FedEx St. Jude Classic Preview, Picks + Predictions Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week

The FedEx St. Jude Classic very well might be the most overlooked, overshadowed, non-talked about tournament all year on the PGA Tour.  Pitted between Jack’s tourney at the Memorial and the season’s second major at the U.S. Open, and also immediately after the highly-hyped U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, the tournament sounds more like your local muni’s Saturday morning scramble than a PGA Tour event.   Except that don’t tell that to Phil, Brandt, Dustin, Ian and other big names who are teeing it up this week.  When it comes down to it, the FedEx St. Jude is a PGA Tour event right in the heart of the season being played for a good cause.  And, there’s nothing that gets me more excited for a major than watching golf the week before, regardless of the venue.

So, let’s hop into some picks:

LOCKZILLAS: (Last week: Tiger t-65th, Kuchar 1st)

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
– We said it earlier this year- when everyone is up on Phil’s game, go into sell mode (see this year’s Masters). When everyone is down on his chances, buy buy buy (see victory at Phoenix Open and near miss at Quail Hollow).  Making just his third appearance here, but no fear, Phil will have his game revved up and ready to go in prep for Merion next week.

Fredrik Jacobson
Fredrik Jacobson
– Eight top 25s including three top 10s in his past 10 starts (all 10 cuts made).  Throw in five top 20s at TPC Southwind and I’m loving this painter capper’s chances this week.

SEMI-FLIERS: (Last week: DeLaet t-21st, Chalmers MC)

Josh Teater
Josh Teater
– Josh just qualified for his first ever U.S. Open (his first major actually) and is booming with confidence in prep for Merion.  Also finished t-15th here in ’10, I like him to put together a solid tourney this week.

John Rollins
John Rollins
– Finding form of late capped by a t-4th two weeks ago at Colonial.  GIR machine, also some solid experience here with 2 top 25s here in past three visits.  Look for Rollins to be hanging around the leaderboard come Sunday.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUSTS: (Last week: Horschel t-41st, Rory t-57th)

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
– The defending champ is coming off of his second extended “injury” (or second pot-smoking suspension) in the past 16 months, and just doesn’t have his head in the game at the moment.  Too much Paulina and hemp dancing through those brainwaves of his, stay away from DJ this week.

Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter
– Ian’s game is a mess right now, as he’s missed cuts in his past three events all which happen to be big daddy tournaments (Masters, PLAYERS, Euro Tour’s BMW PGA).  Also, I especially don’t like his chances on a course where the winning score may push 20-under.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK: (Last week: Every MC)

Robert Karlsson
Robert Karlsson
– Straight up nailed my BOLD play on Karlsson at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, as out of nowhere the tall lanky Swede finished t-4th that week.  Karlsson has retained form since and always tends to play well on familiar tracks, as he lost in playoffs here in both ’10 and ’11.  Look for Karlsson to make some more noise this week.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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  1. Go Robert!!

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