September 22, 2014

Watching Golf this Week: The FedEx St. Jude Classic, aka The Last U.S. Open Tune-Up

Normally a tourney like the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis would be a B-list field, but because it’s the week before the U.S. Open, there’s a lot of big guns looking to get their games back on track before the next major.

So step right up, Rory McIlroy, he of the missed cuts. Can the defending U.S. Open champ get his groove shakin’ in Memphis? If so he’ll need to get by some other big names like 2010 Open champ Grame McDowell and a couple of Johnsons, namely Zach and Dustin. And John Daly! So maybe it’s a mix, some top golfers, some off-week fill-ins since some stars namely Tiger and Phil won’t be present. No online video this week either as the tour rests its innerweb cameras for a big week in San Francisco.

Here’s where to follow the action:

FEDEX ST. JUDE CLASSIC

(all times Eastern)
TV COVERAGE
Thursday, June 7 — Golf Channel, 3 p.m. — 6 p.m.
Friday, June 8 — Golf Channel, 3 p.m. — 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 — CBS, 3 p.m. — 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 — CBS, 3 p.m. — 6 p.m.

RADIO
SIRIUS XM (Satellite)
12 p.m. — 6 p.m., Thursday-Sunday

ONLINE
No Live@ this weekend. Your only online hope can be found at the…

PGA SHOT TRACKER
If all you want is shots and distances (which can be addicting) get your fix via Shot Tracker for the St. Jude Classic.

FACEBOOK PAGE
The Thwack is Back is what the St. Jude Classic calls its Facebook page.

TOP TWITTER FEEDS TO FOLLOW
@fesjcmemphis — the tourney’s own Twitter feed. The Memorial’s feed last week was almost completely local stuff. C’mon St. Jude, show us something better.
Geoff Shackelford — well known golf writer.
Golf Channel — official Golf Channel feed
@PGATOUR — official PGA Twitter feed
@StephanieWei — great golf writer who is a Twitter fiend. Helped uncover the “Phil’s mad at phones” story last week. Gotta stay tuned to Stephanie if you want the absolute latest.

WHAT’S THE COURSE LIKE?
Not much on the TPC Southwind, though the tour’s page calls it one of the toughest courses on the schedule. Still, course record is a 61 so… how tough can that be? Here’s an overhead map to help with your viewing.

WHO WON THIS THING LAST YEAR?
Harrison Frazar.

LOCAL FLAVOR
Here’s some history about the tournament that used to be known as the Danny Thomas Classic. The Memphis Commercial Appeal appears to be the local leading newspaper, though the website looks like it’s stuck in 1997. Still, who minds some catfish news with your golf and hoops? Get me some hush puppies and sweet tea and y’all are good.

FEDEX CUP LEADERS
1. Jason Dufner, 1,735 points
2. Hunter Mahan, 1,477 points
3. Tiger Woods, 1,404
4. Zach Johnson, 1,386
5. Bubba Watson, 1,372

See the full standings for the FedEx Cup points list.

WORLD GOLF RANKINGS
1. Luke Donald; 2. Rory McIlroy; 3. Lee Westwood; 4. Tiger Woods; 5. Bubba Watson.
See the official World Golf Ranking list.

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