Rapiscan Systems Classic preview

The Rapiscan Systems Classic is known for bringing some of the top names in golf to the Gulf Coast and this year is no exception.

Today was the second and final day of the Pro-Am Tournament where 52 different groupings teed things off at Fallen Oak in Saucier.

It’s also the last look at the course for the 78 golfers from the PGA Tour Champions set to compete for a $1.6 million purse over the weekend.

Defending champion Steve Stricker headlines a group of six former champions on the eve of the tournament’s ten year anniversary with several other household names posing as a serious threat to take his crown. Bernhard Langer said, “I mean you have the 80 best players in the world pretty much playing, best over 50, are pretty much everybody is here from Steve Stricker to Vijay Singh to on and on you go.”

Steve Stricker said, “I’m not really worried about trying to repeat. Obviously I’m just coming here to try to play well, try to get in contention and try to hopefully come out on top at the end.”

Vijay Singh said, “Yeah, I mean you get fired up and you want to be in contention. That’s what I want to do, you know? If I get in contention the mindset is different, you get really fired up, the focus is a little better. So that’s my struggle right now is getting to contention. If I can, then I’m good.”

The three day tournament begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. with Stricker, Fred Couples, and Tom Lehman teeing off at hole one.

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