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It’s fair to say that 2020 has started better than 2019 finished for Tommy Gainey.

The 44-year-old, who has made 200 PGA Tour appearances, won the opening event of the Korn Ferry Tour season… just 35 days after being arrested in a prostitution sting in Florida.

Gainey carded a three-under 69, closing with three straight birdies, to win The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic by four shots from John Oda and Dylan Wu.

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It was a first victory since 2012 for the man nicknamed ‘Two Gloves’ and a timely boost after he was one of 124 busted in an undercover investigation in Polk County, Florida, dubbed ‘Operation Santa’s Naughty List’.


Gainey was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and was reportedly caught via online advertisements. He was booked on December 8 and was released on December 9 after posting bail.

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He was believed to travelling to Korn Ferry Qualifying School at the time of the incident.

After his win, Gainey said: “With the injuries that I’ve been through, the other troubles that I’ve had, I’m very lucky and very blessed. This means everything.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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