McGladrey participants scrambling to reach Malaysia


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – If Sunday’s playoff at the McGladrey Classic seemed like a scramble, it was followed by the real action at Sea Island Resort.

Of the 132 players in the field, 22 were bound for this week’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Of those, 12 made the cut, including tournament host Davis Love III.

Love, who had to wait until the end of the playoff to award champion Robert Streb the trophy, planned to take a private flight from St. Simons Island to New York, where he would catch a flight to Qatar and then Kuala Lampur.

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He will have plenty of company on that private flight to New York, as Brendon de Jonge (T-2), Will MacKenzie (T-2) and Stewart Cink (T-32) had to miss their flights out of Jacksonville, Fla., because of late tee times.

It will be a particularly long journey for the likes of MacKenzie and de Jonge, who both lost a playoff to Streb.

“I’ll recover on the 300-hour flight I have coming,” said MacKenzie following his bogey on the first extra hole. “I’ll go say goodbye to my children; that’s the bummer.”

Love, MacKenzie and company are scheduled to get into Kuala Lampur on Tuesday morning, but they won’t be joined by Streb. Although the third-year Tour player was scheduled to play the CIMB Classic, he decided to withdraw from the event following his victory.

“I told my wife, if I won, I wasn’t going to CIMB,” he said.