Par 70 7,239 Yards
Apologies for my absence folks it’s been a very busy few weeks but it’s great to be back. After the Duf winning on Jack’s stomping ground in Ohio, we move on to the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the last event before we head over to Erin Hills for the 2017 edition of the US Open. This event is held in Memphis, Tennessee and has been held annually since 1958 and is currently played at TPC Southwind, its home since 1989.
TPC Southwind is a 7,239 yard par 70 with two par 5’s, four par 3’s and 12 par 4’s.The fairways are undulating and narrow but the rough isn’t too penal so it’s not the end of the world if you’re a bit erratic off the tee. There are roughly 100 bunkers with 10 water hazards coming into play with various streams, lakes and ponds scattered around the course. The greens here are Bermuda and are smaller than average by tour standards with tricky undulations. Players will need decent accuracy with their approach shots and a pretty warm putter to score well here. The main areas of focus here are GIR, strokes gained tee to green, strokes gained putting, par 4 and par 3 scoring and current/previous form.
The weather looks pretty good for the tournament days and should be relatively uninterrupted.
The Aussie has been playing well throughout the season and comes here on the back of two top 10’s in his last four starts. He had a good week at the Masters in Augusta finishing T9 and followed that with a T6 at The Players Championship shooting rounds of 70,72,71,70 to post five under par in total. Scott has had some good performances on tricky courses this year including a T11 in Riviera at the Genesis Open and T14 at The Honda at the end of February.
Scott has only played here once before finishing seventh in 2007 and also ticks a lot of boxes here ranking 17th in driving distance, 12th in birdie average and 293rd in par 4 birdie or better leaders. He is one of the best players in the field here this week and has to be respected given his decent record on Bermuda Greens.
I’ve been keeping an eye on Kyle Stanley over the last few weeks and he seems to be coming into some nice form lately. He has been playing well over the last couple of months finishing T17 at Bay Hill, T8 in Houston, T4 at the Players and T6 last week at the Memorial.
Although Stanley has played here four times before, his best finish was T49 back in 2012 but he is in much better form this time around. Statswise he looks like he could really suit this course ranking 16th in driving accuracy, second in GIR, ninth in par 4 scoring and 11th in par 5 scoring. He looks to be in great shape coming into this week and could be one to watch.
Henley has had a great season so far and seems to be showing some great consistency over the last few months. He started with a T14 at the Sanderson Farms and followed that with a T10 at The RSM Classic, T13 at The Sony, T16 in Phoenix, T9 at the Valspar, a win in Houston and an impressive T11 at The Masters. He has fractionally gone off the boil lately but he has a good record here at TPC Southwind finishing 27th in 2013 and seventh last year.
Henley looks like another player that could suit this course statswise ranking 22nd in GIR, 20th in birdie average, ninth in par 4 scoring and 16th in par 5 scoring. I thought 28/1 was great value for a guy that’s in great form lately.
After a bit of a slow start to the PGA Tour season, Kevin Tway looks to be finding his feet over the last couple of months with some great performances on tricky courses. He had a great week at the Texas Open finishing T3 and followed that with a solo third in New Orleans after a superb final round 61. Tway then travelled to the Wells Fargo finishing T5 and followed that with a respectable T20 at the Byron Nelson and a T18 in Colonial.
Statswise he ranks sixth in driving distance and 29th in strokes gained off the tee. Tway seeme to be playing with some decent consistency recently and looks great value here this week.
Adam Scott 12/1 1pt EW
Kyle Stanley 28/1 0.5pts EW
Russell Henley 28/1 0.5pts EW
Kevin Tway 50/1 0.5pts EW
Total staked = 5 pts
Good luck and enjoy the golf,
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