MEMPHIS: Brian Gay had one last chance to book a US Open berth, and he made the most of it with a wire-to-wire triumph in the USPGA Tour’s $6.1 million St Jude Classic.
Gay’s victory sealed his spot in next week’s US Open as a multiple winner in the last calendar year. Gay’s third career victory on the US tour finished with the American in complete control. He had led by one stroke after each of the first three rounds.
On Sunday, he carded his third straight four-under 66 to post a five-stroke victory over David Toms and Bryce Molder. Gay had given himself plenty of breathing room with birdies at three of his first six holes en route to his 18-under total of 262. Molder carded a 70 for 267, where he was joined by Toms, who notched a 65. Australians Robert Allenby (69) and John Senden (64) joined American Paul Goydos (68) on 268.
Phil Mickelson, in his first event since revealing his wife Amy has breast cancer, and John Daly, returning from a six-month suspension, both finished one-over. Mickelson went into the fourth round 10 shots adrift and closed with an effort that included a triple bogey, five bogeys and three birdies.