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Brian Gay

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 12/14/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 165

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Buoyed by a walk-off eagle-2 from 161 yards away (video link below), World No. 264 Brian Gay carded a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in the final round of The RSM Classic to steal solo 3rd on 16-under 266, five swings shy of overnight leader and champion Austin Cook. UPDATE: This is Gay's 11th top-3 finish in 523 career events, first of the season and second in his last 10 starts (T3, 2017 Barbasol).
The 44-year-old was sleepwalking on even-par thru 17 holes and in a five-way logjam at T4 before his final-hole heroics. After opening in 65-64-69, he began in solo 3rd, four back of playing competitor Cook, who shot 67. The Orlando resident conjured eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 2.604 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 4.350 approaching-the-green. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 2 and 4 and ate double bogey-6 at 16 (tee ball OB), offset by two circles at 8 and 13 (from 47'11), and eagle-3 at 15 from 27 inches and the walk-off eagle. The Texas native posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 0.047 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. This was his sixth RSM, second top 25 and second top 10 (T4/2014), and his third top 25 of the season among three cashes in five starts, first top 10. Nov 19 - 5:42 PM

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World No. 264 Brian Gay back-pedaled to a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of The RSM Classic, falling one spot to solo 3rd on 14-under 198, four shy of 54-hole leader and playing competitor Austin Cook, who shot 66.

After opening with 65-64, the 44-year-old began in solo 2nd, one back of 36-hole leader Cook. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.899 strokes tee-to-green despite gaining 0.912 approaching-the-green. The Texas native carded five birdies at holes 2, 6, 7, 11 and 17 (from 25'10"), taking the luster off with bogey-5s at 14 (3-putt from 40'9") and 18, and double bogey-6 at 5 (3-putt from 66'0"). He posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 0.365 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts..
Nov 18 - 5:12 PM

Making the move over to Sea Island Golf Club's Seaside Course for round two of The RSM Classic, Brian Gay cruised to a 6-under-par 32-32=64, giving him the title of early clubhouse leader with a two-day tally of 13-under 129. UPDATE: He would later get passed up by rookie Austin Cook who posted at 14-under 128.

Gay made quick work of the Plantation Course on day one (7-under 65) but today's 6-under round is likely more impressive. On day one there were only two golfer's that record rounds of 5-under 65 at the Seaside Course (Nick Watney and Brice Garnett). Gay got the job done with his usual (tidy) ball-striking and then caught fire with the flat stick. The most notable was a 37'8" birdie bomb at the par-3 sixth but he also sank three more putts from outside 14 feet. That was good for +3.559 strokes gained putting at the time he signed his card. There are plenty of low scores out there today but if this lead holds up it will be the first 36-hole lead for Gay since the 2009 St. Jude Classic, and just fourth 36-hole lead/co-lead of his lengthy career. He's converted two of his three previous 36-hole leads into victories.
Nov 17 - 2:57 PM

Starting the week at Sea Island Golf Club's Plantation Course, Brian Gay smoothed a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 to find himself in an early share of third place at The RSM Classic.

Gay made this round look easy by missing just one (of 14) fairways which allowed him to attack flagsticks all day. He did just that, landing 16 greens in regulation on his way toward a 7-birdie effort. Thursdays have been kind to Gay at Sea Island as he's now positioned himself inside the top 10 thru R1 in 3-of-6 appearances here. the most notable was the 2014 edition where he led off with a 7-under 63 before posted rounds of 72-66-67 to finish T4. Gay hasn't won since the 2013 CareerBuilder Challenge but it certainly wouldn't be shocking to see him hang around all week here at a comfortable Sea Island venue.
Nov 16 - 4:22 PM

Brian Gay breezed through El Camaleón Golf Club en route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 34-31=65 during round two of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, setting an early target of 9-under 133 as he sits in the clubhouse as the early leader. UPDATE: With second-round play completed on Saturday, Gay is T4, one back of a trio of 36-hole leaders, and his 65 was tied for the low round with four others.

