Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Power rankings: FedEx St. Jude Classic

The PGA Tour rolls into Memphis, Tenn., this week for the final Tour stop before the U.S. Open.

The FedEx St. Jude Classic features a top-heavy field at TPC Southwind, a course with some of the smaller putting surfaces on Tour. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka headline a field with a few hopefuls looking to sneak in the Official World Golf Ranking top 60 after this week, earning one of the final spots on offer into next week's field at Oakmont Country Club.

Here are our top five players for this week:

1. Dustin Johnson -- Johnson is a former winner here back in 2012 and was in third place last week at Memorial. He's done pretty much nothing but finish highly this year.

2. Brooks Koepka -- Koepka has top-20 finishes in his only two Memphis appearances, so that's good enough for a high ranking. A playoff loss at the Nelson is encouraging, too.

3. Ryan Palmer -- Palmer was T-3 on his home track at Colonial, which also has small greens. He sees them well. He had back-to-back top-four finishes here in 2012 and '13.

4. Phil Mickelson -- Mickelson is a little two-faced right now, and it's unclear which Lefty will show up from week to week. But he has two medal-stand finishes in his last three Memphis starts, so we're good with him this week.

5. Kyle Reifers -- Reifers will be overvalued in daily fantasy games. However, he's figured something out of late, with top-20s in his last three starts and making his last five cuts.


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