Gainey takes sole lead at Wyndham


Sun, Aug 21, 2011 - Page 19

Tommy Gainey wasn’t too happy with his game, but even so he managed to seize a three-shot lead on Friday after two rounds of the US PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.

Gainey fired a five-under-par 65 on Friday for a 12-under total of 128.

That gave him the second-best 36-hole score in the history of the tournament and a three-shot lead over a quartet of players — Ernie Els, Stewart Appleby, Daniel Summerhays and Webb Simpson.

Els carded a 66, Appleby a 67 and both Simpson and Summerhays posted 65s for 131.

Another four players were tied on 132 — Jim Furyk (67), Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha (66), England’s Paul Casey (67) and South African Retief Goosen (65).

Gainey started the day tied for the lead with Jeff Quinney. He had six birdies and just one bogey, but said he didn’t hit the ball as well as he did in his sparkling 63 on Thursday.

He teed off on 10 and bogeyed the 11th, but he rebounded with birdies at 13 and 15 and added four more birdies on the front nine, including back-to-back birdies at eight and nine.

“I hit it worse today than I did yesterday off the tee. I hit my irons worse than I did yesterday,” said Gainey, who is still feeling the effects of a sprained left wrist suffered at the Canadian Open. “It’s just hard to make birdies when you keep putting yourself ... in the rough.”