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Rupert Wyman 8th Jun 2011 - 17:49

Back the former champion at Southwind - Brian Gay

The PGA Tour heads to Memphis this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic and the players performances could give us an insight into their form going onto the US Open next week.

There is a stellar field as always that features the likes of the 2010 title holder Lee Westwood (7/1), the US Open qualifier Sergio Garcia (25/1) and the in-form David Toms (10/1).

Westwood is heading to the event full of confidence and form. He recently lost a play-off at the BMW PGA Championship to Luke Donald when he made a double bogey on the first extra hole.

David Toms (10/1) has taken a two week break coming into the event, so there is little chance of him being fatigued. He has had a fantastic season and he has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour this season.

He was unfortunate to come second in the Players Championship but he overcame the loss to win at the Colonial. He has to be a player to follow in Memphis this week because of his course form.  He won in 2003 and 2004 and he has often come in the top-5.

Sergio Garcia seems to start his event well this season but tail off over the weekends. He is known for being a poor putter. He ensured that he will play in his 47th consecutive major after coming through regional qualifying on Monday to make the US Open.

He came through a seven-man play-off at the thirty-six hole qualifier in Memphis. The course itself is long and it mainly consists of par-fours. There are ninety four bunkers and ten water hazards.  If players are to keep their scores low, they will need to be good from the tee because the fairways are narrow and filled with hazards.

David Toms is second on the PGA Tour list for hitting Greens In Regulation at 71.93%, so he looks a real threat this week. Brian Gay (20/1) looks hard to oppose this week, he is first on the PGA Tour stats list for driving accuracy and that is essential with the number of hazards around the fairway.

He also has a strong record at the event that includes a win and two top-five finishes.  He does not have great distance off the tee but that is not important on a course that is made up of mostly par-four holes.

Not only is he an accurate player but he can also putt. He finished in tied-fifteenth last year but he hit a massive eighty percent of fairways, he is strong at putting and he has grown-up playing on Bermuda greens.

He has made the cut on thirteen of his fourteen events this year and he is due another win on the Tour.



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