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Tommy Snell: If you love golf, you gotta go to the Mississipi Gulf Resort Classic

These guys are good, really good. Not to mention rich, very rich. With their career earnings, Congress could balance the budget. Bernie Sanders could pay for everyone's college education. Donald Trump could build a wall around the 48 contiguous states. Ted Cruz could lower his flat rate to 9 percent. Okay, so I exaggerate.

The PGA Tour Champions are coming to our backyard. Eleven PGA Tour major winners with 15 Grand Slam trophies will compete in The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C-Spire. If you love golf, you gotta go, as Gary Player says about that hall down in Florida.

The World Golf Hall of Fame will pace the fairways of Fallen Oak this week, and if you love golf, you gotta stroll Fazio's Fallen Oak with Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Bernhard Langer. The MGRC is a must-see for golfers and non-golfers. Green Jackets, US Open Trophies, Claret Jugs and Wanamakers on every tee, oh my!

We love underdogs. Golfers who want to follow those 50-plus golfers who weren't exempt can drive down I-10 to the Diamondhead Pine Course on Tuesday to watch the qualifiers in action. Believe me; many of the names have filled your flat-screens.

No spectator access at Fallen Oak on Monday thru Wednesday, but golf enthusiasts who want to see PGA Tour Champions, celebrities and their buddies can flood the gates beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday for the C-Spire Pro-Am. South Alabama's Joey Jones, Ole Miss' Sugar Bowl Champion Hugh Freeze and Mississippi State's Dan Mullen will trade pigskin and pads for dimples and graphite.

Calling all golfing households to the tee Saturday. Chevron Family Day will drive a little excitement into what will already be a fun-packed day. Attention all junior golfers! The Bacot/McCarty Foundation and IP Resort and Spa Junior Clinic tees off that afternoon at 3:30. Don't miss it!

Wondering just how much money these guys have made? Not counting endorsements, the 76 exempt players listed on Friday, March 25 have won over a billion dollars on the three American Tours. They have smooched 580 trophies. Neither stat includes Colin Montgomerie's money from a record eight European Tour Order of Merits.

Tommy Snell, golf coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, writes a column for the Sun Herald.

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