PGA Tour Expert Picks: McGladrey Classic

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The 2013-2014 PGA Tour season got going early this time around and we're already on the fifth (!) tournament of the season.

Let's do a little Q&A on what to expect from this week's event.

What is it?

McGladrey Classic, the fifth event (of six total) of the fall portion of the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season. 

Where is it?

Seaside Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia. Davis Love III, who lives in Sea Island, helps run the event

Is Tiger Woods playing? 

Tiger Woods is not playing, but you can catch him in Turkey later this week!

When is it?

Nov. 7-10

What is the purse?

$5.5 million, $990,000 to the winner.

How can I watch it?

Golf Channel from 1-6 p.m. Eastern Thursday through Sunday.

Who's playing?

Some notable names include Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Harris English, Charles Howell III, Boo Weekley, and Brendon de Jonge.

Who are the former champions?

2012 -- Tommy Gainey
2011 -- Ben Crane
2010 -- Heath Slocum

So who are you picking?

I'm glad you asked. Here are my picks for the McGladrey Classic:


Matt Kuchar (12-1) -- I'm really going out on a limb here, I know. Kuchar also lives in Sea Island and I think the locals will be celebrating a win for him on Sunday evening. Kuchar finished T25 in 2010 in the inaugural tournament and T20 in 2011 before not playing last year. This is his first event of the 2013-14 season and I think he starts this season just like he started last season (extremely hot).

Lock for top 10

Charles Howell III (25-1) -- Howell has played this tournament all three years of its existence and has finished T6, T32, and T7. So if you believe in history (and this year's field is weaker than years past) Howell has a good chance to make some noise on the weekend.

Plus the former Oklahoma State Cowboy is on a bit of a hot streak. He's played three tournaments of the new season and finished in the top seven in two of them. I think he keeps it up this weekend in Georgia.


Davis Love III (150-1) -- I promise I'm not taking Love because he lives here and helps host the tournament. He actually finished T4 last year and T33 in 2010 and talked at the Presidents Cup about how competitive he still is (he wants to make a Ryder Cup team, still!) 

He knows the rhythms of this week and this tournament as well as anyone in the field and I'll take a flyer on him at 150-1. If anything he gives you somebody to root for this weekend.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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