PGA Tour winner Tommy Gainey has been ordered to attend a human trafficking class after his arrest in a massive prostitution sting, The Sun reports.
The golfer, nicknamed “Two Gloves”, was caught up in “Operation Santa’s Naughty List”, a Florida police raid that led to more than 120 arrests.
Gainey, 44, who has a wife and two young children, was arrested last December and faced a first-degree misdemeanour charge but will avoid time behind bars and instead serve an 11-month probation.
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The American — who was caught on video agreeing to pay an undercover cop AU$89 for sex — must also perform up to 100 hours of community service and pay fines and fees worth $9306.
He could see his probation period reduced if he meets the requirements of the deal quickly.
Tommy Gainey at the Korn Ferry Tour Q-School Tournament FinalsSource:Getty Images
Gainey shot to fame on the Golf Channel’s Big Break show in 2005. He became somewhat of a fan favourite with his unusual swing and preference for wearing a glove on each hand while playing.
Gainey has made more than $9.71 million in his golf career and won the 2012 McGladrey Classic on the PGA Tour.
But he lost his playing rights on the lucrative top tier and had join the Korn Ferry Tour — golf’s equivalent of the Championship.
He broke his duck when winning the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic last month and could regain his PGA Tour card for next year.
Gainey made reference to the prostitution case in his victory speech.
“With the injuries that I’ve been through, the other troubles that I’ve had … I’m very lucky and very blessed. This means everything,” he said.
WOODS TO SKIP MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP
Tiger Woods is among four players from the top 10 who are skipping the Mexico Championship next week, a World Golf Championships event with no cut and a $15.6 million purse.
Woods, who tied for 10th last year at Chapultepec Golf Club but was never in serious contention, did not offer a reason and was vague when asked about his schedule this week. He shot 73 in the morning at the Genesis Invitational, where he is the tournament host.
Tiger Woods is one of four platyers in teh top 10 to skip the Championship.Source:AFP
“I’ve been so busy with this event and trying to deal with all the little things that I haven’t really focused on next week,” Woods said.
Brooks Koepka is skipping for the second time in three years, the first time by choice. He had a wrist injury in 2018, and Koepka will be playing his hometown Honda Classic the following week.
Also skipping Mexico City from the top 10 are Justin Rose for the second straight year and Patrick Cantlay, who is having elective surgery on his septum next week to be ready for The Players Championship and the weeks leading to the Masters.
Three other players from the top 50 are not playing — Rickie Fowler is missing for the first time, Henrik Stenson is missing for the second time in three years. and Jason Day has never played in the Mexico Championship. Koepka, Rose and Stenson have not finished among the top 25, while Fowler’s best result was a tie for 16th.
This article was originally published in The Sun and was republished with permission.
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