When: June 8-11, 2017
Where: TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN
Format: 72 holes - Stroke Play
Defending Champion: Daniel Berger
TV Coverage: Golf Channel, CBS
The FedEx St. Jude Classic has been played in Memphis, Tennessee since 1958, making it the longest running golf tournament on the PGA Tour.
The event is played one week before the U.S. Open, and annually draws a great betting field. This year the tournament gets underway June 8-11, 2017, at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.
Southwind has hosted the event since 1989. The layout measures 7,239 yards and plays to a par 70. The original layout was designed by former U.S. Open champions Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller and later tweaked by Loren Roberts in 2004. The par-3 11th hole gets all the attention, but hole No. 18 is where the tournament usually declares a winner.
Last year, Daniel Berger steadied the ship and shot a final round 3-under par 67 to hold off Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Steve Stricker to win by three. It was the first win of his career.
Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Fred Couples, Lee Trevino and Dave Hill who holds the record for most wins with four.
Defending champion Daniel Berger, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott are the betting favorites at this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. The betting field boasts eight of the top 30 in the world rankings with Fowler being the highest ranked player.
Others to keep your eye on this week are Italy’s Francesco Molinari, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, England’s Ian Poulter and fan favorite Phil Mickelson. Continue...
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The St. Jude Classic was founded in 1958, making it one of the longest running events on the PGA Tour.
Billy Maxwell won the inaugural event and collected $2,800. The tournament is held in support of St Jude Children's Research Hospital and has attracted many big names over the years including Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange, Nick Price, Greg Norman and Tom Kite.
In 2007 and 2008, the tournament was named the Stanford St. Jude Championship.
The name was changed to the St. Jude Classic in 2009.
That same year, Brian Gay went wire-to-wire to win his second PGA Tour event of the year, finishing five strokes ahead of runners-up David Toms and Bryce Molder.
Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic for a second year running. He posted a superb final round 66 to end the week on 10-under-par, one better than his nearest rivals Whee Kim and Charl Schwartzel.
Berger began the final day three shots back of the leaders, Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain, Stewart Cink and Ben Crane and it looked set to be a testing day for the American when he missed the first green and duffed the resulting pitch shot. But he rallied by holing the next one for a par and there was no looking back from that point.
Berger went on to post a bogey-free 66 to claim the title by a shot. He became the fourth back-to-back winner of the St. Jude Classic, the first since David Toms achieved the feat in 2003 and 2004.
Charl Schwartzel and Whee Kim finished the week tied for second place. Schwartzel was left to rue a poor third round of 74. He responded well with a 66 on Sunday but came up just one shot shy. Kim finished with a 67.
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