June 4 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
It's been an up-and-down year for Dustin Johnson, who won the season-opener in Hawaii but has battled a bad back in recent weeks. Maybe a return to Memphis will help his ails. Last year, Johnson won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in what was just his second start in three months.
Below is a closer look at Johnson's group for the first two rounds of this year's tournament and a few others to keep an eye on. Let us know what your favorite group is in the comments section (click here for all tee times).
Dustin Johnson-Brandt Snedeker-Davis Love III: As mentioned, Johnson is the defending champion but he comes in rusty. He missed the cut last week at Muirfield Village and has made just two starts since April. Snedeker, meanwhile, is the defending FedExCup champion but is also coming off a missed cut. Love, meanwhile, finished third in Memphis last year. They'll tee off at 1:27 p.m. ET on Thursday and 8:27 a.m. on Friday.
Billy Horschel-Russell Henley-John Merrick: Horschel has cooled since his meteoric stretch of four straight top 10s, which included his first career win. Merrick, meanwhile, has broken 70 in seven of his last eight rounds at TPC Southwind and finished second and 11th there the last two years. Henley is coming off a tie for sixth at Muirfield Village. They'll tee off at 1:36 p.m. ET on Thursday and 8:36 a.m. ET Friday.
Phil Mickelson-D.A. Points-Padraig Harrington: Harrington likes to play the week before a major; Mickelson does, too, at least this year. Points has been feast or famine this year with a win and a runner-up to go with eight missed cuts in 17 starts. They'll tee off at 8:27 a.m. ET on Thursday and 1:27 p.m. Friday.
Boo Weekley-Ian Poulter-David Toms: Weekley is coming off his first victory in five years after winning at Colonial. Poulter and Toms have each missed their last two cuts on TOUR, though Toms has won twice before in Memphis. They'll tee off at 8:36 a.m. ET on Thursday and 1:36 p.m. on Friday.