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Tommy Gainey wins McGladrey Classic

Gainey storms to victory in McGladrey Classic after breaking course record

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UPDATED:

08:09 GMT, 22 October 2012

Tommy Gainey carded a stunning final-day 60 to claim a one-shot victory in the McGladrey Classic and earn his first PGA Tour title.

Gainey was seemingly out of contention as he began his final round tied for 29th place on six-under-par and seven shots adrift of joint leaders Davis Love and Jim Furyk.

However, the 37-year-old American charged up the leaderboard with brilliant blemish-free round that included eight birdies and an eagle to finish the day on 10 under and 16 under for the tournament.

Incredible: Tommy Gainey stormed to victory at the McGaldrey Classic

Incredible: Tommy Gainey stormed to victory at the McGaldrey Classic

That was enough to clinch victory with David Toms (63) second on 15 under after picking up birdies on four of his final five holes while Furyk (69) was two shots back after finishing with a bogey five on 18.

Gainey's 60 was a course record but he also had a chance to card only the sixth round of 59 in PGA Tour history when he was left with a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole.

However, his putt finished just short as he finished with a 60, the sixth player to do so on the tour since 2007.

Get in! Gainey was delighted when he holed a birdie putt on the 16th

Get in! Gainey was delighted when he holed a birdie putt on the 16th

Not your day: Jim Furyk went into the final round holding a joint lead with defeated USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III

Not your day: Jim Furyk went into the final round holding a joint lead with defeated USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III

The South Carolinan carded birdies on the first, third, fifth and ninth to reach the turn in 31 and get himself into contention, but it was on the back nine where he did most of the damage.

A birdie on 11 was followed by two more on 13 and 14 before he holed from a greenside bunker for eagle on the par-five 15th.

Gainey sank another birdie on the 16th before finishing with back-to-back pars as he just missed out on an historic 59.

Watching and waiting: Crowds gathered round Gainey as he chipped from the fairway on the 18th

Watching and waiting: Crowds gathered round Gainey as he chipped from the fairway on the 18th

McGladrey Classic 2012: Davis Love III and Jim Furyk share lead

Beaten Ryder Cup captain Love shares lead with Furyk at McGladrey Classic

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UPDATED:

23:17 GMT, 20 October 2012

Ryder Cup captain Davis Love and one of his beaten players from Medinah share the lead going into the final round of The McGladrey Classic.

Love and Jim Furyk both carded third rounds of 66 at Sea Island to finish the day 13 under par, two shots ahead of fellow American DJ Trahan and halfway leader Arjun Atwal of India.

Furyk returned a flawless scorecard with four birdies in his first 10 holes, while tournament host Love had two bogeys and six birdies, including one on the 18th.

Sharing: Davis Love III (right) and Jim Furyk (left) are joint leaders going into the final round

Sharing: Davis Love III (right) and Jim Furyk (left) are joint leaders going into the final round

Both men are looking to banish memories of the Ryder Cup, where Jose Maria Olazabal's European side came from 10-6 down on the final day to claim a remarkable victory.

But for Furyk in particular tomorrow represents a chance to make partial amends for a nightmare season with a first win since 2010.

The 42-year-old lost in a four-man play-off at the Transitions Championship, failed to win the US Open after leading with three holes to play, double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to lose the Bridgestone Invitational and bogeyed the final two holes to lose his singles match to Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup.

Packed out: The crowds turned out to watch the defeated USA Ryder Cup stars back in action

Packed out: The crowds turned out to watch the defeated USA Ryder Cup stars back in action

'He was real close to an All-Star, hero year,' Love said of Furyk. 'And that showed today. He came out firing and looked like he was going to birdie every hole.'

Furyk added on www.pgatour.com: 'You get your tail kicked in this game a lot and I think it makes the good times and the wins that much sweeter.

'I'm not one of those people that after those events, I never sat back and didn't work. It made me work harder.'

Coming into the event with low expectations has worked in Furyk's favour and he added: 'If I now said, 'OK, I'm tied for the lead and there's only one round to go' and I try to flip my mindset, I'm going to get tight and it's going to be harder to score.

