There is just once last chance for the players to tune up before the U.S. Open next week. They will get that chance as they head down to Memphis for the Fedex St. Jude Classic. A strong field will be teeing it up at TPC Southwind which measures 7, 244 yards and plays as a par 70. Last years winner Daniel Berger is back to defend the title he won. He managed to beat Phil Mickelson despite ‘Lefty’ stirring the pot a bit. During the storm delay last year at this event Mickelson suggested he was surprised that Berger had won rookie of the year despite not winning yet. This may have prompted Berger into action and gave him the desire to win. There certainly isn’t any love loss between the two and this was evident last year at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play where Berger made Mickelson putt out from one foot. It will be interesting to see what side plots develop again this week in Memphis. Mickelson will miss the U.S. Open next week to attend the graduation of his daughter. A staggering decision as he is only a U.S. major away from the grand slam. He also isn’t getting any younger and at 47 he may see this as his final throw of the dice to remain competitive. The competition is growing and the younger pros are hitting it further than ever. Despite this, Mickelson should be an example to all as he puts family first. A true gentleman and timeless figure of the game, the watching world will miss him next week at Erin Hills.
Adam Scott (+1200 BetOnline.ag)
It has been over a year since Adam Scott last won and you begin to feel that he is due a win again soon. Keeping the sweet swinging Australian down just won’t happen. He showed glimpses of brilliance again at the Players Championship with a sixth placed finish. Keep an eye on a rejuvenated Scott this week.
Francesco Molinari (+1800 BetOnline.ag)
The ever consistent Molinari is enjoying a second wind on the PGA Tour. He also finished in sixth place at the Players Championship and enjoyed a top 25 placing at the Wells Fargo Championship. He’s getting closer and closer and will feel like he’s in with a very real chance this week in Memphis.
Kevin Chappell (+2800 BetOnline.ag)
Buoyed by his first win on the tour in April at the Valero Texas Open, Chappell is beginning to play some exceptionally competitive golf. He will be a threat this week and will have grown in confidence as he now knows how to win.
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