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Quinney, Gainey Share Wyndham Lead – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 19th, 2011 by Chalk

Quinney, Gainey Share Wyndham Lead
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Jeff Quinney and Tommy Gainey are atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro after both shot 7-under 63s on Thursday.  Gainey is safely in the FedExCup playoffs at No. 40 in the standings, but Quinney came in well out of the top 125 at No. 215 and basically needs a win to get into the first postseason tournament. Stuart Appleby was alone in third, one stroke back.

“I’m in a position right now where I’ve only played 11 events this year and haven’t had a great go of it,” said Quinney. “The only chance I get in the playoffs is probably winning this week, and coming with the attitude of ‘all-in.’ Basically, just push all your chips in, and this is what I got.’’ Quinney’s poker face may have helped early on with an impressive string of five straight birdies beginning on the 12th hole — he started on the back nine.

A bigger name may just need to make the cut to make sure he’s in the playoffs — Ernie Els started the week at No. 126 in the standings, and now he’s one of 10 golfers tied for fourth, two strokes off the lead. “I said to the guys, ‘My playoffs started this week. If I don’t play well this week, I’m not advancing,’” said the South African. “Most of the other guys have four playoff events. I have five.’’

Gainey, a South Carolina native, made four birdies and an eagle on his front nine and matched the best round of his career. Fabian Gomez delivered the PGA Tour’s third albatross of the season, holing a 5-wood from 250 yards for double-eagle on the par-5 15th.

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