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The Tour Report

October 15 2011

1:11 PM

Saturday's final pair has very SEC feel

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Florida’s Gators fell to the Crimson tide of Alabama 38-10 on the gridiron on Oct. 1. The Gators have a chance for some revenge two Saturday’s later, this matchup occurring on the Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga. Former Gator, and SEC Champion Billy Horschel and Alabama graduate Michael Thompson, another former SEC Champion, tee off at 1:10 p.m. ET in Saturday’s final pairing at the McGladrey Classic. Horschel, at 12 under, leads Thompson and Webb Simpson by two shots. Horschel and Thompson both competed in the 2007 SEC Championships at the Seaside Course with Thompson finishing T4 and Horschel T16, five shots behind him. Thompson entered the final day a shot behind Horschel, but his final-round 67 created a six-shot swing. The two were back in the SEC Championships, this event at Frederica Golf Club (also in St. Simons Island) in 2008. Michael Thompson was the event medalist as his Crimson Tide rolled to an eight shot victory in the overall competition. Horschel, whose Gators came in fourth, was his school’s low-man finishing in a tie for 7th. Thompson graduated after that championship, but Horschel returned in 2009 to claim medalist honors at Frederica. His 206-stroke total was two better than Thompson’s the previous year, but Horschel’s Gators finished third behind Georgia and Arkansas. Who followed in Thompson's footsteps as Alabama’s low scorer in 2009? Bud Cauley, who went out at 11:12 this morning and is currently tied for 43rd at Sea Island. Click here to follow Horschel and Thompson in the final pairing.