For the PGA, this weekend is the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. 45 of the top 50 golfers in the world will be in this packed field.
This tournament s a no-cut event that might be the biggest weekend of golf since the pandemic. It is a nice warm-up for the approaching PGA Championship.
Players to Watch
It’s the first weekend that Jon Rahm will be playing while holding the number one spot on the World Golf Rankings. He has been playing well and looks to keep the momentum going.
“Being No. 1 in the world is a great thing. It’s a consequence of playing good golf throughout the last four years, not only last week,” Rahm was quoted by Golf Channel.
Losing his number one spot to Rahm was Rory McIlroy. He will be playing this weekend and looks to improve his recent play. He is not alone as one of the top golfers in the world who hasn’t performed well since the pandemic.
One of the hottest golfers since the pandemic has been Bryson DeChambeau. He has been bombing his drives, getting the attention of golf fans.
After gaining 20 plus pounds, DeChambeau seems to be a different golfer. He will be coming off one of his worst performances in a while at the Memorial, missing the cut.
DeChambeau will be looking to bounce back at a course he hasn’t done that well at previously. His best finish at TPC Southwind is 45th, but he is a different golfer now in a lot of ways.
The defending champion of this tournament is Brooks Koepka. One would think that as good as he was once playing, he would soon get back on track. Maybe playing at a course he has had success at will help a comeback.
Koepka has 28-1 odds to regain his title. But he has missed two of the last three cuts, so better golf will need to be played.
No Tiger Woods
Unfortunately, no Tiger Woods this week. The absence leaves many to wonder how much confidence he has in his body at this point.
Woods said that he believes this is the best decision to be prepared for the upcoming PGA Championship and FedEx Cup Playoffs. But Woods has rarely skipped World Golf Championships in his past.
He has won 18 WGC in his career, and these are significant money events. Most of the top golfers will be in the field this weekend, even amid the pandemic.
“I competed and played again,” he said at the Memorial. “It’s been a while. It was nice to get my feet wet and compete again. Tough, tough conditions to start my first week back. But it was good to get the feel and the flow of competing again.”
It will be neat to see Tiger Woods at the upcoming Masters. It has been a while since he has played as the defending champion.