The Memorial Tournament was yet another week for us that our selection finished one shot from the lead. Dustin Johnson sure looked primed for a win after the front 9 on Sunday, but the poor weather got to him on the back. William McGirt picked up his first PGA Tour win as he outdueled Jon Curran in a playoff. We did win our head to head which helped a yet another close call.
We do have one more tournament to analyze and another opportunity to get those accounts up before the years second major. Here is a look at the course that will challenge the players this week.
This week the Tour heads to Memphis, Tennessee for the St. Jude Classic. Some players will be using this tournament as preparation for next week’s U.S. Open. I have been hard at work preparing myself for the US Open all season, and will continue to do so right up to next week.
This week however we look to head into the 2nd major of the year on a hot streak. The players will be playing a beautiful course when they tee it up at TPC Southwind. The course will be playing as a Par 70 and at 7255 yards in length. Look for players who are accurate and talented putters to be the cream of the crop this week, though length always helps.
TPC Southwind is a difficult track, and you can expect a winning score of around –11 this week. It utilizes well-placed hazards (10 water hazards), and bunkers that will catch the slightly errant shot (94 bunkers). The greens at TPC Southwind have plenty of breaks that only a player with previous course knowledge will be able to read. Look for experience to play a factor this week.
Two holes that may play a very large factor this week are the 17th and 18th. Both holes are Par 4’s and will challenge the players to close out their rounds properly. With both holes being extremely difficult, they could very well decide the tournament on Sunday.
We have a mixed bag of players playing this week. A hand full of big names (Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Ryan Palmer, Gary Woodland, Brooks Koepka, and Daniel Berger) are here to get their games into form for next week’s US Open. We also have some older journeymen in the field, as many notables have taken this week off to rest up. Many people debate which philosophy is the proper one, but I feel it is very dependent on the player.
Last year’s champion Fabian Gomez returns to defend his title, along with a slew of other past champions. As I mentioned previously this week, you will also notice plenty of players who are 40 and older teeing it up. Players who have played the St Jude Classic before tend to return each year.
Steve’s St. Jude Classic Outright Picks
Picks are sent to member’s only but below is a free pick from the picks I’ve sent the members. You can sign up for a membership at GolfBanker.com
Daniel Berger 25/1 – Berger is going to win soon as he has been one of the best players on Tour over the past 2 months. He has finished inside the top 20 in 5 of his last 6 tournaments, with the only outlier being last weeks 67th at The Memorial. The FSU product ranks 25th on Tour in Driving Distance, 30th in Birdie Average, 36th in Total Putting, and is currently 46th in the World Golf Rankings. He is loaded with talent and should be fun to watch this week.