Round 3 Notebook: St. Jude ClassicJune 12, 2010
Colin Murray, PGA TOUR Staff
Weather: Partly cloudy with hot and humid conditions. Temperatures reached into the mid 90s with a high of 94 degrees and a heat index between 100-106. Winds SSW 8-12 mph.
• Following a second-consecutive 4-under-par 66, Robert Garrigus at 11-under-par 199 takes a two-shot lead over Robert Karlsson into the final round of the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew.
• The third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 28 of 52 times at the St. Jude Classic, most recently Brian Gay in 2009. Since 1990, 11-of-20 third-round leaders have gone on to win at the St. Jude Classic.
• Only 11-of-23 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win on the PGA TOUR in 2010, most recently Jason Day at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
• The 54-hole cut came at 3-over-par 213 with 71 players advancing to Sunday's final round. For the second consecutive day, John Daly made the cut on the number.
• A total of 500 FedExCup points will be awarded to the champion at the conclusion of the St. Jude Classic.
Robert Garrigus (67-66-66 -- 199, -11) 1st
• In search of his first PGA TOUR victory, Robert Garrigus holds the 54-hole lead at 11-under-par 199 entering the final round. Should he go on to win, Garrigus would join Billy Maxwell (1958), Bob Lunn (1968) and Dicky Pride (1994) as the only players to make the St. Jude Classic their first PGA TOUR victory.
• Garrigus' back-to-back 66s in the second and third rounds are his lowest back-to-back rounds on the PGA TOUR since carding consecutive 65s in the second and third rounds of the Frys.com Open last October. His 11-under-par 199 total through 54 holes is the second-lowest 54 hole total of his PGA TOUR career behind a 20-under-par 196 at the 2009 Bob Hope Classic (all three courses at Bob Hope were Par 72).
• The St. Jude Classic is the first time Garrigus has held the lead through 54 holes in his PGA TOUR career. Prior to this week his best standing through 54 holes on TOUR was a T2 at the 2007 Frys.com Open. Garrigus' career-best finish on the PGA TOUR is a T3 at the 2008 Turning Stone Resort Championship and the 2007 Frys.com Open.
Year Tournament Position 2007 Frys.com Open T2 2006 84 LUMBER Classic T3 2007 Waste Management Open T5 2008 Childrens Miracle Network Classic T5
• Robert Garrigus' best standing through 54 holes on the PGA TOUR
• Garrigus is making is third-career start at the St. Jude Classic, finishing T42 last year and T47 in 2006.
• Garrigus is making just his seventh start of the 2010 PGA TOUR season. He has made three-of-seven cuts with his best result to date a T26 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Robert Karlsson (67-66-68 -- 201, -9) 2nd
• In his first appearance at the St. Jude Classic, Robert Karlsson is within two shots of the lead at 9-under-par 131 entering Sunday's final round. The solo second through 54 holes represents Karlsson's best position entering the final round in a PGA TOUR event. His previous best was a T6 at the 2008 U.S. Open.
• Should he go on to win Sunday, Karlsson would join Billy Maxwell (1958), Bob Lunn (1968) and Dicky Pride (1994) as the only players to win this event in their first appearance. He would also become the first European to win this event.
• In 63-career starts on the PGA TOUR, Karlsson has posted five top 10s with his best finish a T4 at the 2008 U.S. Open.
• In just six starts on the PGA TOUR in 2010, Karlsson has made five cuts with his best finish a T17 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Karlsson won earlier this year at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European Tour, his ninth career victory on that Tour.
Lee Westwood (63-68-71 -- 132, -8) T3
• Westwood is in search of his second career PGA TOUR victory. Since winning the 1998 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Westwood has made 122 starts on the PGA TOUR, including major championships and World Golf Championships events, and posted 19 top-10 finishes.
• Coming from behind may be the ticket for Westwood to capture that elusive second PGA TOUR victory. He has been the leader/co-leader four times on the PGA TOUR, including twice earlier this year at the Masters (2nd) and THE PLAYERS Championship (T4), and has converted just the 1998 Zurich Classic of New Orleans into victory.
• Westwood has made a living on the back nine at TPC Southwind this week, playing the second nine holes in 9-under-par, compared to 1-over-par on the first nine holes. He equaled the tournament record with a 6-under-par 29 in Thursday's first round.