The 2008 OHL Classic champion arrived with a 7-for-7 record at this week's venue. It's a resort course that rewards accuracy and doesn't require distance. A perfect combination for Gay who relies heavily on his short game to score. That has been the case this week as he ranks just T83 in GIR percentage (23 GIR) but he's traded eight birdies and an eagle with just one bogey through 36 holes. The four-time PGA TOUR champ hasn't found the winner's circle since the 2013 CareerBuilder Challenge. If this lead holds by day's end it would be his first 36-hole lead/co-lead since the 2009 FedEx St. Jude Classic. He is 2-for-3 in converting those R2 leads, so gamers shouldn't expect him to fall too far off the pace this weekend.
Nov 10 - 12:13 PM

Brian Gay took home the hardware during the 2008 OHL Classic at Mayakoba and returns this week for another look at El Camaleón Golf Club.

Gay is 7-for-7 at this event with a T5 in 2011 being the other highlight besides the victory. Given him flawless record here, it is clear this shorter layout suits the eye of Gay who gains most of his strokes on or around the greens. More recently, the Florida Gator has missed the cut in three of his last four starts, with a T18 sandwiched in between at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Gay hasn't found the winner's circle since the 2013 CareerBuilder Challenge but this week's course should provide him a nice opportunity to jump back into contention.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 8 - 3:45 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 251 Brian Gay styled a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the Barbasol Championship to reach 19-under 265, up three spots to a season-best T3, two adrift of champion Grayson Murray.

After kicking off in 69-63-68, the 44-year-old began T6 on 13-under, six shy of 54-hole leader Scott Stallings. Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, he landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 0.631 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.531 around-the-green. The Texas native circles five conventional birdies at Nos. 5, 9 (from 16'4"), 12, 13 and 16, kicking off with a 35-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 1. He posted 1.733 putts per GIR and 2.205 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts. This was the University of Florida product's fourth top 25 of the season in 21 starts, third top 10, replacing a pair of previous-best T6s in back-to-back starts at the RBC Heritage and Valero Texas Open, and his first top 3 on TOUR since the most recent of his four TOUR titles at the 2013 Humana Challenge.
Jul 23 - 6:09 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 251 Brian Gay styled a season-low 8-under-par 33-30-63 in the second round of the Barbasol Championship to post 10-under 132, up 39 places on the live leaderboard to solo 2nd, five shy of clubhouse leader Chad Collins. UPDATE: With play completed, Gay is T4, five back of Collins.

This was the University of Florida product's 68th round of the season, eclipsing 64 two times, most recently at the Sony/R2 back in January. On 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, he squared a lone bogey-4 at eight, smothered by nine birdies at Nos. 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13 and finishing with a hat-trick at 16-18. The 44-year-old's split included eight conventional birdies, all from inside of 12 feet, adding a pitch-in 3 at the par-4 ninth from 28'4" away. He posted 1.429 putts per GIR, 1.122 SG: Putting and 5.723 SG: Total.
Jul 21 - 2:42 PM

World No. 252 Brian Gay is in Cromwell, CT., for the Travelers Championship and checks in at 103rd in the FedExCup standings.

This is the 44-year-old's 14th appearance making seven cuts and missing six, including last year by two (71-70). His best is T26 in 2009 and in 39 career laps over the par-70 layout, his scoring average is exactly 70.00. The University of Florida product has two top 10s this season in 16 events, posting back-to-back T6s at the RBC Heritage and Valero Texas Open, the latter coming six starts ago and fulfilled the terms of his Major Medical Extension. He ranks 124th on TOUR in birdie average (3.43) and 47th in scoring average (70.659), posting four red numbers in his last 13 rounds.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 21 - 4:15 PM

World No. 339 Brian Gay signed for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 after today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to conclude his 15th appearance on 7-under 281, up five spots to T6 with play winding down. UPDATE: With play completed, Gay finished T6 and collected 89 FedExCup points and $200,725, easily meeting the terms of his Major Medical Extension in earnings -- with three starts remaining -- but came up 28.807 shy in FEC points.

