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PGA Tour moves to Memphis’s TPC Southwind for the FedEx St. Jude’s Classic. This takes place 1 week before the US Open, which is based at a similar course (Merion) to TPC Southwind in that it calls for more precision than distance. For this tournament, the winner gets a blue/white seersucker jacket. Winning scores have been at least 8-under for all but 2 years in the last 40 tournaments. How about that?
Here are my foursome for the week, which haven’t changed that much from tourney to tourney:
JUSTIN ROSE, BILL HAAS (not playing)
CAMERON TRINGALE 8/24/87: 9th in round 3 scoring average (69.80). Radar stat: Ball spin rate: 8th. No other top-10 stats.
TPC Southwind stats: 2011: T8, -7; 2010: cut.
Don’t expect much from Cameron this week. Starts off today in physical critical cycle, with no real handle on his driving. The remaining aspects of his game seem relatively solid but wane quickly as the weekend continues.
BRANDT SNEDEKER 12/8/80 The Nashville-based golfer ranks in the top-10 in these categories:
10th in driving accuracy, 3rd in birdie average, 4th all-around, 4th in par breakers, 3rd in par 4 birdie or better % (5th for all holes), 3rd best scoring average (69.89), 2nd in round 3 (68.63), 6th in final round (69.25). Leads in top 10 finishes. 9th in bounce back, 1st in par 4 performance. 3rd in GIR% at 125-150 yards, 6th in approaches 50-15 out. 3rd best front 9 scoring avg (34.62). Leads in rough proximity.
This tour report posts that Brandt is taking a legal drug to repair his rib cage muscles, strained at Pebble Beach earlier this year:
TPC Southwind stats:
2011: T15, -4; 2010: T29, -2; 2009, cut; 2008: T35, +3; 2007: T5, -5; 2004: T72, +10.
Brandt is coming out of a triple-low, the pains of which will be strongly relevant in day 1, with a physical critical day of his own. It’s the sort of day where there will be strong physical challenges, mostly from his driving and shotmaking, and felt more deeply and internally. From day 2 on, his shots will be stronger, and he will have to rely on his power instead of finesse to do well. This isn’t quite the course for such, tho, and I wonder whether he will actually make the cut.