'I had played a lot of golf, I was tired, so I was trying to get away and felt that was the best thing I could do at the time, so I came in here just not really expecting that much.

'I know I'm playing well, I know my game's in good shape, so let's see what happens. And I'm going to do the same thing tomorrow.'

Missed out: Furyk squandered his chance to move ahead of Love by missing a birdie putt on the 18th

In form: The Ryder Cup captain performed well on the penultimate day

In form: The USA Ryder Cup captain (right) and Furyk (left) performed well on the penultimate day

Ryder Cup 2012: Player ratings

How the players from both teams rated at the 39th Ryder Cup

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UPDATED:

01:06 GMT, 1 October 2012

After a rollercoaster weekend which saw Europe come from behind to dramatically snatch victory from the United States to retain the Ryder Cup, Sportsmail looks at the individual performances of all 24 players.

Debut: Bradley impressed for the US

Debut: Bradley impressed for the US

USA

K BRADLEY (p4, w3, L1) 8/10
Almost out-Poultered Poulter at times with his electrifying intensity. Great debut.

J DUFNER (p 3, w2, l1) 7/10
Really solid, unflashy debut from really solid, unflashy player.

J FURYK (p3, w1, l2) 4/10
Terrible choke in the nerve-tingling singles that will haunt him for ever.

D JOHNSON (p3, w3) 8/10
The fourballs specialist did everything asked of him by his captain.

Z JOHNSON (p4, w3, l1) 8/10
Not for the first time, the American bulldog punched well above his weight.

M KUCHAR (p3, w2, L1) 7/10
Puzzling why he did not play in foursomes but certainly delivered in fourballs.

P MICKELSON (p4, w3, L1) 8/10
Finally, the real Phil turned up at a Ryder Cup. Take a bow, Keegan.

W SIMPSON (p 4, w2, l2) 8/10
This year’s US Open winner played like a major champion. Putted like a Ryder Cup natural.

B SNEDEKER (p3, w1, l2) 6/10
The FedEx Cup winner showed that he can play for pride as well as for $11.44million.

S STRICKER (p4, l4) 3/10
Torrid time all the way and his late defeat by Kaymer sealed America’s fate.

B WATSON (p4, w2, L2) 8/10
Created an unforgettable memory at this Ryder Cup with his first-tee theatrics.

T WOODS (p4, H1, l3) 3/10
Oh dear. Is the real Tiger somewhere in Florida, having a laugh

Shocker: Woods (left) was not at the races

Shocker: Woods (left) was not at the races

Masterclass: Donald (right) breezed to victory in his singles match

Masterclass: Donald (right) breezed to victory in his singles match

EUROPE

N COLSAERTS (p4, w1, l3) 6/10
Left an indelible mark with his sensational Friday fourballs performance.

L DONALD (p4, w2, l2) 7/10
Must have felt a lot better about his hometown Ryder Cup after his singles win.

S GARCIA (p4, w2, l2) 7/10
Looked the effervescent performer of old with a vital singles win.

P HANSON (p2, L2) 3/10
Sadly, the Swede was one of the few players who struggled throughout the weekend.

M KAYMER (p2, W1, L1) 6/10
Singles performance should give him encouragement going forward.

P LAWRIE (p3, W1, l2) 6/10
Brilliant singles performance. Played better all week than scores suggested.

G McDOWELL (p4, w1, l3) 5/10
A pale shadow of the vibrant, match-clinching figure at Celtic Manor two years ago.

R McILROY (p5, w3, l2) 8/10
Came through at the end like a true world No 1.

F MOLINARI (p3, H1, l2) 5/10 Gutsy display in the final singles match when the pressure was on against Tiger Woods.

I POULTER (p4, w4) 10/10
There can now be no question he is a Ryder Cup legend.

Top notch: Poulter (right) was outstanding

Top notch: Poulter (right) was outstanding

J ROSE (p5, w3, l2) 8/10
Fabulous singles display put the gloss on an excellent week’s work.

