November 5 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
The McGladrey Classic, which is the fifth of six fall events in the PGA TOUR's new wrap-around season, features a field that includes 16 major champions, nine players who won tournaments in 2013 and one of the four champs from this year.
For the first time this week, they'll be chasing a full slate of FedExCup points and all the benefits that go with winning an official PGA TOUR event for the first time. In addition, the purse has increased $1.5 million to a total of $5.5 million.
Here are some groups PGATOUR.COM thinks are worth watching during the first two rounds. You can use the Comments section below to let us know which pairings most interest you.
Stewart Cink, David Toms and Justin Leonard: Cink and Leonard have already won on the South Carolina coast -- but their wins came about two hours to the north at Hilton Head. Toms closed with a 63 and finished second at last year's McGladrey Classic while tying for third in 2010.
Davis Love, Matt Kuchar and Harris English: This will be a popular group with all three players making their homes at Sea Island. The tournament's official host, Love will be making his 681st start on TOUR this week. He tied for fourth at the McGladrey Classic a year ago while Kuchar, a two-time winner in 2013, has played in the tournament twice with a tie for 20th his best performance and English tied for 15th in his 2012 debut.
Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson and Boo Weekley: All three of these players have momentum. Simpson won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his last start, breaking a victory drought that stretched back to his 2011 U.S. Open win. Johnson has top-10 finishes in seven of his last nine starts, including a win at the BMW championship. Weekley started his 2013-14 season in Asia and tied for 11th last week at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
Charles Howell, Darren Clarke and Lucas Glover: Darren Clarke, who rejoined the PGA TOUR this year, is making his first start at the McGladrey Classic, as well as of the season. Howell has two top-10s in three starts at the McGladrey Classic, including last year's tie for seventh. Glover is playing at Sea Island for the thrid time but his first since 2011 when he posted four rounds in the 60s and tied for 15th.