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Brian Gay

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 12/14/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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Past champ and tournament-record-holder Brian Gay returns for his 16th appearance in the RBC Heritage.
Gay missed the entire 2014-15 season with a back injury, ending a streak of 15 consecutive visits to Harbour Town. In is 10th appearance, he won the 2009 edition by 10 shots at 20-under 264 (67-66-67-64), both tournament records, but hasn't cracked the top 30 in five tries since. The 44-year-old has made five starts this season on a Major Medical Extension netting him just $29,390. He has 22 starts remaining to earn $713,080 (or 438.50 FedExCup points) and retain status. Gay's last action was a missed cut five weeks ago at the Valspar at 14-over 156 (77-79) which chased a season-best T58 at the AT&T Pebble Beach. In-between, he was a pre-tourney WD at the Northern Trust and The Honda Classic. Apr 13 - 9:24 AM

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Brian Gay has withdrawn from the field at this week's Honda Classic. He will be replaced by Tyler Adridge. UPDATE: Gay returned to action March 10th at the Valspar Championship and after rounds of 77-79 (14-over 156) will miss the 36-hole cut.

This is the second straight week that we've seen Gay back out just days before the event. There is no official reason cited at this point. The fact that he remains committed to the fields before withdrawing his name leads us to believe it's an injury he that he's treating cautiously. Considering he's returning from a pair of surgeries for his neck and thumb, that is the most likely of causes. Gay is playing on a Major Medical Extension and should be avoided for the short-term until he proves a clean bill of health.
Feb 23 - 2:25 PM

Brian Gay has removed himself from the field at this week's Northern Trust Open. Dawie van der Walt will slide in and replace him at Riviera Country Club.

No reason has been cited at this point. We will keep you updated if that changes. Gay was not high on the radar for most gamers, so this should have little impact. If you decided to take a chance on him in deeper formats, now would be the time to quickly swap him out.
Feb 18 - 9:30 AM

Brian Gay authored a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in round two of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 36-hole aggregate of 3-under 139.

The last time Gay cashed a TOUR paycheck was for T71 at the Travelers Championship in June of 2014. Granted, that was only six events ago, having not played at all in the 2014-15 season and missing his first two cuts in 2016. Still, the 44-year-old -- who has 25 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension -- has to be relieved, after opening his 14th WM Phoenix Open in 70-69. Play is still in progress, but he's up 28 spots on the day to T19. Thru 36 holes, Gay has hit 16 (of 28) fairways (57.14 percent), and just 47.22 percent of his greens (17/36), but he's currently ninth in the field in strokes gained: putting with a cumulative 4.301.
Feb 5 - 5:51 PM

Brian Gay is back on the radar as he returns to the Sony Open in Hawaii after a long layoff due to injury.

Gay was last seen at the 2014 Wyndham Championship which means the clock starts ticking for him to earn 458 FedExCup points or $724,470 to fulfill his Major Medical, with 27 starts to do so. The PGA TOUR veteran is picking a great place to return as he sports a 13-for-15 record with a trio of top 10s at Waialae CC.
Jan 13 - 8:40 PM

Brian Gay has reportedly committed to the CareerBuilder Challenge on Jan. 21-24.

Last known at the Humana Challenge, the 156-man event in La Quinta, California, is the first on U.S. mainland in 2016. Two months ago, we relayed that Gay told Golfweek that he was planning to return to competition on the West Coast Swing, so this week's news from The Desert Sun aligns with that. The recently turned 44-year-old (Dec. 14) didn't play at all during 2014-15, so he's equipped with a full slate of starts on a Major Medical Extension this season. Officially, he has 27 starts to total $742,470 or 458 FedExCup points and retain status. The most recent of his four PGA TOUR victories occurred at the CareerBuilder in 2013.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 12:21:00 AM

Brian Gay is hopeful to return to competition shortly after the new year.

More specifically, the four-time PGA TOUR winner would like to get back on the West Coast Swing. When he does, he'll have 27 starts on a Major Medical Extension to find $742,470 or 458 FedExCup points and retain status. He sat out all of 2014-15 after having two surgeries. "I had shooting pains down my arm, and my thumb went numb," he told Golfweek for a story on Oct. 15. "The disk hit the nerve root, and everything got diverted to the neck. So I needed to get that fixed. I got an artificial-disk replacement, C5-6 (in late October a year ago). My hand guy was like, ‘Hey, you have to fix the neck first, and we’ll worry about the thumb after that.’" Gay underwent his second surgery in May. He's an easy pickup in all deep salary games.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 09:42:00 PM

Brian Gay underwent surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday, May 19, and remains out indefinitely.

