FedEx St. Jude Classic
We discuss Tiger's big win, Rory's big struggles, a big Swede's close calls, and of course, this week's PGA Tour stop
FedEx St. Jude Classic
Where: Memphis, Tenn.
Course: TPC Southwind
Defending champion: Harrison Frazar defeated Robert Karlsson in a playoff for his first PGA Tour win in his 355th career start.
This Week's Fix Six
2. Graeme McDowell
3. Zach Johnson
4. Dustin Johnson
5. Spencer Levin
6. Matt Every
Welcome to another edition of Fantasy Fix, where we love how quickly everyone gets back to declaring Tiger Woods "back." Jack's tournament certainly brought out the best in Tiger, raising anticipation for next week's U.S. Open to new heights. But in the meantime, there's more work to be done in the fantasy world. Let's get to it.
The PGA Tour heads to Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. While some version of this event has been held in Memphis since 1958, this is the first time its name hasn't changed in four years.
(Other) Random tournament fact: Al Geiberger shot the PGA Tour's first 59 in the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in 1977, when the event was played at Colonial Country Club. In related news, I think that was Rickie Fowler's back-nine score playing with Tiger at the Memorial on Sunday.
Harrison Frazar. In one of 2011's best stories, the journeyman won his first PGA Tour event in his 355th start. As much as we enjoyed his emotional response, we don't plan on seeing Frazar shedding any tears of joy this year. With more missed cuts than made ones at this event, there are a lot of better options out there.
STUD OF THE WEEK
Rory McIlroy. The world's No. 2 had a T-29 here last year after stumbling over the weekend. At this point, after an astonishing three-straight missed cuts, he'd just be happy to be playing any golf over the weekend. But considering his previous stretch (11 top fives in 12 worldwide events) was just as astonishing in a good way, we're not worried about him finding his form again quickly as he tunes up for his U.S. Open title defense. This week, especially versus a relatively-weak field, seems like a good place to start. After all, Tiger was coming off a poor three-week stretch himself last week...
OTHER BIG NAMES TO PLAY
Dustin Johnson. DJ managed a respectable T-19 at the Memorial after missing more than two months due to a back injury. The good thing about golf is that a layoff like that is just a small blip in an entire career. In other words, there's still plenty of time for him to be talked about as "THE next great American golfer."
Graeme McDowell. G-Mac tweeted a passenger was removed from his flight to Memphis for saying "I hope this plane crashes" too loudly. You don't see that every day. You also don't see former U.S. Open champs flying commercial every day. We are fans.
THE TOO-OBVIOUS PICK OF THE WEEK
Robert Karlsson. The big Swede has finished runner-up the past two years -- his two closest attempts to capturing a first PGA Tour title. The good news for him? The 2010 winner Lee Westwood isn't in the field and 2011 winner Harrison Frazar, is, well, Harrison Frazar.
WEEKLY YAHOO! ROSTER SELECTIONS
Starters: Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell.
Bench: Spencer Levin, David Toms, Blake Adams and Matt Every.
Care to make a guest pick? Be bold and email me at Alex.Myers@GolfDigest.com or tweet at me (@AlexMyers3) for a chance to appear in next week's column. Or if you just feel like making fun of my picks or discussing your favorite "strongest drink" choice in New Orleans. Now that I've been, I must say I'm partial to the "Jester."