Brian Harman is at home in Georgia for The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course.
Harman tied for 27th in this event back in 2012 and returned last year to share 10th. That's steady progress for a local product who picked up his first PGA TOUR win just three months ago at the John Deere Classic. While this is his opener to the 2014-15 season, expect the University of Georgia product to contend.
Will MacKenzie will take on Sea Island Resort's Seaside course for the fourth time in this week's The McGladrey Classic.
MacKenzie has missed the cut here twice, with a T59 in 2010 the lone bright spot. This is his first start of the new season. After securing nine top-15 finishes in his first 13 starts last season, he missed 11 of his last 14 cuts and couldn't do any better than a T27 at the John Deere Classic. It will be interesting to see if his time off has him rested and back on track, or struggling as he was at season's end.
Fabian Gomez is set to tee it up for the first time in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at The McGladrey Classic.
Gomez played with conditional status on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR, teeing it up on four occasions and making two cuts. Focusing his attention on the Web.com Tour, he returns with full status on the PGA TOUR this season. He's played the Seaside Course on one previous occasion, tying for 64th in 2011. Entering the season 45th in the opening Web.com Tour reshuffle, it's of the utmost importance that he make the most of this opportunity.
Roger Sloan begins his rookie campaign on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR at The McGladrey Classic.
The Web.com Tour grad was unable to crack the field in the Frys.com Open or the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Given his struggle to get into early events, it is imperative that he rake in some cash and FedExCup points for future reshuffles. His most recent of two PGA TOUR starts came in the 2013 RBC Canadian Open, where he tied for 52nd.
Chris DiMarco begins his 2014-15 PGA TOUR season at The McGladrey Classic.
DiMarco has never skipped an edition of this event at Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course, and his loyalty was rewarded with a sponsor exemption this week. He missed the cut last season in what was one of just seven PGA TOUR starts. No longer playing a full schedule, DiMarco's fantasy value is minimal at best. His best finish here in four tries was a T45 in 2010.
Trevor Immelman has been added to the published field of this week's McGladrey Classic.
Immelman started the week as the eighth alternate. He gained entry when David Hearn withdrew. Despite being saddled with conditional status, the South African played in the first two tournament of the season on sponsor exemptions. His only payday came courtesy of a T46 at the Frys.com Open. Seaside has been good to him, so perhaps his third start of 2014-15 is the charm. Immelman took solo fifth here in 2011 and shared 20th place last year.
David Hearn has been removed from the published field of this week's McGladrey Classic.
The Canuck is the sixth to withdraw since the commitment deadline, but his wife is very pregnant, so he has an acceptable excuse to take the week off. He laid the foundation for a good season with a T7 in Las Vegas on Sunday. That trailed a T68 at Silverado the week before. Hearn owns a modest active streak of five consecutive rounds under par.
Cameron Beckman settled for a 3-over-par 37-36=73 at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club in this week's open qualifier for The McGladrey Classic.
The three-time PGA TOUR winner squared three bogeys and failed to pick off a par breaker to finish seven swings adrift of the five-way playoff needed to send the final two into the tournament proper. Other notables that failed to survive include: 66 (lost in playoff)--Marc Turnesa; Casey Wittenberg ... 68--D.J. Trahan; Patrick Sheehan; Ben Kohles; Todd Demsey ... 69--Justin Bolli; Brad Adamonis; Brad Elder; Darron Stiles ... 70--Chris Smith; Cliff Kresge; Kyle Thompson; Paul Claxton; Edward Loar ... 71--Jeff Klauk; David Branshaw ... 72--Kevin Johnson ... 73--Len Mattiace; Frank Lickliter II; Jamie Lovemark; Bubba Dickerson ... 74--Nick O'Hern; Gavin Coles; Tommy Biershenk.