Gainey eyes repeat win to end PGA Tour season

Thu Nov 8, 2012 6:28pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Three weeks after clinching his maiden PGA Tour victory, Tommy Gainey put himself in position for a repeat win as he charged into contention for the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thursday.

The 37-year-old American with an unconventional swing fired a seven-under-par 65 on the Palm course, one of two layouts hosting the final PGA Tour event of the season, to end the opening round a stroke off the lead.

Gainey birdied two of his last three holes to finish level with Colombian Camilo Villegas, one shot behind South Korean Charlie Wi who also started out on the Palm layout.

Scotland's Russell Knox, in his rookie season on the PGA Tour, was a further stroke back on 66, along with Americans Brian Harman and Scott Stallings.

Gainey, who last month won the McGladrey Classic in sensational fashion after closing with a storming 10-under-par 60, was delighted with his start on a blustery day at Lake Buena Vista.

"It's playing kind of tough out there," he told reporters after recording six birdies, an eagle at the par-five 14th and a lone bogey in the opening round.

"The wind's blowing 10 to 15 (mph) steady, gusting up to 20 at different times, and when you catch that gust on the wrong side, you can make some bogeys pretty fast.

"I've got off to a great start, so I gotta focus on maybe trying to win another tournament this week. It's all about winning again for me, because my goal has not been achieved yet."

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Tommy Gainey of the U.S. in this file photo taken on February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Rick Scuteri