The tour moves on from the final major of the year back the US where the will tee it up just outside of Memphis, TN at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind. This is the final WGC event of the year which means only the top 64 players get invited, those that decline get their spots filled, and there is not cut line here.
- Thursday July 25th: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
- Friday July 26th: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST on Golf Channel
- Saturday July 27th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM CST Golf Channel
- Saturday July 27th: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS
- Sunday July 28th: 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM CST Golf Channel
- Sunday July 28th: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST on CBS
Whose Teeing Off
46 of the top 50 players in the world teeing it up this week. Most notably Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, and Francesco Molinari will not be playing. Other than those big names, the top players in the world are going to be playing four rounds. Let’s take a look at some of the Thursday/Friday tee times.
Thursday Hole #1 Tee Time/Friday Hole #10 Tee Time
- 12:53 PM/1:48 PM: Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau, Matt Wallace
- 1:48 PM/12:42 PM: Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth
- 1:59 PM/12:53 PM: Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jason Day
- 2:10 PM/1:04 PM: Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Lucas Bjerregaard
Thursday Hole #10 Tee Time/Friday Hole #1 Tee Time
- 12:31 PM/1:26 PM: Patrick Cantlay, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood
- 12:53 PM/1:48 PM: Gary Woodland, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele
- 1:04 PM/1:59 PM: Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas
- 1:26 PM/12:31 PM: Webb Simpson, Danny Willett, Jim Furyk
This is the first year this tournament is a WGC event, so the field here is now much smaller but also more top heavy. Daniel Berger won this event two years in a row in 2016 and 2017 but he’s not in the field this week. So we’ll take this history with a grain of salt, there are a lot of guys who have never played this course.
- 2018: Dustin Johnson (-19)
- Runner Up: Andrew Putnam (-13)
- 2017: Daniel Berger (-10)
- Runner Up: Whee Kim, Charl Schwartzel (-9)
- 2016: Daniel Berger (-13)
- Runner Up: Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker (-10)
- 2015: Fabian Gomez (-13)
- Runner Up: Greg Owen (-9)
Here are some notes on how some guys have fared playing at TPC Southwind. Just like the winners list, we’ll only go back four years so lets first go over the guys who have never played here or haven’t played here in the past years. That list includes: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Patrick Cantlay, Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Louis Oosthuizen, and Patrick Reed.
- Dustin Johnson won here last year, missed in 2017, T5 in 2016 and WD in 2015.
- Brooks Koepka has gone T30, T37, T2, and T3 the past four years.
- Xander Schauffele has played here once in 2017 finishing T52.
- Henrik Stenson finished T26 last year.
- Adam Scott has also only played here once, finishing T10 in 2017.
- Phil Mickelson has a good track record here, he’s went T12 last year, and T9, T2, T3 in three years before that.
- Chez Reavie has two top 10s here the past two years, T6 and T4.
- Billy Horschel also has two 10s in the past four year. T4 in 2017, and T8 in 2015. He finished T51 last year and didn’t play this course in 2016.
- Bryson Dechambeau has struggled here. MC in 2017, and T45 in 2015.
- Tony Finau played here for the first time last year and missed the cut.
TPC Southwind is a 7,244 yard Par 70 course. The fairways are narrow and the greens are small, fast, and made out of Bermuda grass. There is water in play on 10 holes. Because this is a Par 70, and the fairways are narrow the golfers that succeed here will be accurate off the tee, and have great iron play. That iron play can be off the tee as well. Although some of those winning scores have been high, this course is still a tough test. It was the 11th toughest course on tour last year, and only 59.3% of the greens where hit in regulation, and that was ranked for 5th toughest on tour last year. Yes Dustin Johnson hit -19 in 2018, but he also smoked the rest of the field by 6 strokes.
This course is long also even though it’s only just over 7,200 yards. There are seven Par 4’s which are over 450 yards. The Par 5’s are shorter with one coming in around 525 yards and the other at 554 yards, guys will be able to have Eagle opportunities here. Like I said there is a lot of water here, and the water is in spots where guys can get burned. Lets take a look a few featured holes here.
Hole #3: 554 Yard Par 5
A reachable Par 5 in two, the second shot and green are guarded by water on the right hand side. There are also two green side bunkers on the left side, one on the front and the other towards the back of the green. There is also a tree on the left hand side of the fairway that will come into play on the second shot.
Hole #11: 162 Yard Par 3
This is an island like green on a short Par 3. It will remind you of #17 at TPC Sawgrass but not quite as intimidating. There are a few more bunkers on this hole, and a better backdrop that gives players a better sense of distance I think.
Hole #14: 239 Yard Par 3
Wonderful Par 3 here. The guys will tee off from an elevated tee box and they’ll need to carry the ball over some water to land on a small green. There is a sand trap on the back side of the green, if you hit the ball in there, then you’re hitting from the sand back towards the hole and water.
Hole #18: 453 Yard Par 4
Great finishing hole here at TPC Southwind. It’s a dogleg left where water is in play all the way to the green. Sand traps also litter this hole on the right side, along where the guys first tee shot might land. There is another sand trap that is up by the green which can cause some trouble.
One & Done: I’m going to go with Justin Thomas here. He’s played two good tournaments in a row and the wrist looks fully healed. He gets back to winning this weekend.
Betting Winner: Justin Thomas (+1400), Danny Willett (+6600), Sergio Garcia (+7000), Tony Finau (+3300)
Top 10: Tommy Fleetwood (+200), Sergio Garcia (+500), Kevin Kisner (+550)
- Justin Thomas
- Danny Willett
- Chez Reavie
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Sergio Garcia
- Kevin Kisner
One & Done Picks: Fucking Justin Rose. Started the day at -9 under, good position to maybe get a solo second or a top 5 at a major and goes out and shits the bed on the final day of a major AGAIN. JB Holmes had the worse drop, but Rose easily lost at least $600,000 with that shit performance on Sunday.
- Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
- Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0 (Missed Cut)
- Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
- WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
- The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
- Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
- The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
- The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
- WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
- Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
- The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
- RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele – $15,559
- Zurich Classic: Patrick Reed –$0 (Missed Cut)
- Wells Fargo Championship: Tony Finau – $17,064 (T60)
- AT&T Byron Nelson: Keith Mitchell – $17,301
- The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy – $264,395 (T8)
- Charles Schwab Challenge: Kevin Kisner – $0 (Missed Cut)
- The Memorial Tournament: Patrick Cantlay: $1,638,000 (WINNER)
- RBC Canadian Open: Henrik Stenson – $220,400 (T8)
- U.S. Open: Dustin Johnson –$57,853 (T35)
- Travelers Championship: Bryson Dechambeau – $194,400
- Rocket Mortgage Classic: Gary Woodland – $0 (MC)
- 3M Open: Joaquin Niemann – $49,105 (T23)
- John Deere Classic: Scott Brown – $0 (MC)
- British Open: Justin Rose – $91,350 (T20)
- WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: Justin Thomas –