Brian Gay sadly was heading towards a crossroads.
In his late 40s, with greater than 600 begins on the PGA Tour and his job changing into extra of a grind than a pleasure, doubts about his future in golf crept into his head.
Stay on the PGA Tour or head to the PGA Tour Champions?
Then he went to Bermuda.
On the first day of final November, Gay, after lacking 9 of his final 11 cuts, defeated Wyndham Clark in a playoff to win the Bermuda Championship, his fifth PGA Tour title and first since 2013.
“Crazy game,” he stated that day.
The victory confirmed to Gay that he nonetheless had sport on the PGA Tour and didn’t want to hitch the elder set simply but. And a couple of yr earlier than changing into eligible to play the PGA Tour Champions, he had earned exempt standing on the PGA Tour by August of 2023.
And the win bought him again into the Masters.
Gay, 49, who spent a part of his childhood in Louisville, Georgia, about 50 miles south of Augusta National Golf Club, went to the Masters for the first time in 1979 when he was 8. With his father by his facet for the Tuesday apply spherical, Gay, who stated he was simply beating golf balls round the yard at the time and simply catching the golf bug, was hooked.
And then Andy Bean took him out to the tee field on the second gap.
“That was pretty cool,” Gay stated. “That’s when I fell in love with the Masters. It’s great to be going back to the Masters. It’s always been my favorite tournament in the world. I’m from the south and I love the southern charm.
“Love that it’s at the same course every year. The back-nine drama. The history. Know all the shots, know certain putts.”
Gay fulfilled a childhood dream by taking part in in his first Masters in 2010. But he missed the lower. In his solely different look, he tied for thirty eighth in 2013 and gained crystal when he eagled the fifteenth.
While he loves the course and every thing about the event, it’s a troublesome place for Gay to succeed. He’s one among the shortest hitters on the PGA Tour and regardless of being one among the sport’s greatest putters, he’s by no means damaged par in any spherical at Augusta National throughout the Masters.
“It’s tough on the short hitters, for sure,” he stated. “It’s a huge advantage if you can hit it long and high there. Hopefully, for me, it will be warm. I’m not so young anymore. Warm weather will help, for sure. If it’s cold I get a little stiff.”
Gay didn’t play the week earlier than the Masters in the Valero Texas Open, as an alternative planning to go to Augusta for a apply spherical or two forward of time.
“I’m looking forward to going back there,” Gay stated. “Hopefully I won’t put too much pressure on myself. Hopefully, I’ll go there and really enjoy it and feel good about it and play well.”
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