Golf Rankings for FedEx St. Jude Classic
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1. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8

Mickelson hasn’t played Southwind since a T59 showing back in 2009. Lefty is suiting up for the first time since missing the cut last month in THE PLAYERS Championship. In 11 starts this season, Mickelson has three podium finishes, but has also fallen outside of the top 35 on six occasions. Given the weakness of this week’s field, expect one of those stronger performances.

2. Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9 - Not Entered

Spieth turns 20 years old next month and might own consecutive top-10s for the second time this season if not for an awful third round in last week's Memorial. He's actually played Southwind once, a missed cut from 2010. Spieth sits an impressive 11th in total driving and seventh in All-Around Ranking.

3. Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #58

Palmer has made six consecutive cuts this season, including two top-15s in his last three starts. After missing three cuts in each of his Southwind starts from 2007-10, Palmer finished a career-best third in last year’s return.

4. Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20

Prior to missing last week’s cut in the Memorial (a site he’s always struggled at), Snedeker had registered two top-10s in three starts this season. Snedeker began the year with four podium finishes in his first five starts, but was derailed by a rib injury. From 2007-11 he made four of five cuts at Southwind, the most recent being a T15 in 2011.

5. Scott Stallings [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #63

Stallings has missed nine cuts in 14 starts until finishing T4 each of the last two weeks. He debuted at Southwind in 2010, but missed last year’s cut. Stallings is far from a safe play, but id certainly someone that’s very hot at the moment.

6. Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13

Last year’s victory at Southwind was Johnson’s first trip to the site. A back issue caused DJ to withdraw from THE PLAYERS after the first round and remove his name from the entry list of the Byron Nelson. He returned to action last week at the Memorial only to miss the cut. Johnson won’t face a lot of resistance to defend his title, but needs to remain healthy to have a chance.

7. Billy Horschel [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #50

Horschel has only missed one cut this season in 14 starts and is coming off a T41 in the Memorial. Prior to that Horschel had placed T2 at Redstone, T3 at TPC San Antonio, T9 at Harbour Town and capped it off with victory at TPC Louisiana. Last year’s T72 was the first time Horschel made the cut in two previous Southwind starts.

8. Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56

In the month of May, Howell finished 21st or better in three of his four events. CH3 has played Southwind each of the last five years making three straight cuts, highlighted by a career-best T3 in 2010. Howell currently ranks 12th in strokes gained- putting and 14th in scoring average.

9. Robert Karlsson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #162

A T70 at Colonial and a T34 in last week’s Memorial gives Karlsson a pair of consecutive cuts made for the first time in 10 starts this season. Karlsson was the runner-up at Southwind in both 2010 and 2011, but missed last year’s cut.

10. Boo Weekley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #68

Weekley is playing for the first time since winning at Colonial, his first victory since 2008. Boo finished a career-best T4 at Southwind that same year and has made three of the four cuts since. Weekley is fourth in total driving and 16th in All-Around Ranking.

11. Russell Henley [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #43

Henley is playing Southwind for the first time and is coming off a T6 in last week’s Memorial. Henley also recently finished T6 at Harbour Town. Henley burst into 2013 by winning the Sony Open and is now ninth in birdie average, 10th in total driving and fifth in All-Around Ranking.

12. Tim Clark [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #121

In his last four starts, Clark has finished inside the top 25 three times. He’s scattered five trips to Southwind since 2002. Back in 2008 Clark entered the final round with the lead, but dropped to a T18.