Forty-six players out of world’s 50 top-ranked players have committed to play at TPC Southwind starting Thursday, including the top four. Unfortunately, Tiger Woods isn’t playing in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Nonetheless, the tournament will still have the best field Memphis has seen.
The following are the ten players who fans should keep their eye on at TPC Southwind:
1. Brooks Koepka
He is the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer. It is not Koepka’s first appearance in Memphis. He finished 2nd and 3rd in past appearances in Memphis. Koepka won the PGA Championship and finished second at the Masters and U.S. Open before his T-4 at the 148th Open Championship.
2. Dustin Johnson
Memphis will never forget Johnson’s walk-off eagle to cap his win in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2018. Johnson used the success to catapult into the No. 1 world ranking, and he currently sits at No. 2.
3. Rory McIlroy
McIlroy has been one of the PGA Tour’s most prominent names over the past decade and won the WGC-Invitational in 2014. The four-time major winner and No. 3 golfer in the world has won two PGA Tour events this year. He missed the cut at Royal Portrush but gained new-found status as an adult after his exit Friday.
4. Justin Rose
Rose finished third at the U.S. Open last month. He is the defending FedEx Cup champion and is ranked No. 4 in the world.
5. Phil Mickelson
Mickelson is one of the most popular players in Memphis and the fact that he missed the cut at the British Open should not question his status.
6. Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland won his first major this year with the U.S. Open, and he is known as one of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour.
7. Justin Thomas
It is Thomas’ first pro tournament in Memphis. He is the defending WGC-Invitational champion and only two years removed from being PGA Tour Player of the Year.
8. Bryson DeChambeau
It is not the first time DeChambeau is participating in Memphis. He made his first PGA Tour start in Memphis in 2015 and also played here in 2017. He returns as the No. 6 golfer in the world and looking for his first WGC win.
9. Jon Rahm
Rahm is ranked No. 8 in the world and is looking for his first WGC title. He tied for third at the U.S. Open this year and won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
10. Jordan Spieth
Since 2010 Spieth hasn’t played in Memphis. Even though he may be ranked 38th in the world, he is one of the best young golfers and fits to play in Memphis. The three-time major winner has not won on the PGA Tour since his 2017 victory at The Open.