If you’re bummed out about the strength of the field for the FedEx St. Jude Classic this season, just wait because it will be one of the WGC events next year, as the Bridgestone Invitational will become the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and will move to August. For now, it is the final tune-up event for next week’s US Open at Shinnecock Hills, which is why we have a watered-down field on hand. It makes sense for a tournament benefiting one of the best children’s hospitals in the world to do more to attract players. TPC Southwind in Memphis has hosted this event since 1989 on the 7,244-yard par 70 course. The purse for this event will take a sizable jump as a WGC event, which will certainly attract more players, not to mention what it will do for the Official World Golf Rankings. Right now, players are vying for a cut of $6.6 million and a first-place prize of $1.188 million. Four of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking are on hand, with Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Henrik Stenson as the three most notable names. Brooks Koepka is the other one, as those four players look to smooth out any rough edges in advance of next week’s major. Daniel Berger has a shot at winning his third straight FedEx St. Jude Classic, but the list of names that has won this thing lately speaks to the type of field we see. Fabian Gomez, Ben Crane, Harris English, Dustin Johnson, Harrison Frazar, and Lee Westwood are the other winners this decade. This is a pretty regular stop for DJ, but a lot of other notables do bypass this event. The front nine at TPC Southwind is a lot friendlier than the back 9, at least until you get to scoring holes at 15 and 16. This course really doesn’t look that challenging from an aerial view or when standing behind the tee box, but the best winning score here this decade is just 13-under par, which has been done three times. The par 70 element does limit scoring a little bit, so you have to keep that in mind as well, but this is a course that can be challenging. Weather conditions are expected to be quite warm this week, so we could see some hard and fast greens as well. The favorite this week per 5Dimes Sportsbook is Dustin Johnson at +620. DJ won this event back in 2012 by one shot over John Merrick. At the time, that was just his sixth professional win. Now, Johnson has 17 to his name. He is pretty much a fixture at this event, so we do have a lot of course form data, but we’ll start with his recent form, which is solid. Johnson hasn’t finished lower than 17th in his last five events and finished eighth at the Memorial thanks to a final-round 67. Johnson actually skipped this event last year, but was fifth in 2016 and 24th in 2014. He withdrew in 2015, but he usually does try to make this an annual stop. An out-of-nowhere 75 drove him down the board in 2014 and a 73 did the same in 2016, so if he can avoid a bad Saturday and replicate his other six rounds under par, he’ll be right there. Brooks Koepka is the second-highest-rated player in the OWGR heading into this week and draws the second favorite role at +985. Koepka is now ninth in the OWGR after his second-place finish at Colonial. He skipped last week’s event at the Memorial in order to gear up for this one and the US Open. Koepka returned from an injury at the Zurich Classic and missed the cut in that team event, but he seems to be back on track with an 11th at TPC Sawgrass and that runner-up in Fort Worth. Koepka has three rounds of 63 over his last two events. In terms of this event, specifically, Koepka was 37th last year, which was a major step down from finishing second in 2016 and third in 2015. He was 19th in 2014. Koepka certainly plays well here and showed at Colonial that his wrist injury is very much in the rearview mirror. Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson are both +1400 with the next competitors down the board at +2500. This will be Stenson’s first visit to TPC Southwind in six years, so we don’t have a whole lot of usable course form data. Only 13 of this week’s players are playing Shinnecock Hills next week and Stenson is one of them, so he clearly feels like he needs the work. It’s hard to argue, as he’s finished outside the top 10 in his last three events. That’s not to say he has played bad, but he could use a little more consistency. Stenson hit 87.5 percent of fairways and 77.8 percent of greens in regulation last week at Muirfield Village. The putter just let him down. