PGA Tour Expert Picks: St. Jude Classic
We're one week away from the US Open but first a pit stop in Memphis for what could be Phil Mickelson's first win of the season.
The US Open is tantatlizingly close but first we must stop in Memphis, Tenn., for the St. Jude Classic. Some folks skip the tournament to prep for the US Open and some love to use it as a warmup. Let's take a look at who's playing and who the picks are.
The St. Jude Classic is played in Memphis at TPC Southwind. It actually has been around since 1958 and been at this course since 1989. Gerald Ford once played the pro-am and made a hole-in-one.
The tournament will take place June 5-8 and the purse is $5.8 million.
You can watch on Thursday and Friday (June 5-6) on Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday (June 7-8) on Golf Channel from 1-2:30 p.m. on CBS from 3-6 p.m. both days.
You can also watch the broadcast online at CBSSports.com from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
All times Eastern
Participants and odds
Dustin Johnson: 14-1
Phil Mickelson: 16-1
Lee Westwood: 18-1
Ryan Palmer: 22-1
Harris English: 25-1
Zach Johnson: 25-1
Graeme McDowell: 28-1
John Senden: 28-1
Webb Simpson: 28-1
2013 -- Harris English
2012 -- Dustin Johnson
2011 -- Harrison Frazar
2010 -- Lee Westwood
2009 -- Brian Gay
Phil Mickelson (16-1): Just because it would be the most Phil Mickelson thing ever to not finish in the top 10 all season and the go back-to-back at Memphis and Pinehurst. Lefty said his game was close last week at the Memorial and I believe him. If he can just keep those pesky feds at bay. Oh, and he finished T2 here last season.
Lock for top 10
Dustin Johnson (14-1): Followed up his victory in 2012 with a T10 last season. With Matt Kuchar out he's the best bet for a consistent week at Southwind. Plus he knows he needs a little kick-start before the US Open as his game has been a little leaky the past few tournaments. Well, for him anyway.
Camilo Villegas (125-1): Wait a second. Villegas has three top 10s in his past four appearances at this tournament and he's 125-1 to win it? I understand he hasn't been very good this year but he's coming off a top 40 at the Memorial and heading to a course he apparently loves. I'm in.
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