story from the grateful champ, which he told after a heads-up question from Stephanie Wei at

He asked to play nine holes with me…Let me tell you, I was very happy to hear that he wanted to play nine holes with me because I mean he's won 16 times.  To win 16 times out here is unheard of, unless you're Tiger or Phil or Vijay.  So I was very happy to hear that.

…He just told me, he said, Tommy, when you were on the mini tours, you were kicking their tail and now you get out here and you struggle a little bit.  He said, 'Man, don't change your game.  Just keep going at it.' He said, 'You got the game to be out here and to win.  Just keep your head up and just keep trying, and sooner or later it's going to happen.'

And you know, who knows what would have happen if we didn't play nine holes together, or even had a talk.  So I mean I appreciate all the help I can get because, you know, I know I'm 37, considered a veteran maybe, but you know, I'm still young when it comes to out here. I'm looking forward to all the help I can get because when you got a player like Jim Furyk or anybody else of that stature that wants to help you, it's definitely in my favor to listen.

Well, we're not sure how much more help Tommy is going to get, or who is qualified to give it to him. Paging David Duval: What does a guy have to do to shoot 59?

RELATED PHOTOS: 2012 McGladrey Classic

September 17, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Women's British Open weather woes, Ryder Cup buzz and more

Posted at 5:08 PM by

LPGA Players endured extreme weather during the Women's British Open at Hoylake this weekend:

As the Ryder Cup approaches, excitement builds:

Arnold Palmer turned 83:

Both PGA and LPGA players tweeted about their favorite sports teams over the weekend, although Bradley was presumably less excited after the game:

May 04, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Trump compares same-sex marriage to long putters

Posted at 10:46 AM by Steve Beslow

On Politics and Putting

Two of the most surprising news makers of the past month have been apparent presidential candidate Donald Trump and the formerly maligned and newly popular long putter. According to The New York Times, when asked about his opinions on same-sex marriage on Monday, the Trumpster (an avid golfer) managed to make those two worlds collide with a decidedly mixed metaphor:

“It’s like in golf,” he said. “A lot of people—I don’t want this to sound trivial—but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive,” said Mr. Trump, a Republican. “It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”

A note to Mr. Trump: If you have to use the phrase "I don't want this to sound trivial," you're probably about to say something that sounds trivial.

The Great Golf Recession

It's no secret that recreational golf has been on the decline over the past few years, and if you feel like you're seeing fewer and fewer people teeing it up every weekend, according to the National Golf Foundation, you're not imagining things.

The number of golfers fell slightly in 2010 to 26.1 million, down 3.6% from the 27.1 million recorded in 2009, according to NGF’s annual golf participation study. That marks the third consecutive year of declines in both measures, not surprising, considering the severity of the economic recession that has affected consumer behavior during the period.

Similar decreases were seen in both the Core and Occasional golfer categories. Core golfers (age 6+, eight or more rounds a year) fell 3.6%, from 15.3 million to 14.8 million. Occasional golfers (age 6+, one to seven rounds a year) dropped 3.7%, from 11.8 million to 11.3 million.

Obviously it's hard to spin this as good news, but there is a bit of a silver lining:

It was encouraging news that the number of golfers gained in 2010 held steady vs. previous years while the number of lost golfers dropped significantly.

So all in all, probably about what you'd expect. Golf has held up relatively well considering the drastic downturn, but it's likely to be a long time (if ever) before it returns to the its heights.

Gainey Too Hot to Stop

On a tour where players routinely take off tournaments to stay fresh, NBC's Ryan Ballengee says Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey (who is already over the $1 million mark for the year) has an interesting explanation for why he's not taking events off anytime soon: Fear.

“I’m kind of afraid that while I’m on a hot streak, why take a week off?” he asked.

Assessing the schedule over the month of May, including The Players, the Texas Swing: Part Deux and the Memorial, Gainey has plenty of reason to play.

“That is five class golf tournaments in a row to play in, and I definitely want to be a part of all five.”

Gainey attributes his hot play of late to big improvements in his short game – making 10-footers that give him confidence and a gateway to a paycheck. He’s just happened to have several substantial ones in recent weeks.

Gainey is exactly the sort of player who can take advantage of playing every tournament (at least at this point in his career). When the big guns take a week off, it's guys like him that are standing there, holding the big checks.

Tweet of the Day

This is from Justin Rose, but I think we're going to have to count it as back-to-back tweets of the day from Brad Faxon:




April 25, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Trump says Obama shouldn’t be playing golf

Posted at 12:24 PM by Mike Walker

Presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump has been critical of President Obama’s handling of the economy, but he’s got generally positive things to say about Obama’s golf game, according to Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte.

However, Trump, who claims he would be the best presidential golfer if elected, says that Obama shouldn’t be playing golf while the United States is involved in the Libyan conflict.

“It’s a great game, but there’s a time to play and a time not to play,” Trump said. “When the U.S. is invading Libya, [the President] should not be out playing golf.”

Two Gloves Gainey is fan favorite at Hilton Head

Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey has become one of the game’s folk heros, as befits a character who could have stepped out of a Bruce Springsteen song (a few years ago he was working on an assembly line). So it’s no surprise that this Darlington, S.C., guy was the crowd favorite at Hilton Head over the weekend, and Gainey thanked the fans at the end after finishing third. The South Carolina State newspaper has the details:

Gainey ripped his hat from his head and started to slam it to the ground, but he stopped himself and rolled in his par putt.

Then he took off that cap one more time, and bowed to the crowd. He was unable to deliver the ending so many fans craved, but he could not have come so close without them.

“The fans have been unreal, unbelievable,” Gainey said. “I can say all the big words you want to hear, but it’s been awesome to be here this week, and it’s even better to play well in front of them, in front of the home folks for me.

“I just want to tip my cap to them for keeping me in it and keeping me positive. I really appreciate that.”

Tweet of the Day

IMG_1173_bigger @TheSirNickFaldo: Nothing at all against @Luke_Donald- @WestwoodLee as #1-that's the system-but I think system should give extra points for a Major win


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