PGA Tour: True South Classic preview

Defending champion Kirk is up against four major champions and one of the most in-form players in the world

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Thu, 19 Jul 2012

PGA Tour: True South Classic preview

With all the leading names from the PGA Tour teeing up at Royal Lytham & St Annes, World No.89 DA Points is the highest-ranked player in the field at the True South Classic in Mississippi.

But there are four former major champions in the field - Shaun Micheel, Mike Weir, Lee Janzen and Mark Brooks - as well as in-form Zimbabwean and favourite Brendon de Jonge, who has made 13 consecutive cuts and ranks highest in the FedEx Cup standings at No.37.

Having an event during Open Championship week provides ample opportunity for some of the lesser lights to shine, just as Chris Kirk proved last season when the little-known American fired four rounds in the 60s to oust George McNeill and Tom Pernice Jr by a stroke.

Since earning his first tour title, however, Kirk has endured an erratic season with just two top-ten finishes, highlighted by a tie for fifth at Colonial, and he’s understandably hoping a return to Annandale Golf Club helps re-boot his career.

“I have a lot of good memories from last year, on a golf course that really suits my game,” said the defending champion.

“These are some of the best greens we putt on all year. It’s hard not to like that. The speed is absolutely perfect and they roll so true.

“If you have a day where you’re rolling it well you can make a lot of putts and I certainly did that last year.”

True South Classic

Where?
Annandale Golf Club, Madison, Mississippi

When?
Thursday July 19 to Sunday July 22

The Course
Par-72; 7,199 yards

Purse
$3,600,000 (winner: $540,000)

Defending Champion
Chris Kirk (-22)

Tournament Records
Most wins: 2 Fred Funk (1998, 2004), Brian Henninger (1994, 1999) and Dwight Nevil (1973, 1974)
Lowest score to par: -22 Fred Funk (2004), Steve Lowery and Skip Kendall (2000)

Did you know?
This is the first year the event is known as the True South Classic. From 1999 to 2006, this event was known as the Southern Farm Bureau Classic, and from 2007 to 2011 as the Viking Classic.

Live Coverage
Thursday: Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Friday: Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Saturday: Sky Sports 3 from 8pm
Sunday: Sky Sports 3 from 8pm

 

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