Brian Gay of the USA led from start to finish to win the St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx. He claimed his second PGA Tour victory of 2009 and a place at the US Open finishing five shots clear of his countrymen, Bryce Molder and David Toms.
Gay started the final day just one shot clear of Bryce Molder but he began to pull away on the par-3 fourth. Molder found the bunker and failed to get up and down, while Gay made a birdie two to open a four-stroke lead.
Bogeys by Gay on the seventh and 10th gave Molder the slimmest of chances but Gay put his foot on the accelerator again, making birdie at the, island green, 11th.
“I didn’t even get close to catching him.” Said Molder who can console himself with his best ever finish on Tour.
A birdie on the closing hole sealed the victory for Gay. It was a second PGA Tour win in the space of two months as Gay also won the Verizon Heritage at Harbour Town in April.
With this win Gay climbed to eighth on the PGA Tour money list and 35th on the Official World Golf Ranking. He also secured a start at Bethpage Black for the US Open with his last possible chance. He gets in as a multiple tour winner over the last calendar year.
“Right now I don’t know if we’re going home first or what we’re going to do, whether we spend tomorrow traveling, going home and repacking,” Gay said. “Get to work on Tuesday I guess.”
David Toms finished strongly with a closing 65 to end the week tied for second with Molder. “It was a pretty good golf tournament except for one guy stealing the show.” He said.
Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell closed with an excellent 63 to climb the leaderboard and finish in a tie for seventh place.
Phil Mickelson, in his first tournament start since his wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer, finished with a 75 and ended the week on a total of one over par.
St. Jude Classic presented by FedEx
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
June 11-14, purse $5,6000,000, par 70
1 Brian Gay (USA) 64 66 66 66 262 $1,008,000
T2 Bryce Molder (USA) 69 63 65 70 267 $492,800
T2 David Toms (USA) 67 66 69 65 267 $492,800
T4 Paul Goydos (USA) 72 64 64 68 268 $231,467
T4 John Senden (Aus) 69 66 69 64 268 $231,467
T4 Robert Allenby (Aus) 67 64 68 69 268 $231,467
T7 Jason Dufner (USA) 68 67 69 65 269 $180,600
T7 Graeme McDowell (NIR) 66 71 69 63 269 $180,600
9 Woody Austin (USA) 67 66 68 69 270 $162,400
T10 Jeff Overton (USA) 68 67 70 66 271 $145,600
T10 Heath Slocum (USA) 71 63 67 70 271 $145,600
Note: Players in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only