Gay shoots another 66 to win St. Jude

June 14, 2009 at 8:54 PM   |   Comments

MEMPHIS, June 14 (UPI) -- Brian Gay shot a 4-under 66 Sunday to complete his wire-to-wire victory in the St. Jude Classic PGA tournament at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

Gay finished with an 18-under 262 for the tournament, five strokes ahead of two-time winner David Toms (65) and Bryce Molder (70).

The victory earned Gay a trip to next week's U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

"I don't know if we'll go home or straight up there tomorrow or what," Gay said when asked about his last-minute trip to New York. "I've got a lot of stuff with me and a lot of dirty clothes."

Gay was a model of consistency during the tournament despite stormy weather that delayed Sunday's round. He shot a 64 Thursday and then went on to card the consecutive 66s.

"I putted great," said Gay. "I hit my irons pretty well. I didn't have my best game off the tee with my driver. I hung in there."

He began play Sunday with a one-stroke lead over Molder but birdied the second hole and then the fourth on a clutch 20-foot putt while Molder carded a bogey.

After sinking another long birdie putt on the sixth, Gay bogeyed No. 10. He responded by nearly acing the 11th hole. He finished the round with a birdie on the final hole.

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