This is the 44-year-old's third top 10 at the VTO, first since a best of T4 in 2012. It's his second top 10 of the season in 11 starts and second straight, chasing a T6 last week at the RBC Heritage. After opening laps of 68-72-71, the Texas native began in solo 11th, three adrift of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell but just one off the overnight top 10. He conjured six (of 14) fairways and seven greens in regulation, losing 1.197 strokes off-the-tee, but gained 1.518 strokes around-the-green and 2.017 on-the-greens. The former Florida Gator squared a lone bogey-5 at nine, offset by birdies at holes 2, 3 and 11, the latter a hole-out 3 from 36'9" away.
Apr 23 - 5:43 PM

World No. 339 Brian Gay rallied for a 1-under-par 38-33=71 on Day 3 of the Valero Texas Open to post 5-under 211, up 10 spots on the live leaderboard to T7, one shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader Ryan Palmer.

After opening in 68-72, the 44-year-old began T17 on 4-under, four adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.968 strokes tee-to-green. The Fort Worth, Texas, native squared four bogeys, three failed scrambles and 3-putting the par-3 third from 63'6". He circled just one birdie-4 on his first half, the par-5 second, turning in 2-over, but birdied four of his final six holes with back-to-backs at 13 and 14, and 17 and 18, highlighted by an 18-footer for birdie-2 at 13.
Apr 22 - 5:27 PM

Brian Gay slowed his pace but still managed an even-par 38-34=72 during the second round of the Valero Texas Open, stalking from off the pace on 4-under 140 after 36 holes.

With four starts remaining on a Major Medical Extension, Gay is looking good to fulfill the terms this week as he needs just $36,381 to do so. Today was a bit of a grind after breezing through the Oaks Course on day one. In round two, Gay circled four birdies, needing putts from outside 12 feet on three of those. That has been the biggest strength for Gay, as usual, currently gaining 5.321 strokes putting on the week. After missing the cut in last year's Valero, the 45-year-old is back on track here, looking to add to his TPC San Antonio resume that already includes a T4 finish (2012).
Apr 21 - 3:00 PM

Brian Gay rallied late in his round to record a 4-under-par 33-35=68 on day one of the Valero Texas Open, finding a spot inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.

Entering the week fresh off a T6 at the RBC Heritage, Gay was certainly trending upward. He opened on the back nine and traded two birdies with two bogeys over his opening 10 holes. From there, the fireworks popped with a four-hole birdie train starting at the par-5 second. The train featured 73'9" of converted putts, including a 33'6" bomb at the fifth. Gay walked off the course gaining 4.201 strokes putting over the field. This goes in the books as one of just five rounds of 68 or better from the afternoon wave (Cink/Alker 67; Duke/Molder 68).
Apr 20 - 7:18 PM

Past champ and World No. 511 Brian Gay birdied his final four holes en route to a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in the final round of the RBC Heritage for a four-day total of 10-under 276, up nine places to T7 with play still in progress.

The 44-year-old won the 2009 edition by 10 shots, one of only three players to have won a tourney by 10 or more shots since 1991 (Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods x3). Overall, this was his 17th appearance and has not had a top-10 finish here since the win. The University of Florida product was making his 10th start of the season on a Major Medical Extension and inclusive of this week, had five starts remaining to earn $254,131 to retain status. He entered 6-for-9 with one top 25, a T13 at the Sony Open. Gay carded rounds of 68-70-69-67 and posted weekly totals of 21 birdies and 11 bogeys, six versus two in R4. He had one top 10 in 13 events in the injury-shortened season last year, a solo 6th at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Apr 16 - 4:44 PM

World No. 511 Brian Gay makes final preparations for his 16th Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Since debuting with T33 in 2000, the 44-year-old has played every edition with the exception of 2015, missing the entire 2014-15 season due to injury. He's 9-for-15 with two top 25s, both doubling as top 10s in 2006 and 2007. The University of Florida product is playing this season on a Major Medical Extension (that dates to the injury), and has six events remaining to earn 209 FedExCup points of $254,131. He's 6-for-8 in 2016-17 with one top 25, a T13 five starts ago at the Sony Open, highlighted by a tied-season-low bogey-free 64 in R2. The Texas native checks in off a T60 two weeks ago at The Honda Classic (68-69-73-74).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 8 - 4:01 PM