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FedEx St. Jude Classic

By GolfGuru - 6 years ago in PGA News

The PGA Tour leaves the Midwest and heads to the great state of Tennessee this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Held at TPC Southwind in Memphis, the tournament will be held in June for the last time. Next year, it will move to August and become the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

This year’s tournament should be a good one with plenty of options for daily fantasy players. Before diving into an examination of what some of those options may be…

How about a little information about the course and weather?

TPC Southwind in Memphis has hosted the tournament since 1989. It’s a par-70 course that is 7,244 meters long. It’s described as a course that will reward you as much as it tests you.

As for the weather, it is certainly going to be warm with temperatures expected to be in the low to mid-80s throughout the weekend. There will be a little relief in the form of cloud cover on Friday and Sunday (partly). But it will be clear skies on Thursday and Saturday.

Winds will be slight on Thursday and Friday (4-5 MPH) but will pick up on Saturday and Sunday (9 MPH). Rain is not expected, but there is a slight chance there could be some on Saturday and Sunday.

The Players

I do like to back defending champions. But normally, I wouldn’t back last year’s champ, Daniel Berger, because he has not played well in months. He finished tied for 57th at the Players Championship, tied or 55th at Wells Fargo, missed the cut at the Zurich Classic, and tied for 32nd at the Masters.

That’s not a good track record and not one that should have anyone excited to pick him up in a daily fantasy league. But he is a back to back defending champion. Prior to last year’s win he finished tied or 65th, tied for 36th, missed the cut and tied for 27th at the same four tournaments.

He shouldn’t be the cornerstone of anyone’s team, but he seems to bring his ‘A game when he heads to Memphis.

The following guys are additional options worth considering:

Brooks Koepka: The wrist injury that took 15-weeks to recover from appears to be a thing of the past. He re-injured it prior to the Players Championship but went out and had one of his better tournaments of the season (tied for 11th; 11-under). He followed that up with a second-place finish two weeks later in Fort Worth.

Since 2014, he has two top-three finishes (tied for second and tied for third), and he’s averaged 68.56 a round.

FedEx St Jude Classic Expert Picks

Dustin Johnson: The No. 2 golfer in the world, Johnson won at the St. Jude back in his tournament debut in 2012. He placed fifth his last time at TPC Southwind in 2016. He was playing better back in January and February, but he isn’t playing bad now—just not as consistent as he usually plays.

During his last two tournaments, he alternated shooting in the mid-to-high 60s one day followed by a day in the 70s. He ended up finishing tied for 17th at the Players Championship an tied for eighth last weekend at Memorial.

Billy Horschel: The last time he missed the cut (the Masters) he followed it up with a tied for fifth finish at the RBC Heritage. If he follows that pattern, since he missed the cut at Memorial last week, he should be due for a great finish this week.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s got a good history at TPC Southwind (since 2013 he’s finished T10-T6-T8-T4).

Luke List:  Anyone that can lead the tournament after three days (like he did last year) has to know the course reasonably well. Yes, he flubbed it on Sunday and turned in a 73. But there is a reason for hope. His game can be a little all over the place but when he’s on—it’s pretty darn good.

He’s missed the cut five times this season. But he’s also finished in the top ten five time. Consider him a longshot but do consider him.

Other dark horse/sleeper options include Chez Reavie, James Hawn, T.J. Vogel, and Scottie Scheffler.


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