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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Twofer Tuesday: FedEx St. Jude Championship

Twofer Tuesday head to Memphis TN for some blues, some BBQ and some FedEx cash at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.

Defending champion Tony Finau

Just to eliminate some confusion, last year this event was the Northern Trust and was held at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. This year FedEx themselves take over this first Playoff event, holding it at TPC Southwind where they originally held their WGC event. Of course that's not the only change.

Seems this year the purse has risen a bit... to $15mil.

The defending champion is Tony Finau, who won a playoff against Cam Smith. Needless to say, these two players are both heavy favorites this year, what with Tony coming off two wins in a row and Cam having won THE PLAYERS and THE OPEN.

With so many players in such good form coming into this first Playoff event, you could pick almost any two of, say, the Top30 players and have a decent chance of getting two Top10 finishes... or better. At least I hope so, for my sake. The Wyndham was a real letdown for me.

But I'm also afraid to overthink things too much, given how stacked the field is this time with so many players in form. So I'm choosing two players who have won in the last few months but also have a large number of Top10 finishes. We'll see how it goes, now that the regular season is done and the real pressure is on.

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Patrick Cantlay

GC's live coverage begins Thursday at 3pm ET and the PGA TOUR LIVE streams begin at 8:15am ET. (Streaming times can be found at this link.) I'm really wondering how much the huge jump in prize money will affect the field's play. After all, while they're used to playing for big money, it's never been this big!

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