L WESTWOOD (p4, w2, l2) 6/10
A gutsy performance in the singles after being relatively anonymous for two days.

Ryder Cup 2012: Hard to miss Michael Jordan

The tee room: Hard to miss Jordan

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22:35 GMT, 28 September 2012

Michael Jordan has been an integral part of the USA team here and was out and about inside the ropes on Friday.

A superstar like him standing 6ft 6in is fairly recognisable anywhere, but Jordan was particularly conspicuous at Medinah for the simple reason that the golf crowd is almost 100 per cent white.

Star appeal: Michael Jordan

Star appeal: Michael Jordan

USA gunning for Garcia

Who is the player the Americans most
want to beat in the European team You
might think it was Ian Poulter, with his
cocksure attitude and declarations that
he wants to 'kill' the opposition. But
according to a well-placed source the
man they most want to put one over is
actually the equally combative Sergio
Garcia.

Pack your thermals

The Chicago weather looks set fair for the weekend, but what of Gleneagles being played the same weekend in 2014 The courses there were closed on Thursday due to torrential rain and, although temperatures are due to peak at 14C there this weekend, they can plunge to near freezing during the night at this time of year.

Fair play to Furyk

Jim Furyk refused relief to his opposition around the second green, but quickly showed the best of golfing manners on the 10th when, just off the green, the swish from his practice swing just fractionally moved his ball. Furyk immediately called a penalty on himself and in effect that conceded the hole.

Bubba likes it loud

No golfers like anything but hush on the tee – unless you are Bubba Watson, the man whose bottom lip quivers at the sight of the Stars and Stripes. He teed off to the sound of the crowd clapping and cheering, orchestrated by caddie Ted Scott waving his arms like a triple jumper at the end of the runway. The drive was unspectacular, down the right into the light rough.

Furyk claims early two-shot lead at WGC-Bridgestone

Furyk claims early two-shot lead at WGC-Bridgestone

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00:16 GMT, 3 August 2012

Jim Furyk held a two-shot lead over England's Lee Slattery after shooting an impressive opening-round 63 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Furyk, the 2003 US Open winner, carded an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys to sit atop the first day's leaderboard at seven under par.

The American's nearest challenger was Slattery, who signed for a 65 following a remarkable run around the turn.

In the swing: Jim Furyk chips onto the ninth green

In the swing: Jim Furyk chips onto the ninth green

Like Furyk, Slattery started on the back nine and, after beginning with six consecutive pars, he then recorded six birdies and a bogey in seven successive holes to fly up the leaderboard before finishing his round with five more pars at the Firestone CC (South Course) in Ohio.

Slattery's fellow Englishmen Luke Donald and Simon Dyson were part of six-man group on four under par, along with Americans Bubba Watson and Ben Crane, Spaniard Rafael Cabrera Bello and John Senden of Australia.

World No 1 Donald made a blistering start with birdies on his first three holes before dropping shots at the 13th – his fourth – and 18th to slip back to one under.

Brit of all right: Luke Donald in action on Thursday in Ohio

Brit of all right: Luke Donald in action on Thursday in Ohio

He got back on track with four more birdies on the front nine before disappointingly dropping a shot on his penultimate hole.

Further down the field, Lee Westwood was on two under after a 68 while Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, No 2 and No 3 in the world respectively, were on level par after shooting 70s.

Woods, a seven-time champion at Firestone, had looked set for a much better start to the tournament after reaching three under after 11 but bogeys at the 13th, 16th and 18th saw him slip back.

Open champion Ernie Els, meanwhile, was three over after posting a 73.

US Open 2012: Webb Simpson triumphs at the Olympic Club

D'oh! McDowell and Westwood blow it as homer Simpson claims US Open glory

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03:03 GMT, 18 June 2012

Twenty five years ago it was Scott Simpson who won the United States Open at Olympic. This time it’s Webb Simpson.

After a crazy weekend on the funkiest venue in major championship golf, filled with ‘D'oh!’ moments, it seemed only appropriate that we ended up congratulating another member of the Simpsons.

