Grinder Gainey thanks his lucky stars

RICHARD ZUSSMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 PM ET

He is surrounded by stars on the PGA Tour but Tommy Gainey doesn't consider himself one.

He doesn't show up on the cover of People magazine and he hasn't been on Dancing with the Stars. The former contestant of the Golf Channel's Big Break seems to be just happy being a professional golfer.

"I feel very lucky to be out there -- there are a lot of players in the world who wish they were out here," Gainey said following a 65 Friday to get back into contention at the RBC Canadian Open.

Known as two gloves because he wears one on each hand on the course, Gainey is one of the game's great grinders. He has played on the Grey Goose Gateway Tour, the Egolf Tarheel Tour, the Nationwide Tour and the Hooters Tour.

But this year he is sitting 41st on the PGA Tour money list and is searching for his first career victory.

"The only way you are going to get that respect is to earn it and to do that you have got to win," Gainey said. "Until then I am just another player out here trying to keep his card."

The remarkable thing about Gainey's 65 was that he hit only five fairways, yet hit 14 greens in regulation. He had 12 fewer strokes Friday than Thursday, when he opened with a 77.

"I can't ever remember having a 12-shot difference from any round to the next round," Gainey said. "It is pretty unique if you ask me.

"I have a lot of work to do hitting more fairways, because this rough is killing me. My left wrist is sore from hacking out of this rough so much."

He may be sore, but Gainey sure isn't complaining. It could be much worse. The 36-year-old has done far worse jobs than play golf for a living -- from picking up range balls, to cleaning golf carts to moving furniture.

"You can get frustrated with it out here, but you can't let it frustrate you," he said. "We kept laughing the whole day and we are going to take that into the next two days." 


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