Gay wins by 10 at Heritage|
Hilton Head Island, SC (Sports Network) - Brian Gay fired a seven-under 64,
the lowest score of the final round, on Sunday to cruise to an easy, 10-stroke
victory at the Heritage.
Gay finished at 20-under 264, which established a new tournament record. Loren
Roberts had the old mark of 265 back in 1996 when he won, but Gay's 10-shot
win also represented a new tournament record for margin of victory.
"It feels great," said Gay, who pocketed $1,026,000 for the win. "Just a
phenomenal day. Virtually mistake-free all week."
The win was Gay's second. He captured last year's Mayakoba Golf Classic at
Riviera Maya-Cancun and on Sunday he punched his ticket to next year's
Luke Donald (66) and Briny Baird (68) shared a distant second place at 10-
under 274. Former major champions Lee Janzen (71) and Todd Hamilton (70) tied
for fourth at minus-nine.
Two-time Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal (67) and Tim Wilkinson (73)
finished sixth at eight-under 276.
All of these major champions and good pros had no chance on Sunday.
Gay wasted little time in extending his three-stroke lead at the start of the
final round. He ran home a 10-foot birdie putt at the first and holed the
longest putt of the championship, a 57-footer, for eagle at the par-five
In two holes, Gay doubled his lead to six and that essentially put the
His next birdie came at the par-five fifth. Gay kicked in a five-footer at
five, then saved par after he missed the green at six. His final front-nine
birdie came at the par-four eighth when Gay sank a 30-footer to reach 18-under
par and take a seven-shot lead to the back nine.
Gay parred his first two on the second, but faced a nine-footer for par at the
12th. He missed the putt for a bogey, only his second of the entire
That bogey must have inspired or angered Gay. He drained a 10-footer for
birdie at 13, nearly made birdie from 20 feet at 14, tapped in a short one for
birdie at 15 and converted an 18-foot birdie putt at 16.
The final birdie gave Gay a 10-shot lead with only two to play.
Gay almost made a long birdie putt at the 17th, but settled for par. At the
last, he found the fairway and safely knocked his approach on to the putting
He two-putted for the easy par and win.
"Didn't see a leaderboard all day," said Gay. "I told myself the whole time I
didn't want to watch the board, I just wanted to stay focused. I kept looking
down and moving ahead."
Rory Sabbatini (66), Matt Weibring (68) and Tim Petrovic (70) tied for eighth
place at seven-under 277.
Boo Weekley, the champion in 2007 and 2008, shot a three-under 68 on Sunday
and jumped into a tie for 13th at minus-five.
Davis Love III, a five-time champion, struggled to a three-over 74 in the
final round and shared 21st place at four-under 280.
04/19 18:24:10 ET