Last week saw a life-altering performance by David Lingmerth at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield. In his first top-10 in 378 days, Lingmerth took home $1.12 million on Sunday, making up more than a quarter of his career earnings according to PGATour.com.
Looking at the big picture, Jordan Spieth remains in first-place of the FedEX Cup standings with 2,528 points, with Jimmy Walker (1,904) and Rory McIlroy (1,428) trailing behind. Players participating in events on the PGA Tour have earned the jump on McIlroy, who has played the last two weeks on the European Tour.
This weekend takes the tour to Memphis, where a $6-million purse is up for grabs, along with 500 FedEx Cup points from Thursday, June 11, to Sunday, June 14. According to the St. Jude Classic website, a one-day ticket costs $35 that gives access onto tournament grounds for one day. A week-long ticket, meanwhile, carries a value of $90. There are youth and group pricing options available as well.
Golf fans buying one-day passes can use Hipmunk.com for Memphis flights to enjoy a beautiful TPC Southwind course. For those looking to attend multiple days of the event, Hipmunk has available hotels in Memphis, including six options starting from less than $90 a night.
This week’s field will again not include McIlroy, as players performing in the United States are passing his place in the FedEx Cup standings. But there is talent up and down the roster including Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson and others.
Last year, Ben Crane finished with a -10 score to earn the victory. After a first-round 63, Crane shot rounds of 65 and 69, respectively, before finishing off the final round with a score of 73. He held off Troy Merritt, who finished -9, followed by three golfers tied at -8.
TPC Southwind has been the home of the FedEx St. Jude Classic since 1989. Only one of the last six winners won the tournament with a single-digit final score, when Dustin Johnson won the tournament with a -9 in 2012.