5th Jun 2017 | St Jude Classic
St. Jude Classic Trends
We look at the trends needed to win the St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.
With the US Open starting a week on Thursday, this is the last opportunity for players to find some form. Ranked the hardest (non-major) par-70 on tour, TPC Southwind demands accuracy, with fairways and greens at a premium.
A par 70 course with only two par-5s, the object is to keep the ball in play and in good positions. In 2012, the tournament averaged 2.82 birdies per round, the seventh-lowest all season.
Here are the trends needed to win the St. Jude Classic based on the last ten champions (excluding Lee Westwood):
Top-60 for adjusted scoring average
A mixture of strong putters (Brian Gay & Justin Leonard) and power hitters (Harrison Frazar & Dustin Johnson) have won in recent years but what ties them together is a good adjusted scoring average. A player can be a demon with the flat stick or get the ball close with approach shots. Either way is valid as long as they fashion a score.
Top-60 for proximity to the hole
On a difficult course there is a premium on quality approach play. The last nine winners averaged 59th on tour for approach shot proximity.
Top-60 on tour for par-4 scoring
With only two par-5s players will have to find birdies elsewhere on the course and that means playing the par-4s well.
Players that fit all three trends: