PGA Tour
Gay gets St. Jude win and U.S. Open spot



Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Brian Gay fired a four-under 66 on Sunday to cruise to his second easy victory on the PGA Tour this season at the St. Jude Classic.

Gay finished at 18-under 262 and won by five strokes at the TPC Southwind.

In April, Gay crushed the field at Harbour Town Golf Links to the tune of a 10-stroke victory over Briny Baird and Luke Donald at the Heritage.

On Sunday, the margin was only five, but Gay displayed the same command when he pounded the field the week after the Masters.

While on the subject of majors, Gay's victory on Sunday earned him a spot in the field next week at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

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

David Toms, a two-time winner of this championship, fired a five-under 65 and shared second place with Bryce Molder, who managed an even-par 70 on Sunday. The pair finished at 13-under 267.

John Senden (64), Paul Goydos (68) and Robert Allenby (69) tied for fourth place at minus-12.

Phil Mickelson's return to the PGA Tour didn't end well.

Mickelson, who played for the first time since announcing last month his wife Amy was battling breast cancer, struggled to a five-over 75 on Sunday. He tied for 59th place at plus-one, with, among others a returning John Daly, who came back after a six-month suspension.

But these big-name major champions couldn't stop Gay.

Nor could a four-hour weather delay.

With bad weather expected on Sunday, tournament officials tried to move up tee times, but inclement weather didn't allow the leaders to get on the course until almost 2:00 p.m. (et).

When play finally started, Gay wasted little time.

Gay began the final round with a one-stroke lead over Molder, but quickly extended thanks to a seven-foot birdie at the second hole. Molder bogeyed the par-three fourth and Gay sank a 20-footer for birdie and all of a sudden, Gay had a four-shot cushion.

At the sixth, Gay drained a long birdie putt and the rout was on, but it did come with some hiccups.

Gay landed in a bunker with his approach at seven and could not save par. He got the stroke back after a 16-foot birdie putt at No. 9, but drove into the rough at 10 and walked off with a bogey.

Once again, Gay rebounded strongly after a mishap.

At the par-three 11th, Gay knocked his tee ball to a foot, just coming up a little short in his bid for an ace. He tapped in for the easy birdie and cruised home.

Gay had a decent look at birdie at the 16th, but missed. It wasn't until the last, when he already had a four-stroke advantage, that Gay once again made birdie.

Gay knocked his approach to five feet. After Molder and Allenby putted out for pars, Gay ran home his birdie putt to pad his margin of victory.

"I putted great," said Gay, who needed 100 putts for the whole week. "I hit my irons pretty well. I didn't have my best game off the tee with my driver. I hung in there."

Graeme McDowell shot a seven-under 63 and tied for seventh with Jason Dufner, who posted a 65 on Sunday. The pair finished at 11-under 269, which was one better than 2007 champion Woody Austin, who carded a 69 in the final round.

06/14 19:38:29 ET