Top Talent Takes Over the TPC at Southwind for St. Jude Classic

Top Golfers, and Rising Stars...that's what you'll find this week at the 54th Annual St. Jude Classic presented by Smith and Nephew..

For the Pros in the St. Jude Jude Classic, the Wednesday Pro Am is less about Competition, and more about a relaxing round of golf.

But, it's also a chance to get a lay of the land at Southwind before Thursday's opening round.

So says PGA Tour Pro Brian Gay:

"The course is good, about like last's in great shape and i'm just looking forward to the week."

Adds Ian Poulter:

"I Like it,'s in great condition.. You have to hit a few 3-woods and some positional shots off the tee. And the course sets up nice."

Memphis favorite John Daly is slim and trim this time at the St. Jude, but other health issues may impact his play this weekend.

"I got an MRI done 2-12/ 3-weeks ago on my hip..and it was an L-4, L-5 bulging disks, sciatic nerve..i mean just torn ligament here and there, but it's getting better. My game is starting to come around if I can just make some putts."

This year the St. Jude Classic is privy to some of the best Up and Comers in Golf. Rory McIlroy and High School Sensation Jordan Spieth are making their first visits to Memphis.

McIlroy is glad to be here.

"You gotta really appreciate what you have out here and, I realize i'm pretty lucky to play Golf for a living. And, it's what i've always wanted to do. It's sort of like a dream come true for me."

Spieth says he's gotten over the nerves of playing on the PGA Tour..

"All the guys that I watch every week on TV are here and that's pretty cool.

Before and after every round and during the Rounds i've got to forget about that.. But, the course is extremely difficult. It's in perfect shape, so it's looking like it'll turn out to be a great Tournament.">

If Spieth and McIlroy's last rounds are any indication on how they'll do here they should be in good shape this weekend. Spieth tied for 16th in his PGA debut at the Byron Nelson. McIlroy won at Quail Hollow, and just last week tied for 10th at the Memorial. The field goes out Thursday at 7am sharp on the first ant 10th tees.