PGA Tour
PGA - FedEx St. Jude Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 6th through Sunday, June 9th
SITE: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ron Prichard (1987), Fuzzy Zoeller/Hubert Green
         (Consultants), PGA Tour Design Services (2004)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,239
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 434 yds10 - Par 4 465 yds
2 - Par 4 401 yds11 - Par 3 157 yds
3 - Par 5 554 yds12 - Par 4 406 yds
4 - Par 3 196 yds13 - Par 4 472 yds
5 - Par 4 485 yds14 - Par 3 239 yds
6 - Par 4 445 yds15 - Par 4 395 yds
7 - Par 4 482 yds16 - Par 5 530 yds
8 - Par 3 178 yds17 - Par 4 490 yds
9 - Par 4 457 yds18 - Par 4 453 yds
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35 3,632 yds35 3,607 yds
 
Annual:  56th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Dustin Johnson
Runner-Up:  John Merrick
Tournament Record:  258 (John Cook, 1996)
54-Hole Record:  189 (John Cook, 1996)
36-Hole Record:  126 (John Cook, 1996; David Frost, 1999)
18-Hole Record:  59 (Al Geiberger, 1977 -- Colonial CC - Cordova)
Course Record:  61 (Jay Delsing, 1993; Bob Estes, 2001)
Total Purse:  $5,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,026,000; 2nd Place - $615,600; 3rd Place - $387,600
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Dustin Johnson271Ryan Palmer273
John Merrick272Robert Allenby274
Chad Campbell273Ken Duke274
Davis Love III273Rory McIlroy274
Nick O'Hern273Seung-Yul Noh274
 
Past FedEx St. Jude Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Dustin Johnson (271) -- John Merrick
2011*Harrison Frazar (267) -- Robert Karlsson
2010*Lee Westwood (270) -- Robert Garrigus, Robert Karlsson
2009Brian Gay (262) -- Bryce Molder, David Toms
2008*Justin Leonard (276) -- Robert Allenby, Trevor Immelman
2007Woody Austin (267) -- Brian Davis
2006Jeff Maggert (271) -- Tom Pernice, Jr.
2005Justin Leonard (266) -- David Toms
2004David Toms (268) -- Bob Estes
2003David Toms (264) -- Nick Price
2002Len Mattiace (266) -- Tim Petrovic
2001Bob Estes (267) -- Bernhard Langer
2000Notah Begay III (271) -- Chris DiMarco, Bob May
1999Ted Tryba (265) -- Tim Herron, Tom Lehman
1998*Nick Price (268) -- Jeff Sluman
1997Greg Norman (268) -- Dudley Hart
1996John Cook (258) -- John Adams
1995Jim Gallagher, Jr. (267) -- Jay Delsing, Ken Green
1994*Dicky Pride (267) -- Gene Sauers, Hal Sutton
1993Nick Price (266) -- Rick Fehr, Jeff Maggert
1992Jay Haas (263) -- Dan Forsman, Robert Gamez
1991Fred Couples (269) -- Rick Fehr
1990*Tom Kite (269) -- John Cook
1989John Mahaffey (272) -- Bob Gilder, Hubert Green, Bernhard Langer
1988Jodie Mudd (273) -- Peter Jacobsen, Nick Price
1987Curtis Strange (275) -- Russ Cochran, Mike Donald, Tom Kite,
Denis Watson
1986Mike Hulbert (280) -- Joey Sindelar
1985*Hal Sutton (279) -- David Ogrin
1984Bob Eastwood (280) -- Ralph Landrum, Mark O'Meara, Tim Simpson
1983Larry Mize (274) -- Chip Beck, Sammy Rachels, Fuzzy Zoeller
1982Ray Floyd (271) -- Mike Holland
1981Jerry Pate (274) -- Tom Kite, Bruce Lietzke
1980Lee Trevino (272) -- Tom Purtzer
1979*Gil Morgan (278) -- Larry Nelson
1978*Andy Bean (277) -- Lee Trevino
1977Al Geiberger (273) -- Jerry McGee, Gary Player
1976Gibby Gilbert (273) -- Forrest Fezler, John Lister, Gil Morgan
1975Gene Littler (270) -- John Mahaffey
1974Gary Player (273) -- Lou Graham, Hubert Green
1973Dave Hill (283) -- Allen Miller, Lee Trevino
1972Lee Trevino (281) -- John Mahaffey
1971Lee Trevino (268) -- Lee Elder, Jerry Heard, Hale Irwin, Randy Wolff
1970Dave Hill (267) -- Frank Beard, Homero Blancas, Bob Charles
1969Dave Hill (265) -- Lee Elder
1968Bob Lunn (268) -- Monty Kaser
1967Dave Hill (272) -- Johnny Pott
1966Bert Yancey (265) -- Gene Littler
1965*Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Johnny Pott
1964Mike Souchak (270) -- Billy Casper, Tommy Jacobs
1963*Tony Lema (270) -- Tommy Aaron
1962*Lionel Hebert (267) -- Gene Littler, Gary Player
1961Cary Middlecoff (266) -- Gardner Dickinson, Mike Souchak
1960*Tommy Bolt (273) -- Ben Hogan, Gene Littler
1959*Don Whitt (272) -- Al Balding, Gary Player
1958Billy Maxwell (267) -- Cary Middlecoff

