WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational 2021: Form guide for this week's event in Memphis

TPC Southwind made its PGA Tour debut in 1989
TPC Southwind has been a regular PGA Tour venue for more than 30 years

TPC Southwind is the venue for the prestigious St Jude Invitational in Tennessee. Course and current form stats compiled by Andy Swales...

"Tournaments at TPC Southwind have been dominated by American pros since 2000. Only two of the last 22 champions here were not home grown."

The PGA Tour makes its annual trip to Tennessee for this week's WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational.

Up until 2018, the tournament was played shortly before the US Open, but was then upgraded to World Golf Championship status and moved to a date later in the schedule.

Host course TPC Southwind has been part of the Tour calendar since 1989 and is a venue where accuracy from tee-to-green holds greater importance than power.

This gently undulating tree-lined course was built on the site of a former dairy farm and opened 33 years ago.

It is a rural location, approximately 12 miles south-east of Memphis city centre, and was given a major facelift 17 years ago.

Back then, the original Bentgrass putting surfaces were switched to Bermuda. They also narrowed many of the fairways, planted more than 100 new trees, added 15 bunkers and enlarged three ponds.

There was another complete revamp of the venue's bunkers ahead of last year's tournament in early August.

The greens at TPC Southwind are smaller than the PGA Tour average, which is one reason why accuracy holds the key to success this week.

Water comes into play on nine holes, with tricky dog-legs a particular feature of this parkland course.

Strong entry

The only big name missing from the starting line-up this week is world No 1 Jon Rahm who missed out on competing at The Olympics because of a second positive Covid-test.

Tournaments at TPC Southwind have been dominated by American pros since 2000.

Only two of the last 22 champions here (Fabian Gomez (2015) and Lee Westwood (2010)) were not home grown.

Latest odds for TPC Southwind

WGC events do tend to be won by golf's elite, and that is unlikely to change this week.

One golfer on the fringes of this category is world No 17 Daniel Berger, a two-time winner at TPC Southwind, and who tied-2nd here last year.

Berger is currently 14th in the category Strokes Gained: Approach the Green, and eighth for Greens in Regulation - so don't be surprised if he enjoys another strong running this weekend.

Also finishing second last year was a 50-year-old Phil Mickelson who just a few months ago became the oldest major champion of all time. Mickelson has stood on the podium at TPC Southwind four times since 2013.

Jordan Spieth, who tees-up for the first time since finishing runner-up at Sandwich, is probably a more realistic winner than Leftie.

Spieth is within touching distance of securing an automatic slot in this year's American Ryder Cup team, and would probably be handed a wild card anyway if he failed to qualify.

Finally, if you do fancy a flutter on one of the non-Americans, then how about Matt Fitzpatrick for an e/w finish?

The Englishman has finished 4th and 6th at Southwind these past two years, and tends to perform his best at venues which require accurate iron play.

Three of his PGA Tour top-10s during 2021 have come at such courses as Riviera (T5), TPC Sawgrass (T9) and Harbour Town (T4).

Course Comparisons (1.1.16 - 31.12.20)


Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
56.73: TPC Southwind (FedEx St Jude) (24/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)

Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
61.73: TPC Southwind (FedEx St Jude) (24/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar Ch`ship) (29/29)

Putting (GiR)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.738: TPC Southwind (FedEx St Jude) (10/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)

