Power Rankings: The McGladrey Classic

October 04, 2010
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist

At last, we get a taste for why so many touring pros plant themselves in Sea Island, Georgia.

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The McGladrey Classic will be contested for the first time this week. Tournament host and long-time local, Davis Love III, is in the field, as are fellow members of Team McGladrey -- Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco. Sea Island's famed Seaside Course will play host. It was originally designed in 1929 by Harry S. Colt and Charles Alison. Tom Fazio was brought in 70 years later for an update. The title sponsor is on board for three years.

Seaside is a par 70 measuring 7,055 yards. Given that it is new to most of the 132 teeing it up, putting will favor the guys more familiar with the undulations. Otherwise, ball-strikers and scramblers alike should also fare well, as should those that score well on par 4s, given that there are two fewer par 5s in every round.

Its location on the ocean makes it vulnerable to the wind, but only moderate breezes are expected during what will be a perfect week of weather. Nothing but sunshine and high temperatures around 80 degrees are forecast.

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Power Rankings: The McGladrey Classic
Rank Player   Comment
Sea Island is his home course. Finished tied for fifth at the Viking Classic, where he ranked fourth in greens hit. Five top-25s over his last nine starts. Ranks 25th on the PGA TOUR in GIR and 39th in scrambling.
Late entry. One of four in the field that competed at East Lake (Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Bo Van Pelt). Injuries have hurt his ball-striking numbers, but he's still eighth in the all-around and 29th in sand saves. Even better if the wind blows.
First start since the Deutsche Bank Championship. Has worked with noted Sea Island instructor Todd Anderson, so he's familiar with the grounds. Currently 28th in ball-striking and 14th in par-4 performance.
Career year continues. Despite a 1 over weekend, tied for third at the Viking, where he ranked tied for 11th in greens and third in putting. Sits 31st on the PGA TOUR in ball-striking and 40th in putting. Currently tied for third in the Kodak Challenge.
Last event on his proposed schedule via his Web site. Finished tied for 11th at Annandale, ranking tied for 18th in greens, first in proximity to the hole, eighth in putting and tied for third in birdies. He's 55th in ball-striking and 37th in scrambling.
Closed out a tie for 29th at the Viking Classic with a bogey-free, 3-under 69 that included 14 greens in regulation, usually his weakness. Relies heavily on his game on and around greens, where he leads then TOUR in scrambling and sits fourth in putting.
Although a solid fit for Seaside -- 13th in ball-striking -- he's discounted this week based on how much he likes Annandale, where he finished tied for 13th in fairways, tied for 18th in greens hit, tied for fourth in putting and first in birdies.
Three top-15s in his last four starts, including a tie for 11th at the Viking, where he suffered just six bogeys (nothing worse) all week. Still one of the best tee-to-green (seventh in ball-striking). Sits just two strokes back in the Kodak Challenge.
Rare appearance for a rookie in this feature, but deserving. Coming off a tie for fifth at the Viking, where he closed with field-tying-low 68. Ranked third in greens for the week. Enters Sea Island second on TOUR in ball-striking and 29th in scrambling.
Coming off solid run in the FedExCup Playoffs and 2-1-0 record at the Ryder Cup, so burnout is a concern. However, he's one of the faces of the title sponsor. Season stats are weighed down by slow start, and local knowledge is invaluable.

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