With a fat dip and a big gut....The Dufner gets it done despite being #Andercursed early on Friday, reeling through Saturday then battling through 2 delays to cap off an incredible week of golf that saw a lot of carnage at the top of the board. Duf gets the handshake from Jack while DJ and Rahm ejected to crush a HUGE percentage of lineups last week. Tony Finau nearly went the path of Dj/Rahm until a late surge (likely from some Bowdo encouragement) spurred him onto the weekend which saved another huge percentage of lineups last week. Rickie came close again at Memorial, just like 2009 and just like 2009 Buba was in contention. Not sure where that came from but I did notice (since he finally got some TV time) that he is back to playing a white ball again, hmmmmm. Another fellow with long lost game that came back from the dead last week was Russell Knox, he faded mightily on the weekend but gave us something to look forward too as the number 35 ranked golfer in the world is finally starting to find his form. This week the tour is on to Tennessee, while a number of other members are headed to U.S. Open qualifiers in hopes of getting a birth at Erin Hills in 2 weeks.
The hills of Tennessee are a calling this week as the tour heads to Memphis for the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic. The home of Elvis Presley and to many around the country Memphis is an annual pilgrimage for the BBQ World Championships held each year in May, this week we will be slightly more focused on TPC Southwind and what it will take to get around here. To be honest, I might rather focus on the heaps of delicious BBQ the world championships turn out each year, with 18 different categories awarded...it is akin to BBQ paradise every May in Memphis. Toss is a few cold brews and good friends, the only thing missing is championship golf. Too bad we don't have BBQ DFS, the team names are brilliant each year....with gems like "Dirk Piggler's Porkographic BBQ" & "Too Sauced to Pork" how could you not want to roster a team like that. Anyway enough with the BBQ, back to golf.
Annually one of the weaker fields of the year due to the scheduling, falling the week prior to the U.S. Open, The Fed Ex St. Jude has been the victim of scheduling. Meanwhile, several a DFS'er has been victim of some brutal WD's the last couple of years. Not to dwell too much on this point, but be careful of guys that are looking past this week and onto the next, maybe ones that are playing here due to a sponsor obligation or defending champions that are also playing in the U.S. Open the following week...
Not that we have our disclaimer out of the way, TPC Southwind is located just outside of Memphis proper, near Germantown. What was once a functioning dairy farm with a couple silos and a windmill (apparently still in existence somewhere on the property) is now home to TPC Southwind. A par 70, designed by Prichard with help from the last debutante winner of the Masters, Fuzzy Zoeller. Covering 7,240 yards of Tennessee rolling countryside, TPC Southwind boasts 10 lakes and 94 bunkers to trip up players as they make their way around the tree lined layout.