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called St. Jude Classic (2009-10), Stanford St. Jude
Championship (2007-08), FedEx St. Jude Classic (1995-2006), Federal Express St. Jude Classic (1986-94), St. Jude Memphis Classic (1985), Danny Thomas Memphis Classic (1970-84), Memphis Invitational Open (1960-69), Memphis Open (1958-59).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Dustin Johnson---------------------------Won
John Merrick------------mc---T-73T-53T-112nd
Robert AllenbyT-17---mc---T-12T-2T-4wdT-13T-7
Padraig Harrington------------mcT-4mcT-56T-52T-13
John DalywdT-42T-72wd79thmcT-5964thT-38T-19
Fredrik JacobsonT-3T-5T-6mcT-17T-42T-39T-15T-32T-27
Boo Weekley------------mcT-4mcT-53T-32T-27
Jeff Maggert------mcWonmcT-24wdT-67---T-27
Shaun MicheelmcmcT-39mcT-12mcmcT-4T-56T-38
Robert Karlsson---------------------T-22ndmc
John Rollins------T-62------------T-15T-25mc
Scott Stallings------------------------T-25mc
Brian GaymcT-5mcT-164thT-60WonT-15mcmc
David TomsWonWon2ndT-103rdT-37T-2T-29mcmc
Justin Leonard------WonT-22T-46Wonmcmc---mc
Brandt Snedeker------------T-5T-35mcT-29T-15---
Ian Poulter---------------------mc------
Phil Mickelson------------------T-59---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Scott Stallings
Darkhorse - John Rollins
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished tied for 65th
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Huh) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to Memphis, Tennessee this week for the final tune-up for the second major championship of the season, the U.S. Open. World No. 6 and Tennessee native Brandt Snedeker is the highest-ranked player in the field. He is joined by world No. 10 Phil Mickelson, world No. 16 Ian Poulter, and world No. 19 and defending champion Dustin Johnson. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $5.7 million, with the winner receiving $1,026,000.

Snedeker has six top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including a victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He finished tied for sixth at the Masters and tied for eighth at the Players Championship. Snedeker's six top-10 finishes are tied for most on tour this season.

Mickelson is playing for the first time since missing the cut at the Players Championship four weeks ago. He won earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

This week's event has a storied past, as the tournament dates back to 1958. Some of the previous winners include Tommy Bolt, Cary Middlecoff, Tony Lema, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Gene Littler, Jerry Pate, Raymond Floyd, Larry Mize, Hal Sutton, Curtis Strange, Tom Kite, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Nick Price, David Toms and Justin Leonard -- all major championship winners.

