McGladrey host Love III grouped with Kuchar, English


Several notable pairings will have a distinctly Southern appeal to them this week at The McGladrey Classic, as the PGA Tour conducts its final event of the calendar year in the U.S. Here are a few groups to keep an eye on at Sea Island, including a trio of players with longstanding ties to the Peach State that includes the tournament host (all times ET):

7:20 a.m. (No. 10 tee): Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Boo Weekley

Johnson is one of the most notable golf residents of the Sea Island/St. Simon's Island area, while Simpson was a runner-up here in 2011 in his most recent appearance, losing in a playoff to Ben Crane. They'll play together Thursday and Friday alongside Boo Weekley, who won earlier this year at Colonial and has experienced success previously in the Southeast, winning the RBC Heritage in nearby Hilton Head in 2007 and 2008.

7:40 a.m. (No. 10 tee): Y.E. Yang, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh

This trio boasts a total of six major titles between them, although Yang's triumph at Hazeltine during the 2009 PGA Championship serves as the most recent of those six marquee victories. Goosen is looking to rebound after a 2013 season largely plagued by injury, while Singh has played well in both starts so far in 2013-14, finishing second at the Open and tying for 23rd the following week in Las Vegas.

Noon (No. 1 tee): Harris English, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III

A longtime resident of Sea Island, Love III is serving two roles this week as both player and tournament host. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Kuchar, a Georgia Tech alum who also has ties to this week's venue, as well as English, a former University of Georgia standout who recorded his first career PGA Tour win this summer at the Fedex St. Jude Classic.

12:10 p.m. (No. 1 tee): Tommy Gainey, Kevin Na, Charley Hoffman

Gainey is back at Sea Island this week as the event's defending champion, having rallied with a closing 60 a year ago to win his maiden Tour title. He'll be joined in the early rounds by Na, who tied for third at CordeValle last month as he looks to rebound from injury, and Hoffman, who finished fourth the following week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.