Golf Rankings for St. Jude Classic
This week we tee it up at the TPC at Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The course is a 7,239 yard, par 70 track that first opened in 1987 and was redesigned in 2004. The FedEx St. Jude has been held at this course every year since 1989. The redesign in 2004 removed bentgrass from the greens replaced them with bermudagrass.
The fairways are difficult to hit and the greens (average size 5,420 square feet) are relatively small, but they can be attacked. There isn't a lot of water, but balls seem to find the water that exists with regularity. Even though the field for this tournament isn't the best, it's one of the tougher tracks on Tour year in and year out.
It's the final tune up before the U.S. Open!
As we look back at tournament history, recall that two years ago there were numerous weather issues so we'll discount those results a bit. TPC Southwind has hosted the FedEx St. Jude since 1989.
Where should we focus our statistical microscope this week?
The scoring efficiency stats continue to serve us well the last few times we've used them so we'll keep it up.
Par 4 Efficiency 450-500 yards (P4E450-500): There are 12 par 4s on the course and seven are between 450 and 500 yards
Par 4 Efficiency 450-500 yards (P4E400-450): The other five par 4s are between 395 and 445 so this should capture the rest of the par scoring.
Birdie or Better % (BOB%): Beyond the scoring efficiency, we'll need scoring just about anywhere we can find it.
Strokes Gained: Approach (SG:APP): This is the tiebreaker for the week. The PGA Tour has started to breakdown the SG:T2G stat into its components and this is a second shot course so we'll want guys who can do well heading into the green.
I'm focused on 2016 stats now and I'll use 2015 stats as a reference point.
And of course, we examine Strokes Gained: Putting (SG:P) and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green (SG:T2G) each week with SG:T2G being a bit more important again this week.
As always, check back on the weather Wednesday to see the final forecast. This week it looks like the weather will be calm. Very calm. Calmly calm. It looks like no rain or wind is forecast for the week with high temperatures in the upper 80s to mid-90s.
Group A is thin with just six options. The biggest decision is whether you want to start DJ or now. I'm down to five starts on him and I'll put in my lineup. He's the class of the field.
Group B looks deep until you actually look at Group B. It's heavy at the top and a whole lot of nothing near the bottom. I will probably be all chalk here.
Group C is full of options as it seems to be each week. Let's get to the rankings!
Dustin Johnson - World Ranking: #1
Brooks Koepka - World Ranking: #10
Daniel Berger - World Ranking: #28
Phil Mickelson - World Ranking: #24
Gary Woodland - World Ranking: #46
Ryan Palmer - World Ranking: #103
Harris English - World Ranking: #105
Charles Howell III - World Ranking: #70
Colt Knost - World Ranking: #198
Chad Campbell - World Ranking: #164
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