Wed, 29 Sep 2021

Golf Glance: Justin Thomas defends WGC title at TPC Southwind

Field Level Media
05 Aug 2021, 14:19 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST TOURNAMENT: Olympics (Xander Schauffele)

THIS WEEK: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 5-8

Course: TPC Southwind (Par 70, 7,233 yards)

Purse: $10.5M ($1.89M)

Defending Champion: Justin Thomas


TV: Thursday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (CBS)

Streaming: Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Featured Groups), 2-6 p.m. (Featured Holes).

NOTES: Only two events remain before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. ... TPC Southwind was elevated to a WGC event in 2019 and is a no-cut tournament. The scoring average was 69.554 last year ... Top-ranked Jon Rahm is not in the field after testing positive for COVID-19. He and Bryson DeChambeau were forced to withdraw from the men's competition, but DeChambeau has passed his testing protocols and will play this week. ... Fifteen countries are represented in the 66-player field. ... The only other top-50 player not in the field is Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who has reached his max of 12 starts as a non-PGA Tour member. ... Memphis is 14 hours behind Tokyo, with several players traveling from Japan after Sunday's final round of the Olympic event.

BEST BETS: Brooks Koepka (1100 at DraftKings) has four top-6 finishes in his past five Tour events. He won this event in 2019 and tied for second last year. ... Collin Morikawa (1200) won at The Concession earlier this year to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win a major and a WGC before turning 25 years old. ... Dustin Johnson (1800) is a two-time winner of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and has won six career WGC events. He has posted 13 consecutive rounds under part at TPC Southwind. ... Daniel Berger was a two-time winner of the Classic and also finished second last year. ... Louis Oosthuizen (2000) has four runner-ups and a T3 in his past eight worldwide starts.

NEXT WEEK: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, N.C.


LAST TOURNAMENT: ISPS Handa World Invitational (Pajaree Anannarukarn)

THIS WEEK: Off for the Olympic Women's Competition.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Women's Scottish Open, Aug. 12-15

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: The Senior Open Championship (Stephen Dodd)


NEXT TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Aug. 13-15

--Field Level Media

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