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Sunday, November 3, 2013

The McGladrey Classic - Preview

The PGA TOUR moves from China to the Georgia coast for The McGladrey Classic. For the fourth time, the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club will serve as the host. So, in the early stages of our research, what do we know?

  • The Seaside Course is a par 70, 7,005 yard layout with a pair of medium-length par 5s and four par 3s. 
  • As the yardage may suggest, length does not appear to play out as a statistical factor.
  • If you're looking for a stat to hang your hat on, perhaps check out some stats a little outside of the norm like Proximity and Par 4 Scoring. There are examples of guys like D.J. Trahan ranking very high in driving accuracy and GIR, yet struggling in SGP on the way to a high finish, and just as many other cases of guys who putted their way to the top.
  • This course is situated on the coast, so wind can be a factor. The forecast for this week looks a little cooler and a little windier than last year. That is due in part to a move from mid-October to November.
  • That guys like Charlie Beljan, Brendon de Jonge and last year's winner, Tommy Gainey, have fared very well here suggests that guys with a streaky tendency can figure out a way to get hot. 
  • Give a hard look to the Sea Island mafia. Because of the later date on the schedule, they may have an advantage with understanding the weather a little better than others.
  • Consider how you intend to handle players coming from the WGC-HSBC Champions. That's a 12-hour difference, but they are picking up the hours. Actually, with the time change it may be a 13 hour difference. 
  • There's a big jump in purse this year to $5.5 million, with the winner capturing $990,000. It was $4 million and $720,000 last year. Why does that matter? Could have one-and-done implications. While you wouldn't have considered a guy like Webb Simpson last year, he is worth a hard look this season.

We'll put our nose to the grindstone and come up with a list of worthy competitors for tomorrow night's Power Rankings. Until then, happy research! 

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