Credit the young American, who just lost out to Luke Donald in the race for the US Tour money list last year, he showed his class at the weekend with two wonderful closing rounds of 68.

Champion: Webb Simpson holds up the trophy after his triumph in the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club

Champion: Webb Simpson holds up the trophy after his triumph in the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club

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But it was hard not to feel for Jim Furyk, the pacemaker for almost the entire last 36 holes before he was worn down in the end. Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Payne Stewart and now Furyk and his fellow co-third round leader McDowell. This is the glittering cast list of players who were out in front with a round to play of a US Open at Olympic, only to fall short in the final analysis and see an unheralded player lift the trophy.

McDowell lost his swing in the middle of the round, missing eight consecutive fairways at one point but he fell back on that admirable mental fortitude that has served him so well in recent years. When a long birdie putt at the 17th found the bottom of the hole he found himself alongside Furyk, with both men needing a birdie at the last to tie Simpson.

Not his day: Graeme McDowell battled hard but came up short in his bid for a second major championship

Not his day: Graeme McDowell battled hard but came up short in his bid for a second major championship

Furyk was the first to fall. He missed the green with a gap wedge and left himself an impossible bunker shot. So to G-Mac, whose wedge approach left him with a 25ft birdie putt to force an 18 hole play-off on Monday.

This green, with a steep bank filled with fans, was not unlike the 16th hole at Celtic Manor a couple of years back. Alas, unlike that unforgettable final day at the Ryder Cup, McDowell could not find a putt to match, the ball slipping past the left edge.

Simpson, watching in the locker room alongside his wife, couldn’t hide his joy, his face breaking into the broadest of smiles before sealing his triumph with a kiss. He becomes the first winner of the Jack Nicklaus Gold Medal.

‘It feels incredible to win my national Open,’ said the devout Simpson. ‘I just had an inner peace all day and prayed hard on those final three holes.’

Where's it gone Lee Westwood (centre) looks up for his ball believed to be in a tree on the fifth hole

Where's it gone Lee Westwood (centre) looks up for his ball believed to be in a tree on the fifth hole

Sight for sore eyes: Westwood attempts to locate his golf ball in a tree using binoculars

Sight for sore eyes: Westwood attempts to locate his golf ball in a tree using binoculars

Long drive back: Westwood is carted back to the fifth tee as his challenge falters after the bad break

Long drive back: Westwood is carted back to the fifth tee as his challenge falters after the bad break

So many other players had their chance on a course that proved the great leveller. There was another unsung American Michael Thompson, the first day leader who shot 67 to fall a shot short. There was Ernie Els, who came to the last four holes featuring two par fives needing a birdie to tie Simpson but finished instead with a couple of bogeys.

There was Padraig Harrington, making a welcome return to the white heat of major championship Sunday. How well he played to reach the 18th three under for his round and needing a birdie, he felt to have a chance. How right he was to prove. The bad news, alas, is he bogeyed it to fall two short.

Then there was Lee Westwood, seemingly destined to always be the nearly man at the majors. Perhaps it is just as well he has vowed to keep a relaxed attitude when it comes to the slings and arrows of major championship golf. Otherwise, after what happened at the Olympic club, he might have been tempted to fling himself off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Consider the circumstances. Three behind at the start of play, the Englishman, still seeking his first major championship, had made a good start at level par for his round after four holes.

Bitter taste: Jim Furyk bites his club after seeing his challenge falter on the final day

Bitter taste: Jim Furyk bites his club after seeing his challenge falter on the final day

At the 5th, his drive was perhaps a fraction off to the right. What happened next Well, there was one lone cypress tree that could affect the flight of his ball. Westwood’s tee shot duly caught the branches. Did it throw it back on to the fairway Just the grotesque opposite. The ball was never seen again. Eventually a ball was spotted high up the tree but even with a pair of binoculars Westwood could not identify it.

This desperate break meant he had to declare the ball lost and be driven back to the tee. The resultant double bogey took him five off the lead.

