Round 4 Notebook: St. Jude Classic

June 13, 2010
John Bush, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Mostly cloudy and hot. High in the mid-90s, with heat index near 106. Winds SW 8-12 mph.


Lee Westwood carded a final-round 2-under 68 to earn a spot in a playoff with third-round leader Robert Garrigus (71) and Robert Karlsson (69) at the 2010 St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew. Westwood eventually won the playoff with a birdie-3 on the fourth extra hole (No. 18) to defeat Karlsson. Garrigus dropped out of the extra session after making a bogey on the first hole.

• Official World Golf Ranking of the three playoff participants: Lee Westwood (No. 3), Robert Karlsson (No. 34) and Robert Garrigus (No. 377).

Ernie Els continues to lead in the FedExCup standings for the 12th consecutive week. With 1,541 points, he sits 150 points ahead of Jim Furyk in the standings.

Lee Westwood (63-68-71-68 -- 270, -10) 1st

• Westwood becomes the first player to receive a sponsor's exemption and win on the PGA TOUR since Jason Gore did so at the 2005 84 LUMBER Classic.

• Westwood becomes the first European to win the St. Jude Classic, and in the process snaps a streak of 11 straight American winners at the event, dating to Nick Price's win in 1998.

• Westwood's win is the sixth by an international player in the last seven events on the PGA TOUR, dating to Rory McIlroy's win at the Quail Hollow Championship. Zach Johnson (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial) is the only American to win during that stretch.

• Westwood joins Billy Maxwell (1958), Bob Lunn (1968) and Dicky Pride (1994) as the only players to win the St. Jude Classic in their first appearance.

• The win is Westwood's second on the PGA TOUR, and comes 123 starts and 12 years, two months and eight days since his victory at the 1998 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The TOUR record for most years between victories was set by Robert Gamez, with 15 years and six months in between his victories at the 1990 Nestle Invitational and 2005 Valero Texas Open.

• In all, Westwood has made 133 starts on the PGA TOUR, with 23 top-10 and 52 top-25 finishes.

• Incidentally, Westwood's only other TOUR win also came the week before a major championship. Following his win in New Orleans, Westwood finished 44th at the 1998 Masters Tournament.

Player Tournament
Tiger Woods 2007 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational PGA Championship
Phil Mickelson 2006 BellSouth Classic Masters
Sandy Lyle 1988 Greensboro Open Masters
Lee Trevino 1971 Canadian Open British Open
Art Wall 1959 Azalea Open Masters
Sam Snead 1949 Greensboro Open Masters
Ben Hogan 1946 Winnepeg Open PGA Championship
Byron Nelson 1945 Chicago Victory PGA Championship

• Westwood will be seeking to become the first player to win a PGA TOUR event and then win the U.S. Open the following week. In all, just eight players have won the week before a major and gone on to win the next week:

• Westwood has yet to miss a cut in eight starts on TOUR in 2010, with top-10 finishes at the St. Jude Classic (1st), Masters (2nd), THE PLAYERS Championship (T4), Shell Houston Open (T8) and The Honda Classic (T9).

• Westwood's scoring at TPC Southwind: front nine (3-under), back nine (7-under)

Robert Karlsson (67-66-68-69--270, -10) P2

• Karlsson's runner-up finish is his best in 64 career starts on the PGA TOUR, topping his T4 effort at the 2008 U.S. Open.

• In seven starts on TOUR in 2010, Karlsson has made six cuts and collected two top-20 finishes (runner-up at the St. Jude Classic and T17 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship). He won earlier this year at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European Tour, his ninth career victory on that Tour.

Robert Garrigus (67-66-66-71 -- 270, -10) P2

• Third-round leader Robert Garrigus entered the final-hole of regulation with a three-stroke lead but a triple bogey dropped him into a playoff with Westwood and Karlsson. The 32-year-old native of Nampa, Idaho, was then the first player eliminated after driving his ball directly behind a tree and making bogey on the first extra hole.

• Garrigus' runner-up finish comes in his 119th career start on the PGA TOUR and his third at the St. Jude Classic (P2--2010, T42--2009, T47--2006).

