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Memphis, Tennessee – The PGA Tour returns to the home of the blues, as Memphis hosts the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic, the 59th playing of the event in the barbecued pork capital of the world.

Aside from serving as another chance for PGA Tour glory, the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic also serves as the last tune-up event for the second major of the season.  The game’s best will be in Oakmont, Pennsylvania next week for the 2016 United States Open.

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Last Year

Argentina’s Fabian Gomez fired a final round four-under par 66 to win his first PGA Tour title at the 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic. His 72-hole total was 267, 13-under par, on the Par 70 TPC Southwind course.

The then 36-year old journeyman finished four shots ahead of Englishman Greg Owen, his third round co-leader. Owen had a closing round 70.

Tied for third at 272 were five players including Australian Matt Jones, Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh and Americans Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka and Michael Thompson.

Here are the final 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic Results:

1 Fabian Gomez 66 68 67 66 267
2 Greg Owen 64 70 67 70 271
T3 Phil Mickelson 68 69 70 65 272
T3 Matt Jones 69 67 68 68 272
T3 Seungyul Noh 69 72 66 65 272
T3 Michael Thompson 69 69 68 66 272
T3 Brooks Koepka 64 67 71 70 272
T8 Russell Knox 70 64 73 66 273
T8 Billy Horschel 71 67 70 65 273
T8 Chad Campbell 69 66 70 68 273
T8 Boo Weekley 67 70 71 65 273

This Year’s Field

With many of the top players in the world resting for next week’s major, only 5 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) are in the field for the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

In addition to Koepka (17th in the OWGR) and Mickelson (20th), other notable players in the field include the sixth-ranked Dustin Johnson, who comes to the event in good form, after a third place finish at last week’s Memorial Tournament.

46th ranked Daniel Berger and 50th ranked Harris English, both of the U.S.A. are the other Top 50 players in this week’s field.

Past Champions

Defending champion Fabian Gomez leads a list of seven former champions in the field for the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic, a list that also includes Dustin Johnson (champion in 2012) and Harris English (2013).

Other past winners include Ben Crane (2014) and Brian Gay (2009) and a pair of two time champions.  Justin Leonard won his first FedEx St. Jude in 2005 and followed it up with a second win in 2008, while fellow American David Toms won in back-to-back years in 2003 and 2004.

Hottest Players in the Field

According to the Razzball Fantasy Golf Rankings (RFGR), here at the hottest players in the field for the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic

RNK Player NAT RFGR OWGR
1  Colt Knost  USA 10 102
2  Dustin Johnson USA 14 6
3 Jon Curran USA 22 89
4 Ryan Palmer USA 24 62
5 Daniel Berger USA 27 46
6 Ken Duke USA 29 246
7 Kyle Reifers USA 32 109
8 Gary Woodland USA 33 64
9 Harris English USA 36 50
10 Brooks Koepka USA 39 17

2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic – Our Picks

Here are the players we feel have the best chance of winning the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic:

1. Brooks Koepka – Hot lately and close here before. He’s overdue.

2. Dustin Johnson – 3rd at Memorial last week and a former champion

3. Colt Knost – Has been knocking on the door lately for 1st PGA Tour win.

4. Harris English – 2nd in his last start. Looks to be regaining 2013 form

5. Daniel Berger – Another young American who will win soon.

2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic – Sleepers

Here are the players we think could post a strong result at the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic but may be a little less highly rated:

1. Kyle Reifers – 109th ranked player in the world always around the Top 20.

2. Boo Weekley – Top 10 here in 2015

3. Patrick Rodgers – One of these weeks the breakthrough will come.

4. Martin Piller – Two top sixes in his last five starts

5. David Toms – Two-time champ still has lots of (short) game.

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