The CMN Hospitals Classic takes the stage this week from Walt Disney World Resort, where PGA Tour pros will be paired with amateurs during the event's first two rounds at the Magnolia and Palm courses. As the Fall Series draws to a conclusion, here are a few pairings to keep an eye on during Thursday's action:
Notable tee times (all times Thursday ET):
6:45 a.m. (Palm Course, #1 tee): Chris DiMarco, Billy Horschel
In a tournament slated during the heart of football season, a pair of Gators find themselves drawn together for Thursday's first round. At 148th on the money list, Horschel finds himself in need of a good week to secure fully-exempt status for 2012. DiMarco will be looking to end the season on a positive note after missing six cuts in his last eight starts, and will be drawn with Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields as part of the pro-am feature of this event.
7:25 a.m. (Palm Course, #10): Davis Love III, Stewart Cink
A pair of major winners will walk the fairways together in this group, as Love - who recorded his most recent Tour victory here in 2008 - will look to improve upon his T-4 finish at last month's McGladrey Classic. Cink will be making only his third start since the PGA Championship, having endured a difficult season but comforted by the fact that his fully-exempt status extends through 2014 based on his triumph at Turnberry three years ago.
7:35 a.m. (Palm Course, #10): Camilo Villegas, Gary Woodland
A pair of players here who not long ago were viewed as rising stars, but who have struggled mightily this year. Woodland battled a wrist injury in the spring, and his T-9 finish at the Frys.com Open is his lone top-10 result of 2012. Although he is currently 131st on the money list, Woodland will have full playing privileges next year based on his win at last year's Transitions Championship. Villegas, however, is two years removed from his last Tour win and finds his status for next year in jeopardy. At 150th on the money list, the Colombian will need a strong result this week to gain a 2013 Tour card, and must remain in the top 150 if he wants to at least secure conditional status on the Web.com Tour next year.
7:55 a.m. (Palm Course, #10): Gary Christian, Alexandre Rocha
With No. 126 on the money list, Trevor Immelman, secure through 2013 based on his 2008 Masters victory, Christian (No. 127) and Rocha (No. 128) are the true "bubble boys" this week at Disney. Christian is currently $3,504 behind Billy Mayfair for the final exempt spot on the year-end money list, and while he has made the cut eight times in his last nine events, he has not cracked the top 20 since the Reno-Tahoe Open. Rocha enters the week $11,340 behind Christian, but has momentum on his side after a T-4 finish at the Frys.com Open last month.
10:45 a.m. (Palm Course, #1): Brian Harman, Harris English
Not to be outdone by the Gator pairing earlier in the morning, Harman and English will be able to trade tales of life at the University of Georgia while strolling the fairways Thursday. A friendly wager might even be conjured this week, as the two Bulldogs - having both eclipsed $1.1 million in earnings this year - are separated on the money list by only $723 entering the week, with English (No. 84) holding a slim lead over Harman (No. 85). Harman will be paired with MLB catcher A.J. Pierzynski for the pro-am portion of Thursday's round.
11:25 a.m. (Palm Course, #10): Heath Slocum, Brendan Steele
Two years removed from his last Tour win at The McGladrey Classic, Slocum finds himself 141st on the money list and in need of a good showing this week at Disney in order to retain playing status for 2013. Steele, meanwhile, has followed a difficult summer with a solid second half to his season, recording three top-20 finishes in his last five starts. To be filed under "you can't make this stuff up," Slocum's amateur partner for Thursday's round is, appropriately, Heath Slocumb.
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