• Westwood, who enters this week No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is making his first-career start at the St. Jude Classic. Like Garrigus and Karlsson, he will look to join Billy Maxwell (1958), Bob Lunn (1968) and Dicky Pride (1994) as the only players to win this event in their first appearance. Like Karlsson, he would also become the first European winner in the 52-year history of the St. Jude Classic.
• The St. Jude Classic is Westwood's ninth start on the PGA TOUR in 2010 and he has yet to miss a cut, highlighted by top-10 finishes at the Masters (2nd), THE PLAYERS Championship (T4), Shell Houston Open (T8) and The Honda Classic (T9).
Heath Slocum (69-67-66 -- 202, -8) T3
• Heath Slocum has improved each day at TPC Southwind, carding a 1-under-par 69 in the opening round, followed by a 3-under-par 67 Friday and a 4-under-par 66 Saturday. He is T3 at 8-under-par 202 through 54 holes. Slocum has also methodically moved his way up the leaderboard, improving from T47 after round one to T15 following round two to his current position of T3.
• With three rounds in the 60s through 54 holes this week, Slocum has now carded sub-70 scores in the first three rounds of a tournament three times on the PGA TOUR in 2010. He previously accomplished three sub-70 scores in the first three rounds at the Mayakoba Golf Classic (T13) and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial (T50).
• Slocum, who finished No. 8 in last year's final FedExCup standings, is in search of his first PGA TOUR victory since he claimed The Barclays last August. In 14 starts in 2010 he has two top 10s, a T8 at the Verizon Heritage and a T4 at THE PLAYERS Championship.
• Slocum must feel comfortable at TPC Southwind. In seven previous appearances at the St. Jude Classic he has three top-12 finishes (T4 -- 2005, T10 -- 2009, T12 -- 2007) and has made the cut five times.
• Since 2007, when the St. Jude Classic moved to its current position in the schedule the week before the U.S. Open, no player has won in Memphis and gone on to win the next week. Here are the players currently in the top 10 entering the final round who are also in the field next week at Pebble Beach: Robert Karlsson (2nd), Heath Slocum (T3), Lee Westwood (T3), Shaun Micheel (T4), Brian Gay (T9).
• Defending champion Brian Gay continued to move up the leaderboard at the St. Jude Classic with a bogey-free 5-under-par 65 in the third round and stands T9 at 5-under-par 205. Gay opened with a 3-over-par 73 in the first round and has played the last 36 holes at 8-under-par. Should he go on to win tomorrow, Gay would not only become the third player to successfully defend in Memphis (Dave Hill 1969-1970, David Toms (2003-2004), he would also equal the tournament record for largest comeback after 18 holes (10 strokes).
Winner Year 2010 Result Brian Gay 2009 73-67-65 -- 205 (T9) Woody Austin 2007 69-67-69 -- 205 (T9) Bob Estes 2001 66-69-71 -- 206 (T15) Jeff Maggert 2006 68-71-69 -- 208 (T28) Dicky Pride 1994 69-70-70 -- 209 (T39) David Toms 2004, 2003 71-70-72 -- 213 (T65)
• Here is how the six past champions who made the cut fared Saturday:
• Tim Petrovic continues his solid play of late on the PGA TOUR as he enters the final round of the St. Jude Classic T5 at 6-under-par 204. After missing the cut in his first six starts of the season, Petrovic has rebounded to post top-five results in two of his last three starts at the Valero Texas Open (T6) and the Memorial Tournament (T5).
• Cameron Percy, a rookie on the PGA TOUR after finishing No. 8 on the 2009 Nationwide Tour money list, enters the final round T9 at 5-under-par 205 and is poised for his best finish on the PGA TOUR. Entering this week Percy has made the cut in five-of-12 starts this year with his best result a T22 at the Valero Texas Open.
Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC Southwind: Round Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative Thursday 34.987 35.641 70.627 --- Friday 35.400 35.500 70.900 70.762 Saturday 35.679 35.136 70.815 70.773
• The par-4 17th hole played the most difficult in the third round with an average of 4.358. The par-5 16th again played the easiest at 4.296.
• Alex Cejka made a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 4, holing a 7-iron from 178 yards.