2008,Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. 2009,Verizon Heritage, St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx.
2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position
2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes
Verizon Heritage, St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx. T5--
Sony Open in Hawaii. T6--
PGA TOUR Best Round
63 at Round 4, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.
PGA TOUR Highlights
Opened the season with four consecutive top-20 finishes, highlighted by a T5 effort at the Sony Open in Hawaii where he recorded four rounds in the 60s...Won the Verizon Heritage in April by a record 10 strokes, topping Davis Love III's seven-stroke win in 1998. His 20-under 264 total broke Loren Roberts' previous tournament scoring record of 19-under in 1996. With just two bogeys during the tournament, his 10-stroke win was the largest margin of victory since Phil Mickelson won by 13 at the 2006 BellSouth Classic. His win became just the ninth in PGA TOUR history (dating back to 1970 when records began) to come with a double-digit winning margin...Won for the second time in five events and for the third time in his career with a five-stroke win at the St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx. Led by one stroke after each of the first three rounds, then shot his third consecutive 4-under 66 to pull away and secured a spot in the following week's U.S. Open because of multiple wins within the last calendar year. He birdied three of the first six holes in the final round to take all the suspense out of the finish and birdied the 18th to finish at 18-under 262. David Toms and Bryce Molder finished five back.Needed only 100 putts to become the fourth wire-to-wire winner in the tournament's 52-year history and first since Justin Leonard in 2005.
Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes
Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun, Verizon Heritage, St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx.
2008 Season Highlights
Enjoyed his best year on the PGA TOUR with a record six top-10 finishes, highlighted by a win in Mexico and a runner-up finish at the Viking Classic in September. Earned first career PGA TOUR victory in his 293rd career start on the PGA TOUR at age 36 years, 2 months, 11 days at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The string of 292 starts without a victory was the 13th-longest among active PGA TOUR players, dating back to first professional start at the 1996 U.S. Open. Carded third-round career low of 8-under-par 62 to take a five-stroke lead into Sunday. Rounds of 66-67-62-69--264 bested runner-up Steve Marino by two strokes. Earned a career-best paycheck of $630,000...Next top-10 finish came at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, where the Fort Worth, TX native finished T7, his best finish at the tournament in nine starts...A few weeks later in Texas he posted a T10 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He was one back after 36 holes, but weekend rounds of 69-72 dropped him to T10...Finished T7 at the Buick Open for his fourth top-10 of the season, thanks in part to a final-round 65 that included five consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-16. Round tied the low score of the day...Finished with a 4-under 68 to get into the three-man playoff at the Viking Classic with Will MacKenzie and Marc Turnesa. Was eliminated on the first hole of the playoff when the other players made birdies. His runner-up finish was the third of his career (seconds at the 2001 MasterCard Colonial and the 2002 Buick Open). Went over the $2-million mark for the first time in a single season on TOUR...Claimed his sixth top-10 finish of the year with T7 honors at the Ginn sur Mer Classic.
2007: Shot 66-69 on the weekend to finish T4 at the PODS Championship...One stroke off the 36-hole lead, finished fourth at the Stanford St. Jude Championship, seven behind winner Woody Austin...Ended the year ranked in the top-10 in both Putting Average and Driving Accuracy...Made an ace during the opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 2006: Top-10 finish in the final full-event of the season lifted him over the $1-million mark for just the second time in a season. Made 22 cuts in 31 starts and finished in the top 25 10 times...Recorded the season's first double eagle, using driver, 5-iron on the par-5, 503-yard first hole at Riviera CC during second round. 2005: Lone top-10 was T3 at the Barclays Classic. Entered final round two off the lead of Jim Furyk and Padraig Harrington, but had two double bogeys on Sunday. Finish was best performance since a T2 at the 2002 Buick Open...Finished T17 at the Valero Texas Open and collected $42,420, lifting him over the mark to secure his card for 2006. 