Ironically, this was the same hole where in 1998 Lee Janzen’s tee shot finished up a cypress tree, before falling to earth just before the five minute deadline. He went on to win. It couldn’t happen to Westwood, could it

Janzen’s tree was taken out after the championship. Perhaps they will do the same to Westwood’s, before he does it for them.

There was one wonderfully defiant iron shot at the par five 17th, which almost went into the hole for an albatross before settling three inches away for a tap-in eagle. Wouldn’t you know it, now he needed to make a birdie at the 18th to miss out on the winning score by the sum of that lost ball. In going for it, he ran up a bogey five.

Nearly there: Simpson fist bumps with his caddie Paul Tesori after chipping onto the 18th green

Nearly there: Simpson fist bumps with his caddie Paul Tesori after chipping onto the 18th green

That's the way to do it: Simpson had six consecutive one putts in the middle of his round

That's the way to do it: Simpson had six consecutive one putts in the middle of his round

The action was played out against the dramatic backdrop of mist rolling in from nearby San Francisco Bay. If truth be told, some of the play was so scrappy it deserved to be hidden from view. It looked as if many players had had their fill of this brutal test. Like Tiger Woods, the halfway leader, but a peripheral figure long before the close following a bitterly disappointing weekend.

Woods’s long game remained in reasonable shape over the final two days but his touch around the greens deserted him completely. There were two stubbed chips and what felt like a million putts.

On nine previous occasions when he was leading at the halfway stage in a major he went on to win eight of them. Here, he did not even finish in the top 20. Afterwards he sounded like a man in denial.

‘There were plenty of positives for me to take out of this event,’ he said, repeating the words, presumably in case he thought people had misheard.

Still, even without Tiger and Phil, that’s three majors in a row for players from the US. The great American golf revival continues.

Luke Donald regains world No 1 spot

Sorry Rory, I'm back! Donald ends McIlroy's short reign as world No 1 after win in Florida

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23:37 GMT, 18 March 2012

England's Luke Donald regained the world No 1 spot he had lost to Rory McIlroy by winning the Transitions Championships in Florida.

Donald won the tournament after emerging victorious from a four-way play-off against Jim Furyk, Robert Garrigus and Sang-Moon Bae after the quartet had all finished on 13 under par.

McIlroy tweeted his congratulations within minutes of Donald's victory, posting: 'Well I enjoyed it while it lasted! Congrats @LukeDonald! Impressive performance!'

No 1: Luke Donald celebrates his winning putt

No 1: Luke Donald celebrates his winning putt

How golf's world No 1 spot has changed in the last 17 months

October 24 2010 – 1 Woods 8.31, 2 Westwood 8.25, 3 Kaymer 8.03

October 31 2010 – 1 Westwood 8.29, 2 Woods 8.13, 3 Kaymer 7.98

February 27 2011 – 1 Kaymer 8.35, 2 Westwood 8.16, 3 Donald 6.63

April 24 2011 – 1 Westwood 7.65, 2 Kaymer 7.52, 3 Donald 7.38

May 29 2011 – 1 Donald 9.14, 2 Westwood 8.74, 3 Kaymer 7.40

March 4 2012 – 1 McIlroy 9.30, 2 Donald 8.97, 3 Westwood 8.19

March 18 2012 – 1 Donald 10.03, 2 McIlroy 9.85, 3 Westwood 8.16

A run of five birdies in the first 11 holes on Sunday moved Donald into contention, before he consolidated with seven successive pars to make sure of a 16th top-10 finish in his last 22 events.
He hit an excellent approach shot on the first hole of the play-off with a seven iron from the rough – and holed the putt to make sure of the victory.

Robert Garrigus had also given himself a birdie opening – but the American's chance had gone when the putt went past the hole.
Donald's victory made it three European victories in a row in America after McIlroy triumphed at the Honda Classic and Justin Rose did likewise at the Cadillac Championship.

Give us a kiss: Donald puckers up with the trophy

Give us a kiss: Donald puckers up with the trophy

Donald admitted the win was a morale booster ahead of the Masters.
He said: 'I feel like I've achieved a lot in my career but this is perfect preparation. I've got two weeks off now and can look forward to Augusta.

