The PGA Tour heads to coastal Georgia for the third event of the Fall Series as the Seaside Course hosts The McGladrey Classic. Who will put together a big week as the 2012 PGA Tour season nears its conclusion?
Click here for a full list of first round tee times. Here are a few groups to keep an eye on this week in Sea Island, Ga.:
7:35 a.m. (off 10 tee): Tom Pernice, Jr., Kevin Chappell, Harris English
Chappell enters this week as the odd man out, currently 126th on the money list, and has two weeks left to play his way to a Tour card for 2013. As a Valdosta native, Sea Island resident and University of Georgia alum, English completes the Peach State trifecta and will likely have some serious fan support from the hometown crowds. Pernice, meanwhile, continues to serve as an example for Vijay Singh among others that a PGA/Champions Tour double-dip is possible.
Two of the area's more popular residents find themselves paired with the defending champion for the first two rounds. Love calls Sea Island home, while Johnson now resides in neighboring St. Simons Island. The pair were together as captain and player at the Ryder Cup, and while Johnson is making his first start since Medinah, Love seemingly has not yet taken a break since putting down his walkie-talkie for the final time. Crane, who a year ago won in a playoff over Webb Simpson, tees it up a week after a back injury forced him to withdraw from the Frys.com Open.
Blixt became the third rookie to win on Tour this year with his victory at CordeValle, and now is making a serious push for Rookie of the Year honors. Toms, whose name is among the leaders for the U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy in 2014, is making his first start since withdrawing from the Deutsche Bank Championship for personal reasons and knows a thing or two about playing golf in SEC country. Furyk is playing for the first time since the Ryder Cup, hoping to erase some of the painful memories of Medinah and end his season on a high note.
Having found the fountain of youth, 49-year-old Singh tees it up again on the heels of his T-4 finish last week, his best result on Tour in over a year. Woodland (T-9) and Howell (T-11) also turned in much-needed solid performances at CordeValle. This group could produce some of the longest drives of the week on the Seaside Course, with each player averaging at least 295 yards off the tee this season.
Georgia resident Cink will have support from the galleries as he pairs with two of the game's best young guns. Cauley will be looking to improve upon last year's T-15 result as he seeks his fifth top-10 finish in the last nine starts of his impressive rookie campaign. Day, meanwhile, continues to bounce back from mid-season injury woes and finished in solo fourth position in Las Vegas the last time he teed it up two weeks ago.
1:35 p.m. (1 tee): Bobby Gates, Alexandre Rocha, Jason Kokrak
A trio of men looking to continue their late-season momentum as their focus closes on the magic number for the next month - 125. Kokrak's runner-up result last week got him on the right side of the number (currently 117th on the money list), while at 128th Rocha still has some work to do despite his T-4 finish at CordeValle. Gates is a bit further back at 137th, and although he missed the cut last week he does have a T-13 showing from Vegas the week prior upon which he can hope to build.