The PGA Tour regular season is over, with the top 70 players in the standings advancing to the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
The opening tournament has the pros in Memphis, Tennessee, for the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind. This is the third season that TPC Southwind has hosted the event but served as the host of the FedEx St. Jude Classic since 1989.
Will Zalatoris picked up his first PGA Tour win here last year, taking down Sepp Straka in a playoff. Zalatoris finished the four-day event with a total score of 265 (15-under), taking home $2.7 million dollars.
The first playoff event has been reduced from 125 to 70 players, while the purse has increased from $15 million to $20 million. The winner takes home $3.6 million of the total prize purse. Following the conclusion of the tournament, the top 50 finishers will advance on to next week’s BMW Championship.
A Glance at TPC Southwind
TPC Southwind was established in 1988 and has played host to a PGA Tour event since 1989. The course is operated by the PGA Tour as part of the Tournament Players Club network.
Regularly ranked as one of the hardest courses on the tour’s schedule, TPC Southwind plays as a par-70 that stretches over 7,200 yards. The course was designed by Ron Prichard with consultation from tour pros Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller.
On the course, you’ll find 94 bunkers and ten water hazards, along with one of the most difficult par 3s on the schedule. The 14th hole can lengthen to 239 yards, making it one of the most difficult par 3s on the PGA Tour.
Top Players Tee it Up in Memphis
All 70 players ranked inside the FedEx Cup standings are slated to tee it up this weekend. That means it’ll be the first time since the Open Championship that we see John Rahm, Scottie Sheffler, and Rory McIlroy in action.
Three of the four major champions, Rahm (Masters), Wyndham Clark (U.S. Open), and Brian Harman (Open Championship), are expected to be in action in Memphis. Multiple winners this season in the field include Clark, McIlroy, Rahm, Scheffler, Keegan Bradley, Max Homa, and Tony Finau.
The last five players ranked in the standings to earn a bid into the playoffs include Beau Hossler, Matt NeSmith, Vincent Norrman, J.J. Spaun, and Ben Griffin.
FedEx St. Jude Championship Betting Favorites
Scheffler (+650) comes into the opening playoff event as the betting favorite. His T23 at Royal Liverpool was the first time Scheffler’s finished outside the top 20 since his opening event of the season in October.
Rahm (+900) has only played a handful of times since April but is always a challenger in any event he tees it up in. The two-time major winner comes to TPC Southwind after a T2 at the Open Championship last month.
McIlroy (+1000), Patrick Cantlay (+1600), and Xander Schauffele (+2000 at BetOnline) round out the top five favorites. McIlroy has seven consecutive finishes inside the top 10, including a win at the Genesis Scottish Open.
Cantlay and Schauffele are both looking for their first victory of the season but have combined for 17 top-10 finishes over 37 events between the two this year.