Not only does Tommy Gainey make fellow country golfer Boo Weekley look like a city slicker, he is perhaps the most compelling rags-to-riches story on the PGA Tour since Lee Trevino.
Merry Mex had his Dr Pepper bottle. Gainey has his two gloves. Each has laughed all the way to Wells Fargo, to keep the golfy theme going.
Now that he has climbed from rural humble beginnings to the tour circle of winners, Gainey would appear worthy of, at the least, a made-for-cable flick. Pro bono suggestion: Woody Harrelson would fit the part.
This, of course, is a touching tale of a curiosity who wrapped insulation around water-heater tanks in South Carolina in the mid-1990s. That was back in the day when he would catch people by surprise playing money matches.
"When they saw me with two gloves on, they said, 'Who is this guy with two gloves?' " Gainey once told me, referring to gambling opponents. "For them, it was like, 'How much are we playing for, and how fast can he get to the first tee?' "