McGladrey has tentative approval to expand field


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The primary drawback to the PGA Tour’s new wraparound calendar was a limited number of starts for players coming out of the reworked Tour qualifying system, and part of that problem was deeper-than-expected fields in the fall events.

But news this week suggests the Tour may have found some relief for that issue.

Officials at this week’s McGladrey Classic have asked the Tour to go to a two-course rotation, using the Seaside layout, which has hosted the first five events, as well as the adjacent Plantation course. This would allow officials to expand the field to 156 players.

The five domestic fall events currently have 132-man fields and the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions, which are played in Asia, have 78 players.

Tour officials visited the Plantation course this summer and have given the tournament tentative approval to expand, and it seems likely next year’s McGladrey Classic will be a little more crowded.