2018 St. Jude Classic picks, field: Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson prep for US Open

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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Event information

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-

It’s not a good field, though it does have some good characters (Mickelson, D.J., Kiradech Aphibarnrat) as good as some fun immature players (Joaquin Niemann, Braden Thornberry).

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).

Past winners

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   

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