Gay wife's, Kimberly, shared a post-op photo on Twitter, which you can see at the link below. Three days later, she tweeted that it's his second thumb surgery in eight months. It was in early October that Brian's caddie, Kip Henley, conveyed on Twitter that his boss was out with a thumb injury. Until Kimberley alerted her followers about the second surgery, we didn't know that Brian even had one. He hasn't played this season and figures not to return for months. So, expect him to open 2015-16 with a Major Medical Extension in the vicinity of 26 starts. The four-time PGA TOUR winner is 43 years of age.
Sat, May 30, 2015 01:26:00 AM

In a brief Q&A for, Larry Bohannan reported that Brian Gay will not be competing in next week's Humana Challenge due to a lingering neck injury.

Gay has battled a neck issue for years, but Gay's caddie, Kip Henley, revealed in October that his boss was suffering from a thumb injury. While we're left to wonder if it's one or the other or both, either is integral in swinging a golf club. As a result, Gay's time away will continue. He won the Humana in 2013.
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 10:25:00 PM

Brian Gay has yet to begin his 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign due to a thumb injury.

Gay competed in 26 events last season, including the final regular season event at the Wyndham Championship, failing to crack the top 70 in his last six starts. It was becoming clear that something was amiss when he decided to take a seat on the sidelines. His current return is unknown at this point. He is fully exempt this season thanks to his win at the 2013 Humana Challenge. At this rate, he is trending towards a Major Medical Extension for 2015-16 if he fails to retain his status.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:33:00 PM

Brian Gay's caddie, Kip Henley, alerted his followers on Twitter that his boss is sidelined with a thumb injury.

Henley is a character, so the content of his tweet will not surprise those familiar with him. He wrote, "Anyone needing a scrub caddy call me! Brian Gays [sic] thumb is still sore. Who needs a caddy or an expensive yard mower guy." Henley has alluded to Gay being injured, but hadn't specified anything until now. Of course, Gay dealt with a sore thumb over the summer, so that it's still a problem is a concern. He's fully exempt through 2014-15 by virtue of his victory at the 2013 Humana Challenge.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 08:52:00 PM

At 2-over-par 74-68=142, Brian Gay missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship by four strokes.

Gay converted eight birdies at Sedgefield this week, but he also squared 10 bogeys to extend his drought without a payday to four consecutive starts. Prior to it, he sat 112th in the FedExCup standings (following a T71 at the Travelers Championship), but will finish outside the top 125 for the first time in the eight-year history of the Playoffs. Gay is fully exempt for 2014-15 via his win at the 2013 Humana Challenge, so expect him to enjoy a break before the season begins at the Open in October. Other notables that missed the cut today include: 139--Hideki Matsuyama; Brian Harman; Robert Karlsson ... 140--Will MacKenzie ... 141--two-time champ Davis Love III (1992, 2006); Scott Stallings ... 142--2010 champ Arjun Atwal; Rafael Cabrera-Bello ... 143--Chesson Hadley; Matteo Manassero ... 144--two-time champ Rocco Mediate (1993, 2002); Charles Howell III ... 147--Stephen Gallacher.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 07:45:00 PM

Brian Gay settled for a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in his opening round of the RBC Canadian Open.

Back inside the ropes since suffering a thumb injury that forced him to withdraw after one round at Greenbrier three weeks ago, Gay managed to find only half of the (14) fairways and greens in regulation at Royal Montreal today. He curled in just one birdie, that from 11'4" at the par-4 15th hole, but wiped it away with three bogeys. He's trying to end a drought without a top 40 that has extended 16 starts, but it doesn't seem likely this week.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Brian Gay is listed in the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Gay was sidelined after one round of The Greenbrier Classic with a thumb injury, and then withdrew early from last week's John Deere. He hasn't had a top 40 since the Sony Open in Hawaii, so it's wise to let him return without you on board.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Brian Gay has been removed from the published field of this week's John Deere Classic.

He would have been bouncing off a withdrawal after one round at Greenbrier due to a thumb injury. You're unlikely to miss him, however, as he's gone 16 consecutive starts sans a top 40.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 02:52:00 PM