Expert picks provided by: Jarod Kieler
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After an exciting finish that saw David Lingmerth outlast Justin Rose to claim his first PGA Tour victory, we head from Dublin, Ohio to Memphis, Tennessee and the St. Jude Classic. TPC Southwind will host the tournament for the 26th consecutive year. This week’s field is not the best as most of the players are either taking a week off before the U.S. Open or are making a last ditch effort to qualify. With that being said, Dustin Johnson headlines the field that includes four of the top-25 golfers in the world. Last year, Ben Crane led wire to wire and finished one shot better than runner-up Troy Merritt.
My picks for this week:
1) Dustin Johnson (2) – DJ is easily the best player in this field. He also comes to TPC Southwind playing solid golf. After tying for 8th at the Byron Nelson Championship, Johnson tied for 13th last week at the Memorial. Johnson will be playing the St. Jude Classic for the fourth consecutive year. After winning in 2012, Johnson tied for 10th in 2013 and shared 24th last year.
2) Billy Horschel (0) – I always like to take Horschel when he has it going. Well in his last three starts, Horschel has not finished outside the top-20. Last week at the Memorial, Horschel shot all four rounds under par and tied for 11th. In his last two trips to TPC Southwind, Billy Ho tied for 10th in 2013 and then finished in a share of 6th last year.
1) Brooks Koepka (4) – Despite struggling late on Sunday at the Memorial, Koepka seems to have recovered from his nagging rib injury. I can only take Koepka four more times, but I figured I would use him this week since the St. Jude is lacking star power. In his only trip to TPC Southwind, Koepka tied for 19th last year.
2) George McNeil (1) – McNeil continues to flirt with the top of leaderboards. McNeil has four top-20 finishes in his last five events. After tying for 5th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, McNeil shared 11th last week the Memorial.
1) Ryan Palmer (2) – Palmer has been up and down lately, but did tie for 10th in his most recent start at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Palmer has top-10 finishes in three of his seven career trips to the St. Jude Classic. Palmer’s best finish came in 2013 when he finished solo 4th.
2) Brenden Todd (0) – Like Palmer, Todd has had an up and down season. However, he did play some solid golf last week at the Memorial. Despite a final round 74, Todd still finished solo 17th. In three career trips to TPC Southwind, Todd has two top-20 finishes. Last year, Todd finished in a share of 18th.
Other Golfers Considered:
Phil Mickelson (Tier A): Phil always likes to play the week prior to a major and this will be his third consecutive trip to the St. Jude Classic. Mick tied for 2nd in 2013 and then shared 11th last year. Mick also has top-5 finishes in two of his past four starts.
Jamie Donaldson (Tier B): Donaldson has top-20 finishes in his last three worldwide starts. I like Donaldson a lot this week, but was hesitant to take him since this is his first career trip to TPC Southwind.
Jason Bohn (Tier C): Prior to last week’s T52, Bohn had two straight top-10 finishes. Bohn has top-25’s in three of his seven career trips to TPC Southwind.