Tommy Gainey will now have to earn a spot in this summer’s U.S. Open if he wants to compete at Pebble Beach in 2019. The veteran pro had to withdraw from this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after missing his connecting flight to California.
Oddly, Gainey’s travel issues leave him right where he started the week. As of Monday Gainey was not in the field at Pebble Beach due to his poor position in the Official World Golf Ranking(No. 1,749). But after a rash of withdrawals over the last three days, a spot opened up for Gainey, who was well down the list of alternates for the event.
On Wednesday afternoon at 4:45 p.m., Gainey received a call from the tournament telling him he had made the field after all. Needing to act quickly, Gainey packed and hit the road to the airport in just 20 minutes.
But after his first plane was delayed, he missed his connecting flight in Atlanta. Ironically, Gainey’s bags made it onto the plane in time. As Gainey said on Twitter, “My bags are on the way and I’m stuck in Atl.”
If you don’t have bad luck you have none at all! Got a call at 445that I’m in @attproam. Pack and on road to airport in 20 mins. Get to airport, plane trouble. Get to Atl with 10 mins to spare. Run to find door closed and can’t board. My bags are on the way and I’m stuck in Atl.
It’s a pretty big blow for a struggling player who can’t be picky about which events to play. For anyone without Tour status, every PGA Tour start is precious. But Gainey, whose lone Tour victory came at the 2012 McGladrey Classic, stayed upbeat and sent an optimistic tweet.
Well…wasn’t able to make it to @attproam! My clubs and clothes are in San Fran enjoying the day. I enjoyed the night lights on a roundtrip to Atlanta and back home. Next year!
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