Brian Gay romped home with a closing round of 64 to win the Verizon Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links by an incredible 10 shots from Briny Baird and Luke Donald.

The 37-year-old finished the week on a record total of -20 to claim his second PGA Tour victory. He earned a cheque for $1,026,000 plus 500 valuable FedEx Cup points. He also gained an automatic invitation to next year’s Masters.

“I’ve had a lot of heartache not getting in that tournament, winning and not getting in, and missing by one spot on the money list two times,” he said.

Gay began the final round three shots clear of New Zealand’s Tim Wilkinson. But, after just two holes, the American’s lead was virtually unassailable. He opened with a birdie then holed a monster putt for eagle on the second to increase his advantage to six.

“I told myself to keep my head down and keep plugging along,” Gay said. “I didn’t watch any leaderboards. I didn’t watch anything.”

He didn’t need to worry, his lead kept extending. The only threat to Gay was that he wouldn’t break Loren Robert’s tournament scoring record. When he made bogey at the 12th, it looked as though he might fall short of Robert’s record mark of -19. But birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th meant Gay finished on -20 and beat Robert’s total by one.

After a slow start to the week, England’s Luke Donald charged through the field over the weekend with rounds of 65 and 66. He finished in a tie for second place with Briny Baird.

Boo Weekley, aiming for a third straight Verizon Heritage title, finished the week in a tie for 13th.

Verizon Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Apr 16-19, purse $5,700,000, par 71

1    Brian Gay (USA)        67    66    67    64    264    $1,026,000
T2    Briny Baird (USA)        69    72    65    68    274    $501,600
T2    Luke Donald (Eng)    73    70    65    66    274    $501,600

T4    Todd Hamilton (USA)    68    66    71    70    275    $250,800
T4    Lee Janzen (USA)        65    70    69    71    275    $250,800
T6    Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp) 68    71    70    67    276    $198,075
T6    Tim Wilkinson (NZ)    71    67    65    73    276    $198,075
T8    Tim Petrovic (USA)    68    70    69    70    277    $165,300
T8    Rory Sabbatini (RSA)    70    68    73    66    277    $165,300
T8    Matt Weibring (USA)    70    70    69    68    277    $165,300

Note: Players in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only