The second annual World Golf Championship FedEx St. Jude classic is here, but not Tiger. Again…. Another year of disappointment for Memphis ,and fans of arguably The greatest golfer of all time. Not to worry, Memphis will host The strongest field It has ever had. The Championship will host nine of the top ten golfers in The world, who take to the course starting Thursday. The reigning champion Brooks Koepka returns, where he looks to raise The trophy again on Sunday.
A different look
This will be The eighth tournament since golf came back from The shutdown. Not having fans have given The players a completely different feel. A big putt made, a few claps instead of roars. A ball in The water , its a moan or grunt from The player instead of hundreds of fans. The PGA did loosen its restrictions starting with this tournament. The spouses and or significant others will be allowed. Title and Tournament sponsors will be allowed with guest as well.
Players to watch
The defending champion of The tournament who actually showed up 45 minutes before his final round last year. guess what? He still won the tournament. Don’t we all wish we could do the same. He looks to get back on track this season, and needs to badly. Brooks sits at 155th In FedEx cup standings, so a win or a top ten finish is a must!
Currently the number one ranked player in the world, Rahm gets back to the course after his win at The Memorial two weeks ago. He is currently eighth in FedEx cup points, and a favorite to win this week.
The story of golf pretty much this year is Dechambeau. After showing up on tour a few years back looking like a frat bro, Bryson has added forty pounds since September, and could now be mistaken for a linebacker. He’s number one on tour in driving distance, averaging over 320 yards per drive. He currently has one win this season and eight top tens. He currently sits fourth in FedEx cup points.
The second ranked player in the world looks for his first win since November. McIlroy leads the tour in scoring average at 68.89, and is currently ranked fifth in FedEx cup points.
The third ranked player in the world , and currently number one in FedEx points, Thomas looks to get his third win of the season. He and Dechambeau are the two odds on favorite to win this weekends WGC event at 10/1 odds.
A fan favorite across The country as well as in Memphis, DJ looks to get back to his winning ways here in Memphis. He has one win this season so far at The Travelers Championship. DJ has won twice at TPC Southwind back in 2012, and 2018 before it changed to The World Golf Championship.. He also has six WGC trophies to his name, and hopes to add a seventh come Sunday.
Berger is playing some of The best of his career this year. He already has a win to go along with five top tens. Berger is also a back to back winner at The course in 2016 and 2017. Its wasn’t the same tournament but he knows the course very well. Don’t be surprised if Berger is holding The trophy come Sunday.
A Strong Field
To date, this is the strongest field for the tour this season. It holds 44 of the top 50 players in the world. This will be a fun, dramatic , and down right competitive tournament. Since 2003, TPC Southwind has had 1,276 Hole outs. The course has also had 5,760 balls in the water, both are most on tour. With that being said, my winner is Rory McIIroy. This weekend should be a great weekend In Memphis with The World Golf Championship!