Tournament Preview: The McGladrey Classic (Oct 18 – Oct 21, 2012)
The 84-year-old Seaside Course at Georgia’s St. Simons Island will be playing host to the 2012 McGladrey Classic from October 18th through the 21st. In terms of competition, the beautiful Seaside Course has proven to be a relatively easy track – that is, if you know how to putt. This year’s McGladrey Classic will host a field of 132 players coming to Georgia and compete on a course that tests even the best putters. The greens are tough and average putts per round come in at 30.73.
With a scoring average of 69.571, Seaside is the fourth lowest among 14 par 70s with 25 more eagles but 138 fewer birdies then the normal par 70s out there. The track measures 7,005 yards and, its par 5s — holes 7 and 15 – are ranked as the 17th- and 18th-handicap holes in each of its two years as host.
Rain threatens late on Thursday through Friday but otherwise it looks like we’re in for a decent weekend forecast. Once the rain clears temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 70s with increased sunshine and light-to-moderate winds.
A couple of big names are among the field this week. Jim Furyk is back in action for the first time since the Ryder Cup to compete at this year’s McGladrey. Furyk finished T11 last year at Seaside and led the field in fairways hit and T2 in GIR. Ryder Cup teammate Zach Johnson ranks 12th on TOUR in stokes gained-putting and only missed one cut in 2012.
Keep your eyes on last week’s winner at the Frys.com open, Jonas Blixt. The young pro has been playing well in the Fall Series and could continue to shine. Lastly, we’re all in anticipation waiting to see if Vijay will finally hold on and win a tournament. We think this could be the week.