I unequivocally can’t trust a U.S. Open is holding place subsequent week. It feels like a Masters only ended! But first, a FedEx St. Jude Classic will take place this week in Memphis and for a final time in this position. Starting in 2019, a eventuality will take place in expected Jul or Aug (because Memphis in Jul or Aug is where everybody wants to be!), and it will be a WGC event, replacing a WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
That will positively move out chosen fields to TPC Southwind, though this year is one final chronicle where a competition is an eventuality for some, though merely a tune-up for a world’s best before one of a biggest events of a year subsequent week.
Let’s take a demeanour during this week’s contest.
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What: St. Jude Classic | Where: Memphis, Tennessee | When: June 7-10
Field and odds
- Dustin Johnson: 13-2
- Brooks Koepka: 9-1
- Henrik Stenson: 11-1
- Phil Mickelson: 16-1
- Tony Finau: 20-1
- Billy Horschel: 22-1
- Charl Schwartzel: 28-1
- Daniel Berger: 28-1
Field strength: B-
Three stories to watch
1. Throw it away! I consternation what Phil Mickelson will be meditative if he comes to a final hole with a two-stroke lead given a fact that a six-time curtain adult during a U.S. Open is still looking for a grand impact subsequent week during Shinnecock. If he creates a triple in Memphis to remove by one to J.T. Poston, only remember this stat.
2. Driving D.J.: Johnson pronounced this in his post-Memorial talk with Amanda Balionis of CBS Sports, though he didn’t expostulate a turn really good during Muirfield Village. It’s something to keep an eye on this week because, if a motorist is sealed in during Shinnecock, it’s intensely easy to see him winning U.S. Open No. 2 subsequent week during a classical lane like a one he won on in 2016 (Oakmont).
Johnson is No. 1 on a PGA Tour in strokes gained off a tee this year (1.003 per round), though he was outward a tip 20 final week during Memorial.
3. Joaquin in Memphis: Mostly we only wanted to use a title that literally each golf media opening is going to use this week. Niemann now has 3 (!) tip 10s on a PGA Tour so distant this year and has gained a special proxy membership. Now he needs around 100 some-more FedEx Cup points to close adult a mark inside a tip 125 and benefit his label for 2018-19 (365 points was a sorcery series final year).
Daniel Berger is to a St. Jude Classic what Tiger Woods is to a Bridgestone Invitational. OK, maybe not that far, though back-to-back wins here is still impressive.
St. Jude Classic picks
Winner: Finau is 20th on Tour in strokes gained overall. He’s creation his initial entrance during this event, though it’s a march that final good proceed shots, and he’s one of a best in a margin in that category. Needs a win shortly to get into a Ryder Cup conversation. Odds: 20-1
Top 10: Three tip fives in a final 5 years, and he’s entrance off of a T13 during a Memorial final week. Combine a diseased margin with a semi-hot Mickelson, and we feel good about locking this in. Odds: 16-1
Sleeper: Ben Crane always seems to play good here. He has 6 tip 20s and a win and finished in a tip 10 final year. He’s entrance off his best week of a deteriorate dual weeks ago during Colonial (where he finished T8). The 80-1 series is during a really slightest compelling. Odds: 80-1