You Oughta Know: FedEx St. Jude Classic


Here is everything You Oughta Know entering the final round of the Fedex St. Jude Classic:

• Current leader Shawn Stefani had competed in 16 previous PGA Tour events – 14 in this rookie season – making seven cuts, including one top-10 (a T-7 at the Tampa Bay Championship) and had earned a grand total of $282,351. That number places him 823rd on the all-time money list.

• The secret to Stefani’s success? His putting from inside 10 feet has been terrific. So far this week, he is 43 for 45 in putts of that range, missing just one in the first round and one in the third round.

• Stefani is seeking to become just the fourth player to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic in his first start since the event moved to TPC Southwind in 1989. The others: Dustin Johnson (2012), Lee Westwood (2010) and Dicky Pride (1994). Just six players overall have won this event in their first appearance.

• Since the tournament moved to TPC Southwind in 1989, the third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic 12 times, most recently Brian Gay in 2009. Six out of the last seven winners have won in come-from-behind fashion, with Gay the only 54-hole leader able to hold on during that stretch.

• Harris English led after the first and second rounds, but now trails Stefani by one stroke entering the final round. In 43 career starts before this week, English’s previous best position heading into a final round was T-2 at the 2012 Honda Classic before finishing T-18.

• English is making his 17th start of his sophomore season, with three top-10 finishes. His best was a T-6 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. His career-best finish is a T-5 at the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational.

• English attended Baylor School in Chattanooga (2003-2007), where he led the school to four state titles. While at Baylor, he also won one individual state title.

• Scott Stallings is in a share of third place at 8 under, four strokes behind Stefani. If his last two final rounds are any indication, he could be in the mix come late Sunday afternoon. He closed with a 66 to finish T-4 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational and a 67 to also finish T-4 at The Memorial Tournament.

• Phil Mickelson continues to improve with each round (71-67-65). At 7-under 203, the 41-time PGA Tour winner will enter the final round five strokes back. At the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Mickelson began the final round six strokes back, before an 8-under 64 on Sunday gave him a two-stroke win.

• In collecting his 41 wins, Mickelson has won in 11 different states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas.