FedEx St. Jude Classic Tees Off: Thursday, June 5
TPC Southwind Ė Memphis, TN
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|Charles Howell III||35-to-1|
It was another great week for the newcomers last week at the Memorial, as 22-year-old Hideki Matsuyama won his first career PGA Tour event after being victorious five times on the Japan Golf Tour. Big names like Bubba Watson and Adam Scott were both near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday, but neither were able to do enough to overcome the youngster. This week the golfers will head to Memphis for the St. Jude Classic, a golf tournament that has been held annually in Tennessee since 1958. Last season, Harris English took to this course and won his first career PGA event as he shot 12-under par, winning by two strokes. The field is a weak one for this tourney, as Matt Kuchar is the only player from the top-10 of the World Golf Rankings while there are just five others from the top-25. With so many players resting before the U.S. Open, it looks like another prime chance for the underdog to take a win. Letís take a look at a few of the players who could come away with the trophy this week.
Golfers to WatchDustin Johnson (14/1): Johnson has been having a big year with top-10 finishes in half of his 12 tournaments. On this fairly short course, he can use his big drives (311.9 yards per, 2nd on tour) and ability to hit greens in regulation (67.7%, 8th on tour) to score low. Johnson is also a former winner in this tournament, shooting 9-under with three rounds of 68 or better in 2012. His great play has put him in fourth in the FedEx standings and he should be a solid bet this week to win his ninth career PGA event.
Kevin Na (40/1): Na went into a playoff last week at the Memorial, eventually losing on the first hole as he attempted to win his second career PGA tournament. He has four other top-10 finishes this season and has the 11th-best scoring average on tour (69.96). Na has not won on the tour since late-2011, but he seems poised to get another win very soon.
Harris English (26/1): English was the winner here last season, and he already has six top-10 finishes in 2014, including a win at the OHL Classic. His 71.2% greens hit in regulation percentage is third-best on tour while he has a scoring average of 69.89 (7th on tour). As English continues his solid season and plays on a course he has confidence with, a win is certainly not a far reach for the 24-year-old.
Martin Flores (55/1): Flores has placed in the top-20 in four of his past seven tournaments, including a 3rd-place performance at the Wells Fargo Championship in early May. He is having the best year of his young career while shooting a combined 94-under on Par-5ís (4th on tour). Flores finished tied for 13th here last season and should be able to put together another solid showing this weekend.
Robert Streb (110/1): Streb has improved in his second season on the PGA Tour, and after making just 12-of-25 cuts last year, he has done so in 10-of-11 events in 2014. He has shown he has the talent to get a victory with a runner-up performance at the Zurich Classic, and could be the next of a long line of first-time winners on tour this season.