Finchem confirms McGladrey expanded field


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – While McGladrey Classic officials remain reluctant to confirm the event will add a second course to its rotation next year and expand its field size, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem confirmed the move on Wednesday.

“This tournament will go to two courses and a bigger field. It’s been approved by the [policy] board,” Finchem said. “It’s healthy for the tournament and we’ll get more players here, a double pro-am, it will help everything.”

The plan is to add the adjacent Plantation course to the rotation and expand the field from 132 players to 156, and according to one tournament official it is only ongoing negotiations with Sea Island Resort that have delayed the announcement.

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“We need to get more spots for the young guys in the beginning of the year, so I think it would be great to play both [courses],” said tournament host Davis Love III.

The event will also move to a new date next season in hopes of creating a more traditional spot on the schedule. Although the Tour initially wanted the Sea Island stop to be played the week after the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, officials requested Nov. 19-22 which is a week later and will be the last fall event on the schedule.

“It could be a little cold front go through, but we had one last Tuesday that came through and once it cleared out we’ve had beautiful weather,” Love said. “That’s always a possibility.”