Fact Pack: FedEx St. Jude Classic

By Will GrayJune 5, 2012, 8:30 pm

This week the PGA Tour heads to Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, as players have one final opportunity to test their game before many will head to Olympic next week for the U.S. Open. A playoff has been required to crown a winner each of the past two years, and players will need to go low along TPC Southwind to have a chance at the title. With that in mind, here is a look inside the numbers to see which players may contend for the title(s) and help your Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge team in the process:

Undoubtedly the hottest player in this week's field is Zach Johnson. Coming off a win at Colonial, the former Masters champion also has runner-up finishes this year at The Players and RBC Heritage. Johnson has finished no worse than T-32 in three career starts at TPC Southwind, including a T-5 finish in 2006. He will look to rely on the putter as he did in his last start, leading the field in putts per round en route to his victory in Fort Worth.

• Few players in this week's field have as much experience at TPC Southwind as Bob Estes. Estes is making his 24th start in this tournament, boasting six top-10 finishes here in addition to his victory in 2001. Carrying a bit of momentum having survived his U.S. Open sectional qualifier on Monday, Estes may be a veteran to keep an eye on. He currently ranks eighth on Tour in three-putt avoidance and 15th in scrambling. 

Robert Karlsson will look to get his 2012 season on track at a venue where he has had a pair of near-misses. A playoff runner-up here in both 2010 and 2011, Karlsson has shot in the 60s in each of eight competitive rounds here. He will need to straighten out his game to continue that streak though - the Swede has only one stroke play finish inside the top 40 this year and currently ranks outside the top 150 on Tour in driving accuracy, greens in regulation percentage and strokes gained putting.

• Like Karlsson, Camilo Villegas enters this week struggling a bit with his game, but has found recent success at TPC Southwind. Villegas has top-10 finishes here each of the last two years, and four top-20 finishes in six career starts in Memphis. He has five missed cuts on the season, though, and his T-18 finish in New Orleans marks his best showing this year.

• With one exception, Robert Allenby has put together an impressive run recently at TPC Southwind. Outside of his W/D in 2010, Allenby has finished in the top 13 each year since 2007 including a runner-up finish in 2008. In last year's event, the Aussie ranked in the top 15 in the field in driving distance, driving accuracy and greens in regulation.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.