Tommy Gainey is an American golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. Born on August 13, 1975, Gainey turned professional in 1998. Prior to turning pro he worked in an assembly line in South Carolina. He started on the smaller tours around the country before getting his big break in 2005 when he appeared on the Golf Channel’s Big Break USA vs. Europe and The Reunion.
Two years later Gainey was in the Nationwide tour and passed qualifying school to earn his tour card by finishing 6 rounds T-19. He played on the tour since 2008, although his first year was not very successful, making only five cuts in 23 events and placing 228th on the money list. His last event for the season was at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort, where he made a runner up finish that landed him inside the top 200. Gainey did not have any luck on the PGA tour, however, only making eight cuts in fifteen events. He eventually returned to the nationwide tour in 2010, where he made his first significant win at the Melwood Prince Goerge’s County Open. He won the event by just one stroke to defeat Frank Lickliter and Jin Park. He then followed this victory with another win at the Chiquita Classic, where he won three strokes ahead of Joe Affrunti. The American pro placed 4th on the tour’s money list before heading back for the PGA in 2011.
His second foray into the PGA went off to a bumpy start but Gainey hung on long enough to make it to the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona, where he surged late in the final round and tied for 8th in the finish with a quadruple bogey. He also placed 5th at the Honda Classic in Florida, before posting his best finish on the tour at the Heritage Hilton Head. His performance in 2011 propelled him to a ranking of 89 at the end of the 2011 season.