Key: Above stats are for all 29 courses which staged four or more PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020. To qualify for a ranking (between 1 & 29), tournaments must have a minimum of 50 players competing over the final two rounds of the event. Averages do not include players who failed to complete at least 54 holes.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / TPC Southwind (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22
Dustin Johnson MC 8 25 19 10
Collin Morikawa 4 1 71 4 2 14
Justin Thomas 22 40 8 19 42 40
Xander Schauffele 1 26 10 7 11
Bryson DeChambeau 33 MC 19 26 18
Brooks Koepka 6 5 4 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 2 3 42 2 18
Patrick Cantlay MC 13 15 1
Harris English 46 1 3 14
Viktor Hovland 14 12 1 Wd 47
Patrick Reed 22 34 MC 32 25 19 5 MC
Rory McIlroy 4 46 MC 59 7 18
Tyrrell Hatton MC 18 MC 2
Jordan Spieth 2 19 18 2
Webb Simpson 19 MC MC
Daniel Berger 8 34 7 20
Scottie Scheffler 8 12 47 7 3 MC
Tony Finau 28 15 MC MC 32 20
Hideki Matsuyama 4 Wd 26 62
Matt Fitzpatrick 26 2 55 10 MC
Paul Casey 4 15 36 7 6
Abraham Ancer 14 59 4 MC MC 14
Jason Kokrak 26 12 MC 1
Billy Horschel 53 54 MC 67 40
Joaquin Niemann 10 59 2 36 31 MC 50
Sung Jae Im 22 47 8 35 35 MC MC
Cameron Smith 10 33 30 MC MC
Lee Westwood 59 35 46 MC
Will Zalatoris Wd 26 77 MC 59
Phil Mickelson MC 74 61 62 MC
Sam Burns 76 18 13 MC 50
Ryan Palmer MC 4 MC 32
Tommy Fleetwood 16 33 26 17 50 35
Corey Conners 13 15 MC MC 53 20
Marc Leishman 51 MC 3 64 57
Kevin Na 2 47 MC 32
Matthew Wolff 39 58 MC 15
Max Homa 40 25 MC MC 6
Shane Lowry 22 12 23 65 6
Garrick Higgo 53 MC MC 41 MC MC 1
Brian Harman 19 MC 5 19 8
Adam Scott 46 13 35 16
Victor Perez MC 59 MC MC
Stewart Cink MC MC 30 57 47
Justin Rose 46 36 MC 20
Robert MacIntyre MC 8 18 35 37
Kevin Kisner 73 8 5 55 MC 40
Ian Poulter 26 4 36 40 25 3
Sergio Garcia 25 19 17 19 20
Lucas Herbert MC MC 4 1 19 18
Si Woo Kim 32 Wd 58 MC 40 9 Wd
Min Woo Lee MC 1 17 42 MC 52
Carlos Ortiz 42 MC 47 MC 16 40
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 6 MC 73 MC 65
Cameron Davis 28 55 1 MC 45
Cameron Champ 1 11 MC MC Wd MC
Matt Jones MC 52 36 65 MC MC
Lucas Glover MC 1 41 MC 37 8
Aaron Rai 63 19 35 12 42 MC MC
Ryosuke Kinoshita 59 MC 1 1 45
Martin Laird 28 MC MC MC 53
Robert Streb MC MC 38 19 MC 45
Jim Herman 20 28 25 26
Wilco Nienaber 31 MC MC 68 14 MC
Wade Ormsby 10 12 MC 55 40 MC 19
Brad Kennedy 52 MC MC 44 14
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dustin Johnson 12 20 1 5 Wd 24 10 1
Collin Morikawa 20
Justin Thomas 1 12
Xander Schauffele 6 27 52
Bryson DeChambeau 30 48 MC 45
Brooks Koepka 2 1 30 37 2 3 19
Louis Oosthuizen 6 20
Patrick Cantlay 35 12
Harris English MC 10 26 45 MC 1
Viktor Hovland 59
Patrick Reed 47 12 MC 5 MC MC
Rory McIlroy 47 4 7
Tyrrell Hatton 69 43
Jordan Spieth 30 12
Webb Simpson 12 2 MC 3
Daniel Berger 2 MC 1 1
Scottie Scheffler 15 43 MC
Tony Finau 65 27 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 20 43
Matt Fitzpatrick 6 4
Paul Casey 67 27 24
Abraham Ancer 15 MC 18
Jason Kokrak 44 64 MC MC
Billy Horschel 25 9 51 4 8 6 10 72 MC
Joaquin Niemann 52 MC
Sung Jae Im 35
Cameron Smith 59 12 MC
Lee Westwood MC 11
Will Zalatoris
Phil Mickelson 2 57 12 9 2 3 11 2
Sam Burns MC
Ryan Palmer 15 51 MC* 68 22 32 4 3
Tommy Fleetwood 35 4
Corey Conners 30 27 68 MC
Marc Leishman 52 3
Kevin Na 35 43
Matthew Wolff 49 24
Max Homa 52 61 MC* 66
Shane Lowry 6 30
Garrick Higgo
Brian Harman MC 6 MC MC
Adam Scott 40 10
Victor Perez 65
Stewart Cink 4 10 65 37 53
Justin Rose 11
Robert MacIntyre 59
Kevin Kisner 25 27 50 13 38
Ian Poulter 69 8 31 6 51
Sergio Garcia 35 40 MC
Lucas Herbert 49
Si Woo Kim MC
Min Woo Lee
Carlos Ortiz MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Cameron Davis
Cameron Champ 25
Matt Jones 59 51 18 26 3 MC MC
Lucas Glover 53
Aaron Rai 12
Ryosuke Kinoshita
Martin Laird MC 58 60 24
Robert Streb MC 31 46 39
Jim Herman MC 47 MC
Wilco Nienaber
Wade Ormsby
Brad Kennedy

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