2004: After finishing out of the top 125 in 2003, managed to get back into the top 125 with five top-20s, including one top-10...Played in final group on Sunday for the second consecutive week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he finished T5... Needed to make one cut with three tournaments remaining for the season to secure his card for 2005. Managed to make the cut near his home at the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort, finishing T41. 2003: Finished out of the top 125 for the first time since 1998, his rookie season. Returned to the Qualifying Tournament and finished T28. Only top-10 of the season was a T8 at The Honda Classic. 2002: Played in 34 events, making 24 cuts, and finishing in the top-10 four times. Best finish was a T2 at the Buick Open, four strokes behind champion Tiger Woods. 2001: Had career-highs in money earned and money list position. Surpassed the $1-million mark for the first time, thanks to a career-high five top-10s. At the MasterCard Colonial, finished T2 on the strength of a closing 65, two strokes behind Sergio Garcia. His $352,000 paycheck was largest of his career. 2000: On strength of eight top-25s, placed among Top 125 on money list for first time...First career top-10 came at Honda Classic, a T4. Part of eight-way first-round tie for lead after 7-under-par 65 in Coral Springs. Stood two strokes back through 54 holes and pulled within one of champion Dudley Hart heading to 17th hole Sunday. Gay's 30-foot birdie putt stopped on the edge of the front lip and fell in, but Gay waited longer than the allowed 10 seconds to tap ball in and was assessed one-stroke penalty (Rule 16-2) after play was completed, giving him a par. He bogeyed the 18th hole and finished two strokes behind Hart. 1999: In first career full TOUR season, played in 26 events and made eight cuts...Retained exempt status with T10 at TOUR Qualifying Tournament. 1998: Member of the Nationwide Tour...Earned status on TOUR for the next season with T31 finish at Qualifying Tournament in Palm Springs. 1997: Three-time winner on Golden Bear Tour, a two-time winner on Sunshine Players Tour and a four-time winner on South Florida Tour. 1996: Lone TOUR event was U.S. Open...Finished second on Golden Bear Tour money list after winning Golden Bear Tour Championship. 1995: Played in 40 mini-tour tournaments and won nine times, including victories on the Emerald Coast Golf Tour, Gulf Coast Tour, Gary Player Tour and Tommy Armour Tour. Amateur: Member of 1993 U.S. Walker Cup team...Medalist at the 1993 U.S. Amateur...Two-time All-America selection and a three-time All-SEC selection of the University of Florida. Won SEC Championship twice. Also, SEC Freshman of the Year...Led University Florida to NCAA Championship in 1993 along with TOUR member Chris Couch.
Father was a scratch golfer and played for the all-Army team.
PGA TOUR Playoff Record
Finished out of the top 125 for the first time since 1998, his rookie season. Went back to the Qualifying Tournament and finished T28. Only top 10 of the 2003 season was a T8 at The Honda Classic after four rounds of 67. Played in 34 events, making 24 cuts, and finishing the top-10 four times in 2002. Recorded a T2 at the 2002 Buick Open. Closing rounds of 67-68, netted $217,800 to secure his card for 2003 ($593,419). Had career highs in money earned and money list position in 2001. Surpassed the $1-million mark for the first time. Earned career-best PGA TOUR finish at the 2001 MasterCard Colonial with a T2 on the strength of a closing 65, two strokes behind Sergio Garcia. His $352,000 paycheck was largest of his career. First career top-10 came at 2000 Honda Classic, a T4. Stood two strokes back through 54 holes and pulled within one of champion Dudley Hart heading to 17th hole Sunday. Gay's 30-foot birdie putt stopped on the edge of the front lip and fell in, but Gay waited longer than the allowed 10 seconds to tap ball in and was assessed one-stroke penalty (Rule 16-2) after play was completed, giving him a par. He bogeyed 18th hole and finished two strokes behind Hart. In 1999, his first career full PGA TOUR season, played in 26 events and made eight cuts. Retained PGA TOUR exempt status for 2000 with T10 at PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Member of the Nationwide Tour in 1998. Earned status on the PGA TOUR for the next season with T31 finish at Qualifying Tournament in Palm Springs. Three-time winner on Golden Bear Tour, a two-time winner on Sunshine Players Tour and a four-time winner on South Florida Tour in 1997. Played in 40 mini-tour tournaments in 1995 and won nine times. As an amateur, was a member of the 1993 U.S. Walker Cup team. Medalist at the 1993 U.S. Amateur. Two-time All-America selection, three-time All-SEC selection, two-time SEC Championship medalist and on three SEC Championship teams while at Florida. Played on the same team with Pat Bates, 2001 Nationwide Tour three-time winner, at Florida and won the 1993 NCAA Championship with PGA TOUR member Chris Couch. Father was a scratch golfer and played for the all-Army team. Dad got him started in golf when he was 9.