St Jude Classic
Zach Johnson is very keen to qualify for the United States Ryder Cup team that will play Europe in September. The US team is captained this time by his friend and mentor, Davis Love. If Johnson justifies favouritism and wins the St Jude Classic a place in the side will be just about certain. In a relatively weak field due to the position in the schedule a week before the US Open, Johnson has a great opportunity to win for the second time in three weeks.
With only two par 5s at the TPC Southwind host course length off the tee is not a significant advantage. The leading contenders consistently score well for finding the greens in the correct number of shots. The putting surfaces are below average in size so finding them consistently in regulation will be an important attribute this week. The overall scoring average has been over par for the last eight years so a birdie fest rarely develops.
David Toms' aspirations may not include qualifying fir the Ryder Cup team but his winning days may not yet be behind him. He won a tournament last year and remains competitive on course below average in length that reward accuracy more than length. Toms rates highly for bogey avoidance and that attribute could see him contend this week.
Robert Garrigus is a more speculative selection but he is proven on the course. His current form is no more than solid but at this level he has the game to make the top 5 payout places. Players rarely win in the week before a major and then win the big one but Zach Johnson has a good opportunity to do just that while Toms and Garrigus look well equipped to feature in Memphis.