By Don Wade, Special to PGATOUR.COM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A few notes from the FedEx St. Jude Classic
while waiting for the lead groups to tee off for Sunday’s final round …
• Since moving to TPC Southwind in 1989 the third-round leader/co-leader has gone to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic 12 times, most recently Brian Gay in 2009. Six out of the last seven winners came from behind to win the tournament.
• Rookie and third-round leader Shawn Stefani – 12-under and a one-stroke lead over Harris English – ranks first in the strokes gained-putting category. On putts inside 10 feet, he was 14/15 in round one, 14/14 in round two, and 14/15 in round three.
• Stefani has missed the cut in five of his previous seven starts; his best finish this season is a T7 at the Tampa Bay Championship.
• In 43 career starts before this week, English’s best position going into the final day was a T2 at the 2012 The Honda Classic; he finished T18.
• Defending FedEx St. Jude Classic champion Dustin Johnson shot a third-round 2-under 68 and started Sunday play at 5-under 205, seven strokes off the lead. If he were to rally and repeat, he would join David Toms (2003-2004) as the only other player to successfully defend his title here.
• Phil Mickelson, the biggest career winner in the field with 41 victories, starts the final round at 7-under 203, five strokes behind. Mickelson has won in 11 different states, but never Tennessee.
• There were 37 players in this year’s field slated to play in the U.S. Open at Merion, where play starts Thursday. Almost half, 18, made the cut. This is the seventh straight year this event has been played right before the U.S. Open. The best U.S. Open finish by the prior week’s champion is a T16 by Lee Westwood in 2010. Last year, Johnson missed the cut.