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| ||The PGA Tour returns to Georgia this week for The McGladrey Classic. This
will be the second year of the tournament, and in year one, Heath Slocum
earned his fourth tour victory. Slocum fired three straight 66s to open the
event, then closed with a two- under 68 to hold off Bill Haas. Slocum drained
a 60-foot birdie effort from off the green on the 16th to take a two-shot
lead into the final two holes. He needed that extra shot too because he
bogeyed the last to cut his winning margin to one. The birdie putt was
probably his biggest putt since a 21-foot par-saver to win The Barclays one
year earlier. Haas, who had won the week before, eagled the 15th to close the
gap, but he could only par the final three holes to take second by himself.
The tournament was pushed back a week from last year and is the penultimate
event of the Fall Series. With the money title on the line, Webb Simpson is
playing this week in an effort to overtake Luke Donald atop the money list.
Simpson is about $69,000 behind Donald, and would need a top-15 finish to
take over the money list lead. Golf Channel has three hours of coverage all
four days. The tour heads to Disney World next week for the Children`s
Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Robert Garrigus closed with an eight-under
64 last year to win by three strokes over Roland Thatcher.