The field for the RSM Classic was filled Monday when more than 90 golfers faced each other at Brunswick Country Club for the final four spots in the PGA Tour event.
Dan McCarthy, David Skinns and T.J. Vogel each posted a 6 under par 64 to claim three of the final four spots in the tournament, leaving three players tied for the final spot, which required a playoff to determine who would fill it.
Andrew Novak, Curtis Thompson and Sebastian Vasquez each parred No. 1, the first playoff hole, late Monday afternoon. Novak hit a tee shot six feet from the pin on the second playoff hole, the 186-yard No. 8, sinking the birdie putt to qualify for his first ever PGA event.
After he won the hole, Novak, of Charleston, S.C., said it was the first time he has attempted to qualify for a PGA tournament. He played college golf at Wofford.
Novak, who played in the last group of the day, said the late start helped in the playoff because he was fresh off the holes they played. He said he came up short of the pin when he hit a 5 iron on the par 3 just 30 minutes earlier, so he knew he had to hit a 4 iron in the playoff.
“It was a little helpful playing in the last group,” he said.
Novak, who played a bogey-free round Monday, said he wasn’t surprised he made the cut for the tournament because he has been playing well recently.
But Novak has a lot of work to do before he plays the practice rounds at the Seaside and Plantation courses where the tournament will be played starting Thursday. One of his first tasks is to find a caddie familiar with the courses he will play on Thursday and Friday, as well as the weekend if he makes the cut.
The players have a practice round today and a pro-am on Wednesday. Some of the notable golfers in the strong field include Ernie Els, Luke Donald, Vijay Singh, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Stuart Appleby, Chris DeMarco, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter and tournament host Davis Love III.
The tournament begins Thursday morning. Tee times are scheduled to be announced today.