Credit (the other) David Robinson with this assist
David Robinson will never be confused with David Robinson.
One is an NBA Hall of Famer. The other is a 5-foot-9-inch, 175-pound Nationwide Tour player from Sandersville, Ga.
The latter is scheduled to be at TPC Sawgrass for next week’s Players Championship. No, not because of some mysterious exemption. He’ll be on the bag for Tommy Gainey, who’ll likely be making his first Players appearance after a hot start to 2011. (This year’s FedEx Cup points list is used to fill the field; at No. 23, Gainey is the highest-ranked player not yet exempt.)
Gainey’s regular caddie is out with a bad back, so Gainey asked Robinson, his former roommate on the mini-tours, to pick up the bag. Robinson said he has caddied for Gainey about a half-dozen times. They’re also married to sisters.
“I know his game really well from all the traveling and playing we’ve done together,” said Robinson, who Monday qualified for the 2009 Wyndham Championship.
Carrying the bag also has benefits for Robinson. “I think watching other guys play in a PGA Tour event, even caddying, you can learn a lot from that.”
Gainey’s best finish with Robinson on the bag, according to Robinson, was a tie for eighth at the 2007 Cox Classic on the Nationwide Tour.
Robinson, who has conditional Nationwide Tour status, hasn’t made a start on that circuit this season after finishing 143rd at last December’s Q-School. He’s been competing on the eGolf Professional Tour, missing three of four cuts and finishing 15th in his other start.
His week at TPC Sawgrass could be his most lucrative this year, considering the caddie’s standard 10 percent commission.
“He takes very good care of me, that’s for sure,” Robinson said.
Gainey is No. 25 on the PGA Tour money list, with $1,250,497 in earnings this season.