PGA Tour pro arrested for soliciting a prostitute then wins golf event

Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey overcomes all odds to win Korn Ferry Tour opening event of 2020. 

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Thu, 16 Jan 2020

PGA Tour pro Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey has won the Korn Ferry Tour opening tournament of the season, just one month after being arrested in a massive six-day undercover sting dubbed 'Operation Santa's Naughty List' that targeted prostitution, human trafficking and child predators in Central Florida. 

According to reports, Gainey, 44, is facing a first-degree misdemeanor solicitation charge. He was booked in on December 8 and released after posting the $500 bail. 

It is claimed Gainey was one of 124 people involved in the undercover sting in early December.

However, little more than 35 days removed from his arrest, Gainey overcame all odds to win the Korn Ferry Tour's Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay by a commanding four strokes. 

Gainey carded a final-round 69 to finish on 11-under par, four strokes clear of John Oda and Dylan Wu. 

"This means everything," said an emotional Gainey, who dedicated his win to his wife and kids. 

"My wife, I love her to death. Her and the boys mean everything."

 

 

The American has one PGA Tour victory to his name coming at the 2012 McGladrey Classic. 

He has amassed more than $5.6 million in PGA Tour earnings in 200 career starts. 

Gainey is not automatically assured of a place back on the PGA Tour next season despite his win, but a couple of more solid finishes on the circuit should definitely get the job done.

Gainey lost his Tour card in 2014 and has not held full-status on the main circuit since.

 

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