'I certainly was a lot more nervous about getting to number one the first time. This time it wasn't my focus – I was focused on winning the tournament and it all worked out.'

Garrigus had given himself a chance of victory with birdies on the last two holes giving him a 13-under round of 64.

Bae, seeking to become only the third South Korean to win a PGA tour event, held the lead yesterday but a final-round 68 was enough to earn him a place in the play-off, while joint overnight leader Furyk managed a 69.

Fellow overnight leader Retief Goosen slipped out of contention, finishing on seven under after a final round 75.

Promising signs: Donald heads to Augusta on fine form

Promising signs: Donald heads to Augusta on fine form

Goosen, twice a winner of the event, made a poor start to his final round, with a double bogey on the first. He dropped another shot at the next hole and failed to recover.

Ernie Els appeared to be in a good position when he held a narrow advantage with two holes to play but a pair of bogeys on the final two holes ended his hopes of victory and saw him finish a shot off the pace alongside Scott Piercy, Jeff Overton and Ken Duke.

Piercy hit the round of the day, a nine-under-par 62 to claim a share of the lead. The 33-year-old birdied seven birdies in his first nine holes today and added two more at the 14th and 16th.

In contrast, Charlie Wi endured another testing day as the South Korean made an octuple-bogey for the second successive week on the PGA Tour, carding a 13 on the par-five fifth hole.

Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk top Transistions Championship leaderboard

Good return for Goosen at in Florida as he joins Furyk at top

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22:52 GMT, 17 March 2012

South Africa's Retief Goosen overcame the pain of a long-term back injury to claim a share of the lead after the third round of the Transitions Championship in Florida.

Goosen, twice a winner of the event, carded a six-under-par 65 at Innisbrook Resort to join Jim Furyk (66) at the top of the leaderboard on 11 under par.

Halfway leader Jason Dufner is a shot behind on 10 under alongside Korea's Sang-Moon Bae, with Ernie Els and Luke Donald three off the lead on eight under.

Joint: Retief Goosen took a share of the lead

Joint: Retief Goosen took a share of the lead

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Goosen needed just 25 putts to card seven birdies and one bogey as he looks to climb from 52nd in the world rankings to inside the top 50 to qualify for next month's US Masters.

But the former US Open champion revealed he is not a certainty to play at Augusta anyway after scheduling treatment for his back problem next week.

'It's been a struggle for the last year with my back and I'm going to get some injections done on Wednesday like Vijay (Singh) did and see if that helps,' Goosen said.

'I'm struggling around the course. Every shot is a pain in the back but I'm keeping it together.'

Leading: Jim Furyk is also at the top

Leading: Jim Furyk is also at the top

Speaking to PGA Tour Radio, Goosen
added: 'It's nice to be back here, it's always great coming back to a
course you've done well on before and today was a great round for me. My
putter was hot and that's what counts.

'This
golf course is one of the best we play on tour and you have to hit the
shots, if you don't you're going to struggle, you're not going to get
away with hitting it wild. The greens are tricky too.'

Goosen and Els (68) were paired together and the former added: 'Ernie got off to a great start, I just managed to make a couple more birdies than him coming in.

'It was nice out there talking a little Afrikaans again.'

Smash: Ken Duke blasts from the sand

Smash: Ken Duke blasts from the sand

Donald needs to win to reclaim the world number one spot from Ryder Cup team-mate Rory McIlroy and made the ideal start when he holed out from a greenside bunker for an eagle on the par-five opening hole.

However, that was followed by four bogeys and three birdies in an erratic round of 70 to leave the Englishman on eight under overall.

Asked about regaining his status as world number one, Donald said: 'I'm not really focused on it, the aim is to win the tournament and everything else takes care of itself.

'I didn't have it today, but I'm still only three back.'

Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who led by three shots after a superb opening 61 – the lowest round of his career – added a 72 to his second-round 73 to lie seven under, four off the lead.