Thursday, April 11, 2013

McGladrey Heading to The Masters!


In case you missed it, during a news conference yesterday morning, Augusta National Golf Club and Masters Tournament Chairman Billy Payne announced that the winner of The McGladrey Classic (and other October and November PGA TOUR events) will receive an invitation to play in the Masters beginning in 2014! That means that the winner of this year’s McGladrey Classic (Nov. 4 – 10) will play in the 2014 Masters! Team McGladrey Member, 20-time PGA TOUR winner and McGladrey Classic Host Davis Love III had this to say about the exciting news:

Every pro wants to be invited to play in the Masters. We thank Mr. Payne and the Masters team for providing our McGladrey Classic champion with the opportunity to play for the green jacket.

(Speaking of Davis, his birthday is this weekend – Sat., April 13. If you want to send him birthday wishes, you can do that here, and we’ll be sure to pass along your good wishes; or…if you’re on Twitter, you can reach out to him on Twitter. His handle: @Love3D.)         

This is the second major announcement enhancing the potential strength of The McGladrey Classic player field. Late last year, the PGA TOUR decided to eliminate the Fall Series and position The McGladrey Classic and other former Fall Series events as the first tournaments of the 2013-2014 season. This change qualifies players for FedExCup points. Great news for The McGladrey Classic and tournament players – making an already great event even better! We’re looking forward to returning to Sea Island in November!  

But we’re not waiting until then to put on our golf shoes! Play starts today at the 2013 Masters in Augusta, Georgia. (Shhh…don’t tell anyone but several of us here at McGladrey will be sneaking into the break room throughout the day to catch glimpses of the tournament and to cheer on Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson who is in group #11!)

With the Masters being one of the most respected PGA TOUR tournaments, we’ve seen article after article about favorite memories and random facts about the tournament. Two of our favorite memories are when Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco went to a sudden-death playoff with Tiger Woods in 2005 and then in 2007, when Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson WON the Masters. (This was Johnson’s first major championship and second PGA Tour victory.) Both were nail-biters and had us on the edge of our seats! What are your favorite Masters memories?   

One of our favorite reads so far this season: Golf Digest’s “behind-the-scenes” memories from The Masters. Below is Zach Johnson’s section from the article:

Masters champions get to bring out one guest on Sunday, the eve of Masters week. Last year I invited my dad. We played with Fuzzy [Zoeller] and his buddy. My dad was very nervous; he really wanted to play well. He's about a 10-handicapper, and although he didn't say anything, I think he had a goal in mind of what he wanted to shoot. He parred the first hole and was off and running. He played well, Fuzzy was entertaining, and we had lunch in the clubhouse afterward. Watching my dad have a great day like he did was a thrill I'll never forget.

As a reminder, if you’re around St. Simon’s Island on Sat., April 27, be sure to attend the Rites of Spring for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! All proceeds will benefit Safe Harbor’s Children’s Center. Click here to find out more information.

Check back in next week for more news on Team McGladrey and the 2013 McGladrey Classic.