"My swing is pretty much a baseball swing that's turned into a golf swing," Gainey said. "I'd call my whole game unorthodox. But look at all the players out here. No two players are the same. Everybody goes about their business in different ways. There's more than one way to shoot 62. My way is to be aggressive. If I need to back off, I back off. But I don't back off much."
Not even after working in a water heater company.
"You get spoiled out here," Gainey said. "And I am. But I'm very proud to have A.O. Smith, the company I used to work for, as a sponsor. ... They make the best water heaters in the country."
A classic American story on the Fourth of July.
"My parents were poor," Gainey said. "They worked the 8-to-5, 9-to-5 jobs Monday through Friday, sometimes Saturday. If it was needed, they worked Sunday. I just appreciate what my parents instilled in me.
"I didn't have it easy. I had to work for what I got. I mean, they were good to me though. I'm a candy freak and they gave me candy all the time when I was growing up."
Thursday's round was certainly a treat. Gainey went back to that meeting with his wife, sister- and brother-in-law and agent.
"They said, 'You're playing bad; what's going on?' I said, 'I feel like I'm trying to force the issue.' They said, 'Tom, you won a tournament last year because you were having fun playing the game you love to play.' I'd gotten away from that."
He's having fun now. All-America-type fun.
"The Greenbrier is America's resort," Gainey said. "I've seen the commercial with all they have to offer. I see why they call it that. I'm going to try and experience America the beautiful here.
"I mean, how beautiful is this place? It's just awesome."
So is the story of Gainey. He lives in Hartsville, S.C., a stone's throw from his parents and family in Bishopville. And in all-America fashion, he loves those parents.
"They sacrificed a lot for me when I was growing up," Gainey said. "Now it's my turn to help them out. I mean, I can't repay what they've done for me. But I'll tell you I can make their lives a little easier. They're getting a little older and their health is getting worse. It's time for me to step up and care for them as they cared for me."
Time to give them a hand or two.
Gloved, of course.
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