Andy Swales provides course and current form stats ahead of this week's World Golf Championship event in Tennessee...
"Still only 25, Fitzpatrick is at a career-high 20 in the World Ranking and can certainly hold his own, despite a lack of length off the tee."
The world's leading golfers prepare for next week's US PGA Championship by heading to Tennessee for the FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind.
With an expected field size of no more than 78, the tournament enjoys World Golf Championship (WGC) status but will take place behind closed doors, as will every PGA Tour event through to the end of the season.
TPC Southwind has been a regular Tour venue since 1989, but was only upgraded to become a WGC event 12 months ago.
This rural location is situated around 12 miles south-east of Memphis city centre, and was opened 32 years ago.
Two-time major winners Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller, combined with architect Ron Prichard, to build a gently undulating tree-lined course on what was previously a dairy farm.
Although routing remains untouched, the greens were renovated ahead of the 2005 tournament when the original Bentgrass putting surfaces were switched to Bermuda.
During the same upgrade many fairways were narrowed, three ponds were enlarged, more than 100 new trees planted and 15 bunkers added.
Water comes into play on nine holes, with tricky dog-legs a particular feature of the course.
Accuracy is a vital ingredient at a venue which offers as much optimism to the shorter-hitters as it does the long drivers.
Defending champion is four-time major winner Brooks Koepka who missed the cut in Minnesota last week - albeit by a single shot.
The 30-year-old is 155th in the current FedEx Cup standings, having posted just one top-10 all season - and with his US PGA Championship title defence just seven days away.
Koepka will be hoping he can re-discover some inspiration at a venue which has yielded a hat-trick of podium finishes during the past five years.
One course specialist who has played well this season is Daniel Berger and he's at No 12 in the latest FedEx table.
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He has also returned to the world's top 30, thanks to his victory at Colonial, plus one other podium finish since the resumption of play last month.
Berger, 27, is a two-time winner at TPC Southwind and the stats show he has performed pretty well in all categories this season, holding top-20 positions in two Strokes Gained tables - namely Tee-to-Green and Putting.
Another solid performer at present is Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, who stood on the podium in his last outing at Muirfield Village.
Still only 25, Fitzpatrick is at a career-high 20 in the World Ranking and can certainly hold his own, despite a lack of length off the tee.
Cream of golf
Thirteen of the world's top-14 ranked golfers are among the entries, including Rory McIlroy who has still not registered a top-10 since the PGA Tour opened for business again in early June.
Outside of the leading group, Billy Horschel might be worth a look.
He played himself into form with a brace of decent results at Muirfield Village, while five of his last six trips to Memphis have produced top-10s.
Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive
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