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PGA - The McGladrey Classic Preview

Thursday, October 23rd through Sunday, October 26th
Sea Island Resort (Seaside Course), St. Simons Island, Georgia
Course Architect: | Par: 70 | Yardage: 7,005

Hole By Hole

Front Nine: Par 35 3,455 yds

  • 1 - Par 4 417 yds
  • 2 - Par 4 415 yds
  • 3 - Par 3 204 yds
  • 4 - Par 4 429 yds
  • 5 - Par 4 409 yds
  • 6 - Par 3 179 yds
  • 7 - Par 5 582 yds
  • 8 - Par 4 368 yds
  • 9 - Par 4 452 yds

Back Nine: Par 35 3,550 yds

  • 10 - Par 4 418 yds
  • 11 - Par 4 425 yds
  • 12 - Par 3 223 yds
  • 13 - Par 4 408 yds
  • 14 - Par 4 442 yds
  • 15 - Par 5 565 yds
  • 16 - Par 4 407 yds
  • 17 - Par 3 192 yds
  • 18 - Par 4 470 yds

Tournament Info

Annual
5th
Television
Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 2-5 p.m. (et), - Thursday/Sunday -- 8-11 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion
Chris Kirk
Runner-Up
Briny Baird, Tim Clark
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
$5,700,000
Shares
1st Place - $1,026,000; 2nd Place - $615,600; 3rd Place - $387,600

Tournament Finishes

2013

  • Chris Kirk (266)
  • Briny Baird (267)
  • Tim Clark (267)
  • Scott Brown (268)
  • Brian Gay (268)
  • John Senden (268)
  • Matt Every (270)
  • Webb Simpson (270)
  • Matt Kuchar (270)
  • Six players at (272)

Past Winners

2013

Winner:
Chris Kirk (266)
Runner Up:
Briny Baird, Tim Clark

2012

Winner:
Tommy Gainey (264)
Runner Up:
David Toms

2011

Winner:
*Ben Crane (265)
Runner Up:
Webb Simpson

2010

Winner:
Heath Slocum (266)
Runner Up:
Bill Haas
* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders

Player2010201120122013------
Chris KirkT-15mcT-64Won
Webb SimpsonT-122nd---T-7
Matt KucharT-25T-20---T-7
Jason Kokrak------T-27T-10
Zach JohnsonT-12mcT-49T-16
Heath SlocumWonT-15T-61T-16
David TomsT-3mc2ndT-27
Tommy Gainey----mcWonmc
Davis Love IIIT-33mcT-4mc
Ben Martin---68th---mc
Bill Haas2nd---------

Sports Network Selections

Pick To Win:
Webb Simpson
Darkhorse
Russell Knox
Last Week's Pick To Win - Hideki Matsuyama
Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Martin Laird
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-23 players in the world are competing this week - Sea Island residents Matt Kuchar (9), Zach Johnson (15) and defending champion Chris Kirk (23). Sea Island resident Davis Love III is also in the field and will be the tournament host. The purse increased $200,000 from last year to $5.7 million, with the winner receiving $1,026,000. 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, Kirk took advantage of a costly mistake by Briny Baird on the last hole of the final round to earn a 1-stroke victory. Kirk carded a 4-under 66 during his final round to claim his second career victory on the PGA Tour at 14-under-par 266. Baird bogeyed his final hole to finish in a share of second place with Tim Clark. In 2012, 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 Webb 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 Malaysia for the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, where Ryan Moore captured the title last season. 10/21 13:08:57 ET
 
 
 
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