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, putted very well at Muirfield Village, but sprayed the ball all over the place on Thursday and put himself too far out of contention. Still, it was a good return for Mickelson, who missed the cut at the PLAYERS Championship. He was 13th last week for his second top-15 of the month. The +1400 price tag isn’t great, but Shinnecock Hills might be a place for Lefty to turn back the clock. Lefty was ninth here last year, second in 2016, and third in 2015. So, who is a good bet this week? Two-time reigning champion Daniel Berger is +2500 in his quest to become the first back-to-back-to-back winner of an event since Steve Stricker in the 2009-11 John Deere Classic. It really didn’t come easy for Berger last year, though. Kevin Chappell is a good bet this week at +5500. Chappell had four rounds in the 60s last year and finished 22nd back in 2015, including a second-round 64. Chez Reavie is +6600 this week after a fourth-place finish last year and a 12th in 2016. He didn’t play in 2017. Another course form pick this week is Billy Horschel, but the +2500 price tag is a bit low. Horschel was fourth last year, eighth in 2015, and sixth in 2014. Coverage of the 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic will be on Golf Channel and CBS throughout the weekend. Odds as of June 4, 2:30 p.m. ET: Dustin Johnson +620 Brooks Koepka +985 Henrik Stenson +1400 Phil Mickelson +1400 Tony Finau +2500 Daniel Berger +2500 Adam Scott +2500 Billy Horschel +2500 Charl Schwartzel +2800 Byeong Hun An +2800 Joaquin Niemann +3300 Peter Uihlein +3300 Luke List +4000 Steve Stricker +4000 Keegan Bradley +4000 Charles Howell III +4000 Russell Knox +5000 Kevin Chappell +5500 J.B. Holmes +6600 Chez Reavie +6600 Chris Kirk +6600 Shane Lowry +6600 Scott Piercy +8000 Ryan Palmer +8000 Ollie Schniederjans +8000 Patrick Rodgers +8000 Danny Lee +8000 Brandt Snedeker +8000 Harris English +8000 Keith Mitchell +8000 Ben Crane +8000 Andrew Putnam +10000 Kevin Tway +10000 Grayson Murray +10000 Braden Thornberry +10000 Brian Gay +10000 C.T. 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Points +50000 Grant Hirschman +50000 J.J. Henry +50000 Jonathan Randolph +50000 K.J. Choi +50000 Jon Curran +50000 Kyle Thompson +50000 Will Claxton +50000 Tommy Gainey +50000 Troy Matteson +50000 Xinjun Zhang +50000 Zecheng Dou +50000 Roberto Diaz +50000 Matt Atkins +50000 Brendon de Jonge +55000 John Daly +75000 Smylie Kaufman +75000 Johan Kok +100000 David Berganio, Jr. +100000   -END OF 2018 PREVIEW-   Many of the world’s top golfers are taking the week off to prepare for next week’s U.S. Open but there are still 8 of the top 30 in the latest world rankings in the field for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which begins on Thursday in Memphis. Rickie Fowler is the favorite at odds of +800 with Brooks Koepka the second choice at odds of +1200 and Adam Scott the third choice at odds of +1300. This could be a good week to take a longshot, as the winner of this event has gotten their first PGA Tour win in four of the last six years. The FedEx St. Jude Classic takes place at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee from June 8th through June 11th with Rickie Fowler listed as the favorite. Top Contenders Before we get to the list of top contenders we want to consider what is needed to win at TPC Southwind. The stats that have mattered in the past are Strokes Gained: Approach, Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee and Driving Accuracy. Rickie Fowler +800 Fowler is just 45th in Strokes Gained: Off-The-Tee and he is 5th in Strokes Gained” Approach. The concern with taking Fowler is that he has to know the history in that no player has ever won the PGA Tour event the week before the U.S. Open and then gone on to win the Open. I think Fowler is overvalued at these odds. Brooks Koepka +1200 Flip a coin if you can figure out which Koepka will show up. He can look so good one week and then struggle the next. I don’t like that he is 117th in Approach so I will pass. Adam Scott +1300 Scott is 30th in Approach and 54th in Off the Tee but his odds are 13-1. I think those odds are simply too low on a golfer who hasn’t won in more than a year. Francesco Molinari +2000 I really like Molinari this week at odds of 20-1. He is tied for 29th in Off the Tee and 2nd in Approach. He is a very accurate driver and he has spent a lot more time this season on the PGA Tour where he has been in contention than on the European Tour. Phil Mickelson +2500 Forget about a U.S. Open prep for Phil, as he is skipping next week’s major to go to his daughter’s high school graduation. Mickelson has played well in this event in the past but how excited can you get about taking a golfer who has not won since 2013? Longshots If you want a couple of longshots who could hit at a big price then Steve Stricker and Kyle Stanley are worth a look. Stricker has always been known for his driving accuracy and he is still trying to get into the U.S. Open, while Stanley is 7th on the PGA Tour in Approach.  They are both listed at odds of 40-1. This event is played at TPC Southwind, which is a par 70 that is 7,239 yards. It has hosted this event since 1989. CBS and Golf Channel will provide coverage of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. FedEx St. Jude Classic Odds Rickie Fowler +800 Brooks Koepka +1200 Adam Scott +1300 Francesco Molinari +2000 Phil Mickelson +2500 Russell Henley +2500 Billy Horschel +3000 Charl Schwartzel +3000 Daniel Berger +3500 Kevin Chappell +3500 Kyle Stanley +4000 Ryan Palmer +4000 Steve Stricker +4000 Rafa Cabrera Bello +5000 Danny Lee +5500 Ian Poulter +5500 Kevin Tway +5500 Graeme McDowell +6000 William McGirt +6000 J.B. 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