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Golf Glance: Justin Thomas defends WGC title at TPC Southwind

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Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

LAST TOURNAMENT: Olympics (Xander Schauffele)
THIS WEEK: WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 5-8
Course: TPC Southwind (Par 70, 7,233 yards)
Purse: $10.5M ($1.89M)
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas
TV: Thursday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 12-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (CBS)
Streaming: Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Featured Groups); Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Featured Groups), 2-6 p.m. (Featured Holes).
NOTES: Only two events remain before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. … TPC Southwind was elevated to a WGC event in 2019 and is a no-cut tournament. The scoring average was 69.554 last year … Top-ranked Jon Rahm is not in the field after testing positive for COVID-19. He and Bryson DeChambeau were forced to withdraw from the men’s competition, but DeChambeau has passed his testing protocols and will play this week. … Fifteen countries are represented in the 66-player field. … The only other top-50 player not in the field is Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who has reached his max of 12 starts as a non-PGA Tour member. … Memphis is 14 hours behind Tokyo, with several players traveling from Japan after Sunday’s final round of the Olympic event.
BEST BETS: Brooks Koepka (+1100 at DraftKings) has four top-6 finishes in his past five Tour events. He won this event in 2019 and tied for second last year. … Collin Morikawa (+1200) won at The Concession earlier this year to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win a major and a WGC before turning 25 years old. … Dustin Johnson (+1800) is a two-time winner of the FedEx St. Jude Classic and has won six career WGC events. He has posted 13 consecutive rounds under part at TPC Southwind. … Daniel Berger was a two-time winner of the Classic and also finished second last year. … Louis Oosthuizen (+2000) has four runner-ups and a T3 in his past eight worldwide starts.
NEXT WEEK: Wyndham Championship, Greensboro, N.C.

LAST TOURNAMENT: ISPS Handa World Invitational (Pajaree Anannarukarn)
THIS WEEK: Off for the Olympic Women’s Competition.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Women’s Scottish Open, Aug. 12-15

Champions Tour
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Senior Open Championship (Stephen Dodd)
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Shaw Charity Classic, Calgary, Aug. 13-15

–Field Level Media

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