Golf Rankings for FedEx St. Jude Classic
Brian Gay [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #166
Since 2004, Gay has finished 16th or better at Southwind on five occasions with three top-fives, highlighted by a win in 2009. However, he’s coming off his fourth missed cut of the season. Gay has finished outside of the top 45 in three straight events since finishing T4 at the Valero Texas Open.
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56
Last year’s T3 at Southwind marked a career-best for Howell at the site. Prior to a poor month of May, he had finished 29th or better in six of his last seven events. Howell is still seeking his first top-15 of the season since scoring a share of season back in January at the Sony Open.
Martin Laird [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #106
After earning a share of second at THE PLAYERS Championship, Laird missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship, a European Tour event. The native of Scotland missed the cut at Southwind in 2008 and 2009 before skipping the tournament each of the last two years. While playing very streaky for much of the season, Laird ranks first in birdie average and ninth in greens in regulation percentage.
Fredrik Jacobson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #93
From 2003-05 Jacobson finished sixth or better in all three starts at Southwind. In the six starts since, the Swede has managed a pair of top-20s, but was outside the top 30 in three of the last four. In eight stroke play events this season, Jacobson has four top-20s and is coming off his first missed cut of the season at THE PLAYERS.
Padraig Harrington [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #174
When he has made cuts this season, Harrington has landed solid finishes. Over his last six starts, the Irishman has three top-20s with two missed cuts and one MDF. In five starts at Southwind, Harrington owns a T4 from 2008, but has two missed cuts and finished outside of the top 50 the last two years.
Ryo Ishikawa [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #78
Ishikawa’s T9 last week at the Memorial marks his best finish on Tour since a runner-up performance at the Puerto Rico Open. In between, the 20 year old from Japan missed three of his four cuts. Ishikawa is a first timer at Southwind and his inconsistent play makes him a risky boom-or-bust selection.
In eight starts at Southwind since 2002, Allenby has six finishes of 17th or better with a pair of top-fives. The Australian is without a top-35 finish since March, but his course history is impressive enough to consider him a dark horse.
In the midst of an awful 2011 campaign, Villegas landed a career-best T3 at Southwind after finishing T8 at the site a year earlier. The native of Columbia hasn’t been much better this season (with five missed cuts in 13 starts), but appears to have this place figured out.
The defending champion of this event started the season with a pair of top-fives, but has missed six cuts in 13 starts. Frazar had missed numerous cuts before winning at Southwind last year, so a title defense is not totally out of the question.
Kevin Stadler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #60
In 14 starts this season, Stadler has finished 25th or better on nine occasions with three top-10s. He finished T12 at Southwind in 2009, but missed the cut the following year before a T56 in 2011.
Bryce Molder [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #169
After six top-20s in his first eight starts of the season, Molder has gone without a top-30 finish in his last five. He missed the cut at Southwind last year, but did earn a share of second in 2009.
Bob Estes [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #196
With 22 career starts at Southwind, Estes leads the field in experience at this site. Since winning this event in 2001 he’s added two top-fives, five top-15s and eight top-30s in the 10 starts since.