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Last Tour: Wyndham Championship (Kim Joo Hyun)
This Week: FedEx St. Jude Championship, Memphis, August 11-14
Course: TPC Southwind (Par 70, 7,243 yards)
Wallet: $ 15M (Winner: $ 2.7M)
Defending Champion: Tony Finau (Northern Trust)
FedExCup Leader: Scottie Scheffler
How to Follow
TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 minutes. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1 pm to 3 pm (Golf Channel), 3 pm to 6 pm (NBC); Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2 pm to 6 pm (NBC)
Streaming: 4 Daily Stream Feeds on ESPN +
Note: This is the 3rd first leg-Event FedEx Cup playoff. Champions will win a $ 18 million bonus. The top 125 players in the standings passed the qualifying and Rickie Fowler won the final ranking. … Tommy Fleetwood (individual), Daniel Berger (back injury), Nate Rushley (toe), Land Griffin (back surgery) haven't played this week. … The top 70 after this event will be eligible for the BMW Championship. … Throughout the first leg of the playoffs over the last three years, an average of 5.33 players have qualified for the BMW Championship in the Top 70. … Athletes who participated in the LIV Golf Series were banned from participating in the PGA Tour. … Memphis has been hosting annual PGA Tour events since 1958. … Patrick Cantlay is about to become the first consecutive FedEx Cup champion, but Finau aims to be the first player to successfully defend his title in the playoff opener. Finau was hit by a five-year undefeated drought at the Northern Trust last year and began the playoffs by defeating Cameron Smith in his first playoff hole. … Matt Kuchar (54th in the standings) and Adam Scott (77th) are the only two players to play in all 16 seasons of the playoffs. … Kim was the first player to win the tour in the 2000s and will make his first start as a member this week.
Best Bet: Rory McIlroy (+1000 on BetMGM) aims to be the first three winners of the FedEx Cup. His five playoff event wins are the second in history after Dustin Johnson's six. … Scottie Scheffler (+1400) is leading the tour with four wins this year and is about to join Jordan Spieth (2014-15) as the only player to win the Masters and FedEx Cup in the same season. … Smith (+1600) is off to his first start since winning the British Open. He won The Players again this year. … The Cantlay (+1600) has three straight top 10 finishes and six straight top 15 streaks, including the last time-out Rocket Mortgage Classic T2. … Justin Thomas (+1800) is qualified for the Tour Championship for the last 6 years. … Jon Rahm (+2200) finished third last year after holding a 54-hole lead. He is also off to the first start since the T34 in the open. … Finau (+2200), technically a defending champion, came to Liberty National under a different tournament name, but he has won the last two starts. The last player to win the tour three times in a row was Johnson in the 2016-17 season.
Next Tournament: BMW Championship, Wilmington, Delaware, August 18-21
Last Tournament: AIG Women's Open (Ashleigh Buhai)
This Week: ISPS Handaworld Invitational, Northern Ireland, Balimina, August 11-14
Course: Gargom Castle (Par 73, 6,621 yards) ), Massereen Golf Club (Par 72, 6,517 yards)
Wallet: $ 3M, $ 1.5 million each at men's and women's events (Winners: $ 225,000 each)
Defending Champion : Pajaree Anannarukarn
Race Gloves to CME Leader: Minjiri
How to Follow
TV: Thursday-Friday 12 am-8pm ET; Saturday, 8am From time to 12:30 pm. Sunday, 6:30 am to 11:30 am (always a golf channel)
Twitter: @ World_Inv_Golf, @ ISPSHanda
Note: 132 men and 132 women at this event Compete in separate 72-. Whole stroke plate tournament. The field is cut to the top 60 and ties after 36 holes, all players play one round on each course, cut to the top 35 in another tournament and tie after 54 holes. … Anannarukarn defeated Emma Talley in her second playoff hole to win her first co-authorized event last year. … The average age of winners of this year's tour is 26.24. … Lee led the tour with official funding ($ 3.7 million), scoring an average score (69.173) and an average total stroke score (2.370).
Next Tournament: CP Women ’s Open, Ottawa, Canada, August. 25-28
Last Tournament: Shaw Charity Classic (Jerry Kelly)
This Week: Boeing Classic, Snoqualmie, WA, August 12-14
Course: Snoqualmie Ridge Club, Snoqualmie, Washington (par 72, 7,264 yards)
Wallet: $ 2.2 million (Winner: $ 330,000)
Defending Champion : Rod Pumping
Charles Schwab Cup Leader: Steven Alker
How to Follow
TV: Friday, 11 pm to 2 am. Saturday, 6 pm to 8 pm. Sunday, 5 pm-7pm (always golf channel)
Note: The 54-hole uncut event will return to the club for five consecutive seasons (in 2020). There was no event) to the coronavirus pandemic). … Padraig Harrington has won, T2 and T3 in the last three starts. … Kelly has won three of the last six starts. … Miguel Angel Jimenez has won nine Top 10s this year and has been ranked in the Top 10 for each of the last three event launches. … Alker has been ranked 10th in the Top 10 this year, not worse than the T11 since March.
Next Tournament: Dick's Sporting Goods Open, Endicott, NY, August 19-21
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