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Mickelson grouped with Toms, Leonard at FedEx

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With the season's second major just a week away, several marquee players will be looking to hone their skills this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Here's a look at some of the early-round groupings to keep an eye on, as Phil Mickelson hopes to create some major momentum (all times ET):

8:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:40 p.m. Friday: Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Retief Goosen

Johnson won this event in 2012 and is seen as the pre-tournament favorite after a third-place showing last week at the Memorial Tournament. He'll be joined by McDowell, a winner earlier this season in Mexico whose lone top-10 finish in Memphis came in 2009, and Goosen, who finished third here in 2011 and received a special exemption for next week's event at Oakmont.


8:50 a.m. Thursday, 1:50 p.m. Friday: Phil Mickelson, David Toms, Justin Leonard

This trio may seem like a throwback 90s grouping, with the 43-year-old Leonard the youngest of the group. Leonard won this event twice, most recently in 2008, while Toms won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004 and just qualified for Oakmont. Mickelson has come close here, with a runner-up in 2013 and a third-place showing a year ago.


1:40 p.m. Thursday, 8:40 a.m. Friday: Ben Crane, Harris English, Ernie Els

Crane and English both have fond recent memories of this event, as English earned his breakthrough win here in 2013 and Crane went wire-to-wire en route to victory the following year. Rounding out the group will be Els, who hasn't played this event since a T-26 finish back in 1995.


1:50 p.m. Thursday, 8:50 a.m. Friday: Fabian Gomez, Brooks Koepka, Steve Stricker

Gomez returns to the site of his first career victory, having held off Greg Owen by four shots a year ago at TPC Southwind. He'll be joined for the first two rounds by Koepka, who is making his first start since a playoff loss at the AT&T Byron Nelson, and Stricker, who is making his first appearance in Memphis since 2006.