You Oughta Know: Koepka eyes another win


With the U.S. Open on the horizon, Brooks Koepka is in the mix for a mometum-building victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round in Memphis, where Koepka trails Greg Owen and Fabian Gomez by a shot:

• Koepka won earlier this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and he enters the final round as the only player in the top six who is ranked inside the OWGR top 70. 

• Koepka began the season with a trio of top-10 finishes, capped by his win at TPC Scottsdale, but his best result since then is a T-16 finish last month at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

• Owen, 43, is still in search of his first PGA Tour victory, though he nearly won the 2006 Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Englishman has made only five of 12 cuts this season, with a T-22 finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship as his best result.

• Like Owen, Gomez eyes his maiden win. The Argentine finished T-2 at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open, and his best result this season came at the McGladrey Classic, where he finished T-8.

• Scott Brown enters the final round at 8 under, tied with Koepka at one shot back. He won the Puerto Rico Open in 2013, when Gomez bogeyed the 72nd hole, but the Augusta, Ga., native has never played in the Masters. That would change with a win Sunday.

• Australian Matt Jones entered the week at No. 72 in the OWGR and will begin the final round three shots back at 6 under. Jones won the 2014 Shell Houston Open, and he would earn a spot in the U.S. Open via the world rankings with a win or solo second-place finish.

• Austin Cook is tied for fifth, three shots back, making the most of a sponsor invite. Cook finished T-11 as a Monday qualifier at the Shell Houston Open, and he would earn a spot in the Travelers Championship with a top-10 finish. A top-40 finish should earn him enough non-member FedEx Cup points to qualify for the season-ending Finals. 

• David Toms is 5 under, tied for seventh. Toms won this event in both 2003 and 2004, though his last victory came at the 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational. 

• Camilo Villegas qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday and has brought that momentum with him to Memphis. Villegas is T-7 after three rounds and in position for his fifth top-15 finish at this event in the last six years.

• Phil Mickelson is tied for 19th after rounds of 68-69-70. He'll will begin the final round six shots back in his final start before the U.S. Open, where he will look to complete the career Grand Slam.