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PGA - The McGladrey Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, November 7th through Sunday, November 10th
SITE: Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course), St. Simons Island, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry S. Colt & Charles Alison (1929),
         Joe Lee (1973), Tom Fazio (1999)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,005
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 417 yds10 - Par 4 418 yds
2 - Par 4 415 yds11 - Par 4 425 yds
3 - Par 3 204 yds12 - Par 3 223 yds
4 - Par 4 429 yds13 - Par 4 408 yds
5 - Par 4 409 yds14 - Par 4 442 yds
6 - Par 3 179 yds15 - Par 5 565 yds
7 - Par 5 582 yds16 - Par 4 407 yds
8 - Par 4 368 yds17 - Par 3 192 yds
9 - Par 4 452 yds18 - Par 4 470 yds
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35 3,455 yds35 3,550 yds
 
Annual:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 1-4 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Tommy Gainey
Runner-Up:  David Toms
Tournament Record:  264 (Tommy Gainey, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Michael Thompson, 2011; Jim Furyk, Davis Love III, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Billy Horschel, 2011)
Course Record:  60 (Tommy Gainey, 2012)
Total Purse:  $5,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $990,000; 2nd Place - $594,000; 3rd Place - $374,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Tommy Gainey264D.J. Trahan268
David Toms265Chad Campbell269
Jim Furyk266Greg Owen269
Brendon de Jonge268Charles Howell III269
Davis Love III268Five players at270
 
Past McGladrey Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Tommy Gainey (264) -- David Toms
2011*Ben Crane (265) -- Webb Simpson
2010Heath Slocum (266) -- Bill Haas

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player201020112012
Tommy Gainey----mcWon
David TomsT-3mc2nd
Davis Love IIIT-33mcT-4
Sean O'Hair---T-15T-20
Ben Crane---WonT-27
Vijay Singh---mcT-27
Jason Kokrak------T-27
Zach JohnsonT-12mcT-49
Heath SlocumWonT-15T-61
Webb SimpsonT-122nd---
Matt KucharT-25T-20---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Webb Simpson
Darkhorse - Charles Howell III
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Nicolas Colsaerts) - Finished tied for 35th
Last week's Darkhorse (Jonas Blixt) - Finished 1st
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour travels to Georgia this week for The McGladrey Classic
at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Resort in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Three of the top 20 players in the world are competing this week - Sea Island residents Matt Kuchar (8) and Zach Johnson (13), and Webb Simpson (19). All three players were on the victorious United States Presidents Cup team. Sea Island resident Davis Love III is also in the field and will be the tournament host. The purse increased $1.5 million from last year to $5.5 million, with the winner receiving $990,000.

This will be Kuchar's first event of the 2013-14 season. He is coming off his best season as a professional in 2013, winning two times at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial. Johnson has finished in the top 10 in seven of his last nine events, including a victory at the BMW Championship in the PGA Tour Playoffs. Simpson is playing for the first time since winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open three weeks ago.

The Seaside Course is ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the United States by Golf Digest. It is situated on the southern tip of St. Simons Island and is a true oceanside course. Seaside was originally built as a 9-hole course by Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison in 1929. Joe Lee designed the Marshside nine in 1973. Tom Fazio transformed the two nines into the current Seaside Course in 1999. The tournament sponsor, McGladrey, is one of the country's leading accounting, tax and business consulting firms.

Last year, Tommy Gainey fired a course-record 60 in the final round to earn a surprising comeback win. Gainey entered the day seven shots off the pace, but used a strong back-9 stretch to jump in front. Needing a birdie on the last to shoot 59, Gainey dropped his approach inside 20 feet, but saw his birdie putt come up inches short. Instead, he settled for par and a career-best 60 to finish at 16-under 264 -- good for his first PGA Tour win.

In 2011, Ben Crane poured in eight birdies in a 10-hole span in the final round to get into a playoff, providing him the opportunity to 2-putt for par on the second playoff hole to beat Simpson. Crane fired a 7-under 63 in the final round and joined Simpson at 15-under-par 265. Crane's 63 was the lowest final round by a winner on the PGA Tour in 2011.

Heath Slocum made a key 60-foot birdie putt from off the 16th green to win by one shot over Bill Haas in 2010. With a sturdy stroke, Slocum sent his ball motoring toward the hole from the far side of the green. The putt, traveling too fast for all its 20 yards, was stopped dead in its tracks by the flag stick and dropped into the cup.

Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Mexico for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, where John Huh captured the 2012 title in his rookie season. In addition, the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge will take place in Nevada, as the PGA Tour will defend its title against the Champions Tour and LPGA Tour.

11/05 15:33:25 ET

As of November 5, 2013, at 03:33 PM ET

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