The InnerWorkings Pro Am on Wednesday at the FedEx St Jude Classic may seem like a day of fun in the sun, but for the tour players, it is one last chance to check out the course before the scores start to count.
Former FESJC winner Harris English said, “This course always has a test. Over the past 5 or 6 years, it's always the winning scores are 10 or 12 under.”
The course at TPC Southwind is not necessarily an easy course. English, who won here two years ago, failed to make that cut in the tournament last year, while defending champion, Ben Crane, went wire-to-wire in his win last year at Southwind.
For players like Phil Mickelson, the FESJC provides the challenge needed to prepare for next week's US Open,. The only major lefty has yet to win.
“I think it's one of the most underrated or the most underrated courses we have on the tour. I think it's such a straight forward fun test of golf. If you get good shots you're rewarded with birdie putts. And if you miss the greens you're challenged with up and downs. I like everything about Southwind,” said Mickelson.
Mickelson's best finish this year was tied for second at the Masters, but he has missed the cut in two of his last three tournaments.
He says he is hoping to gain momentum in Memphis before heading to Chambers Bay next week for the US Open.
The first round of the FESJC starts Thursday at 7 a.m.
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