Last week was The Masters. You may have heard of it. You may have heard it was played outside of April for the first time in 70+ years. By all accounts, it was successful and winner Dustin Johnson would certainly agree (he made over $2,000,000 for his share of the purse).
The PGA Tour actually keeps on rolling. The 2020-21 season started back in September, and after taking a week or 3 off for the rescheduled Majors, it resumes this week just down the road from Augusta... on St. Simons Island, GA.
The RSM Classic is a late fall event, almost always the last official Tour event in the calendar year, and is held at the Sea Island Resort. Davis Love III was instrumental in bringing sponsors and the Tour to his home (and that of his father Davis Love Jr, a highly regarded teaching pro). Not only that, but Sea Island (and greater St. Simons) is home to a myriad of PGA Tour professionals, and a lot of former Bulldogs.
But the extraordinary thing about this tournament field isn’t just the local former Bulldogs, but how many former Bulldogs are in the field. Ten. Diez. Dix. Tio. Jū. And that doesn’t include a current Bulldog, Senior and All-American Davis Thompson (playing his 2nd year here on a sponsor’s exemption). So the Red and Black are making up a full 7 percent of the 156 man field. Frankly, I’ve never heard of such a thing.
I haven’t seen much made of this, but there are a few fun articles on some of the players like this one.
Other programs may have that many alums competing on Tour at any given time, but with scheduling and qualifications, it is rare to have even 7 or 8 of the same school at the same tournament at the same time. I’m not sure if records are kept, or even if this is historic, but it sure is cool as hell. Remember, as T. Kyle King once penned, “it’s not the PGA Tour, it’s the UGATour.”
‘Dawgs in the Field:
- Russell Henley - multiple Tour winner
- Harris English - multiple Tour winner
- Brian Harman - multiple Tour winner
- Hudson Swafford - Tour winner
- Brendon Todd -multiple Tour winner
- Chris Kirk -multiple Tour winner
- Sepp Straka
- Joey Garber
- Kevin Kisner - multiple Tour winner
- Keith Mitchell - Tour winner
- Davis Thompson (a) - Current student-athlete+
A name absent is Bubba Watson who is on vacation with his family after making the cut at the Masters last week. Don’t worry, Bubba still proudly carries his Bulldog fandom wherever he goes.
And as always...