2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC at Southwind
Germantown, Tennessee.
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,239
Purse: $6 million  with $1,080,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Ben Crane

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Favourite: Dustin Johnson 6/1

The prospect of Dustin Johnson contending at Chambers Bay is growing after another solid T13 performance at Memorial to go with his T8 at the Byron Nelson.  DJ’s nailed his driver 326 yards on average last week but I was more impressed with his T5 putting clip according to shotlink.  Winner here in 2012, T10 in 2013 and T24 in 2014.

Doc’s Top Five To Watch

Billy Horschel 16/1

Sixth appearance for Billy at TPC Southwind and he’s gotten the hang of the place in his last two visits with a T10 in 2013 and T6 last year.  Coming into form with solid top-15’s at The Players and Memorial.  Could emulate his season’s best of third at the Valero Texas Open.

Webb Simpson 16/1

Webb added the St Jude to his schedule last year after a four year gap and it paid dividends with a T3.  No surprise so that he’s back for more and in his best form since the WGC Caddy.  T2 last time out at Quail Hollow after hitting more fairways than anyone in the field and recording a T7 clip with the putter.  If he brings that form to Tennessee this week, Simpson can win.

Ryan Palmer 14/1

Good to see Ryan Palmer score a T10 last time out at the Byron Nelson after missing cuts at Colonial and Sawgrass.  One of the most experienced players in the field Palmer makes his eighth appearance this year and has a best of T3 in 2012 and solo 4th in 2013.  Colossal off the tee, assured with the flatstick and due a big week.

Phil Mickelson 16/1

Tiger Woods took the headlines at The Memorial but Phil had a nightmare himself on the greens finishing down in T55th place.  That was surprising given his T4 at Quail Hollow, T2 at Augusta and T17 at Houston.  I’m wondering if Lefty was not comfortable on the bent grass greens at Muirfield Village, and might welcome a return to bermuda grass at TPC Southwind, the same surface as in Houston where he carded his best putting stats this season.  T11 in 2014 and T2 in 2013.

Luke Donald 30/1

Hard to find really good value in the odds and while I like Harris English at 22/1, Luke Donald is a better bet for me at 30/1.  On the face of it a T38 at Wentworth and T18 at Royal County Down wouldn't inspire too much optimism but I'm firmly convinced having observed him all week at Royal County Down that he's ready to win again. The swing is back in the slot, the sequencing is there and the putter is performing. A first timer at the St Jude but trust me, a W is coming for Luuuuke!

Long Odds Glory

Carl Petterson 100/1 has a T3 in 2014 and T8 in 2011 at the St Jude and played better last week at The Memorial than his T36 finish suggests.
Troy Merritt 125/1 is having issues at the weekend lately but showed at the RBC Heritage (3rd) and Valspar (6th) that on his day he can contend. Solo second last year.

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