FedEx St. Jude Classic Preview Presented by the TriState PGA.
The FedEx St. Jude Classic starts tomorrow and because it is the primer before the US Open, will host 6 of the top players 30 players according to the FedEx Cup Points. Defending Champion Daniel Berger, is looking for his third career win on tour at the same event. If he is able to accomplish this, it will be the first since that since Leonard Gallett did so back in 1929, 33’ and 34’ at the Wisconsin PGA.
Phil Mickelson scored a 10-under finish last week and is looking to build on that this week. This will be his 8th start at the St. Jude, and in his last 5 he has finished in the top 3, in three of those years. Dustin Johnson will also be joining the fun in Memphis this week. Dustin Johnson won the tournament back in 2012 and is looking to continue regaining his form a week prior to the Open at Shinnecock Hills.
If you look at the last two US Open Winners, both Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka both played the St Jude the week prior. Here is a list of the players that are playing this week and next week.
- Aphibarnrat, Kiradech
- Axley, Eric
- Baddeley, Aaron
- Berger, Daniel
- Chappell, Kevin
- Duncan, Tyler
- Finau, Tony
- Gay, Brian
- Griffin, Lanto
- Howell, Charles III
- Hughes, Mackenzie
- Johnson, Dustin
- Jones, Matt
- Koepka, Brooks
- List, Luke
- Lowry, Shane
- Mickelson, Phil
- Mullinax, Trey
- Reavie, Chez
- Schwartzel, Charl
- Snedeker, Brandt
- Stallings, Scott
- Stenson, Henrik
- Stricker, Steve
- Stuard, Brian
- Thornberry, Braden
- Uihlein, Peter
- Varner, Harold
- Werenski, Richy
Here are the featured groups on both the GolfChannel and on PGATour Live.
Golf Channel Featured Groupings
12:40 p.m. — Billy Horschel, Scott Piercy, Charles Howell III
Horschel, the 2014 FedExCup champion, teamed with Piercy to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans earlier this year; Howell is 36th in the FedExCup standings.
12:50 p.m. — Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger, Austin Cook
Two former FedEx St. Jude Classic champions (Johnson and Berger) with 2017-18 winner Cook who will be announcing a partnership with St. Jude during tournament week
12:40 p.m. — Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, William McGirt
Former FedExCup champion (Stenson), defending U.S. Open champion (Koepka) with former Memorial champion (McGirt)
12:50 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Luke List, Tony Finau
#5, #17, #12 in the FedExCup standings
PGA TOUR LIVE Featured Groupings
7:40 a.m. — Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, William McGirt
7:50 a.m. — Phil Mickelson, Luke List, Tony Finau
7:40 a.m. — Billy Horschel, Scott Piercy, Charles Howell III
7:50 a.m. — Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger, Austin Cook
Normally I give a list of players I believe could win. This week, I have just 1 predicted winner and a story behind it. Back in 2013, Phil was looking to win the Open Championship. He went and competed in the European Tour’s Aberdeen Scottish Open the week prior and won. The following week, he came out and won the Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Links.
His game has been steady to trending up in recent weeks including a nice finish last week. I believe this could set up the exact same way. Phil wins the St. Jude Classic this week to set up a very interesting next week at Shinnecock, a course Phil plays well. Could we see History repeat itself? I believe we will!
Zac Weiss, whom provided us with some of the best Golf Coverage from last weeks Memorial Tournament has these players on his list of possibilities. He says Byeong Hun An, Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka. He also says “keep and eye on” Patton Kizzire, Joaquin Niemann, and Corey Conners.
TPC Southwind Memphis Tennessee
Since 1989, the TPC Southwind has been home to the St. Jude Classic. Southwind boasts a 7200 yard layout with a par of 70. Opened in 1988, TPC Southwind was designed by by Ron Prichard, with some assistance by Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller.
The Grass on the greens and in the rough are Bermuda and Zoysia is what you will find on the Tees and fairways. If you are not familiar, Zoysia is a hardy grass that is green during season and goes yellowish white in the offseason.