Toms is the all-time leading money winner with $3,545,123 in earnings. He has finished in the top-10 seven of the last 11 years, finishing 4th (2002), 1st (2003), 1st (2004), 2nd (2005), T-10 (2006), 3rd (2007) and T-2 (2009). Toms made 15 consecutive cuts, a tournament record, before missing the cut in 2011.

This is the 25th year in which the tournament has been held at the TPC Southwind. The golf course features eight lakes and three streams affecting play on 11 holes, and also has signature TPC features, including spectator mounding and other subtle land movements as well as bunkers and chipping areas around small, undulating greens. Colonial Country Club's South Course previously hosted from 1972 through 1988, while Colonial Country Club in Memphis was the venue from 1958-71.

The beneficiary of the tournament's proceeds is the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The tournament has raised more than $25 million for St. Jude since the hospital became the sole beneficiary in 1970.

Last year, Johnson birdied two of his final three holes to shoot a 4-under 66 in the final round as he came from one shot back to win. He finished at 9- under 271 and won by a stroke over John Merrick. The victory was Johnson's sixth on the PGA Tour.

In 2011, after 355 career starts on the PGA Tour, Harrison Frazar's wait was finally over. Frazar parred the third playoff hole to defeat Robert Karlsson and win for his first victory on tour. The 39-year-old had the sixth-longest active streak without a win on the PGA Tour. Karlsson lost in playoffs in 2010 and 2011.

Brian Gay fired four rounds in the 60s in 2009 and cruised to a 5-stroke win over Bryce Molder and Toms. Gay finished at 18-under 262 and became the fourth player to go wire-to-wire (no ties). The others were Dave Hill (1967), Bob Estes (2001) and Leonard (2005).

In 2008, Leonard birdied the second playoff hole to beat Trevor Immelman and Robert Allenby to win this event for the second time. Leonard also won the 2005 tournament. Leonard, Immelman and Allenby finished at 4-under 276, making it the highest winning score since the tournament moved to TPC Southwind in 1989.

Woody Austin fired a bogey-free, 8-under 62 in the final round to capture this event in 2007. Austin posted six birdies and an eagle for the best round of his PGA Tour career. He made five birdies on the back nine and finished the tournament with 49 consecutive bogey-free holes. In the end, Austin stood at 13-under 267 for a 5-shot win over England's Brian Davis. It was his third PGA Tour win and first since the 2004 Buick Championship.

In 2006, Jeff Maggert shot a 5-under 65 in the final round to pull away and win. Maggert ended at 9-under-par 271 for a 3-stroke victory over Tom Pernice, Jr. The win was Maggert's first since the 1999 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Maggert finished with only 99 putts in four rounds (25-25-24-25).

Leonard opened with a 62 in the first round of 2005 and led wire-to-wire. Leonard struggled to a final-round 73, but held on for a 1-shot victory over two-time defending champion Toms. Leonard's final-round 73 matched the highest closing round by a winner in tournament history, joining Hill (1967) and Toms (2004).

In 2004, Toms became just the third player to win back-to-back titles, as he finished at 16-under-par 268 and won by six over 2001 champion Estes. Hill (1969-70) and Trevino (1971-72) were the only players to win back-to-back championships before Toms.

Al Geiberger became the first player to shoot 59 in PGA Tour history back in 1977 at this event. At that same tournament in 1977, President Gerald Ford made a hole-in-one during the celebrity pro-am.

Hal Sutton owns the record for the biggest comeback in tournament history when he came from eight back to win in 1985. Dave Hill (4), Trevino (3), Price (2), Toms (2) and Leonard (2) are the only multiple winners.

The PGA Tour, in conjunction with the USGA, moves to Pennsylvania next week for the second major championship of the year, the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia, where Webb Simpson will defend his title and try for his second major championship win.

06/04 15:35:52 ET

As of June 4, 2013, at 03:36 PM ET