• Garrigus has now made four of eight cuts on TOUR in 2010. Sunday's finish tops his previous-best effort this season (T26 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship) and during his career (T3 at the 2007 Open and the 2008 Turning Stone Resort Championship).

• Garrigus normally plays with a 28-inch putter, but used a 29 ½ inch putter this week at TPC Southwind. By comparison, an average-sized putter is 35 inches.

Miscellaneous Stats

• The playoff was just the third of the season (Shell Houston Open, Verizon Heritage) and the 13th at the St. Jude Classic. The last playoff at the St. Jude Classic came in 2008, won by Justin Leonard.

• Sunday's four-hole playoff was the longest in sudden-death format at the St. Jude Classic (previous longest was two holes). There was an 18-hole playoff won by Tommy Bolt (over Ben Hogan and Gene Littler) in 1960.

• With Robert Garrigus failing to win on Sunday, only 11 of 24 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.

• A look at leaders throughout the 53-year history of the St. Jude Classic: -- The first round lead/co-leader has gone on to win 14 times (Lee Westwood in 2010 the last to do so). -- The second-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 19 times (Lee Westwood in 2010). -- The third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win 28 times (Brian Gay in 2009).

• Finishing just one shot out of the playoff were a pair of local favorites: Garrett Willis (Knoxville resident/East Tennessee State University) and Shaun Micheel (Memphis resident).

• Aces this week: Billy Mayfair (R1, No. 8, 7-iron, 170 yards), Will MacKenzie (R1, No. 8, 7-iron, 170 yards), Alex Cejka (R3, No. 4, 7-iron, 178 yards).

• Defending champion Brian Gay finished T15 in his quest to join Dave Hill (1969-70), Lee Trevino (1971-72) and David Toms (2003-04) as repeat winners of the St. Jude Classic.

Heath Slocum finished solo-sixth for his fourth top-12 finish in eight starts at the St. Jude Classic (T4--2005, T10--2009, T12--2007, 6-2010).

John Daly (64th) made his eighth consecutive cut this week, dating to a T67 finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

David Toms, winner of the 2003 and 2004 St. Jude Classic, posted the round of the day with a 5-under 65 to finish T29 in his 19th career start at the St. Jude Classic. After missing the cut in three of his first four starts at the event, he has reeled off a tournament-record 15 consecutive cuts, moving out of a tie with Gene Littler (14) for most in tournament history. Since 2002, he has seven top-10 finishes (T37 in 2008 and T29 in 2010 the only exceptions), with six top-4 finishes (T2-2009, 3-2007, 2-2005, 1-2004, 1-2003, 4-2002).

• Nine past champions of the St. Jude Classic competed this week: Brian Gay (2009/T15), Justin Leonard (2008, 2005/MC), Woody Austin (2007/T15), Jeff Maggert (2006/T67), David Toms (2004, 2003/T29), Len Mattiace (2002/MC), Bob Estes (2001/T8), Jim Gallagher, Jr. (1995/MC) and Dicky Pride (1994/T29).

• While the St. Jude Classic has been around since 1958, only five players have claimed their first TOUR title in the event: Bob Lunn (1968), Larry Mize (1983), Mike Hulbert (1986), Jodie Mud (1988) and Dicky Pride (1994).

• Stat leaders for the week: Driving Distance: Robert Garrigus (326.5 yards) Driving Accuracy: Brian Gay (45 of 56, 80.36 %) Greens in Regulation: Jason Dufner (52 of 72, 72.22 %) Putts per Round: Nathan Green (25.25)

• There were a total of 20 bogey-free rounds this week at TPC Southwind. On Sunday, there were just two: Ben Crane (67) and Retief Goosen (68).

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
Sunday 35.465 35.577 71.042 70.815

• Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC Southwind:

• The par-4 fifth hole played the most difficult this week with an average of 4.226. The par-5 16th played the easiest at 4.547.

• The par -3 14th hole -- this week's Kodak Challenge Hole -- played the most difficult on Sunday with a 3.254 average, yielding just six birdies. Through the St. Jude Classic, Rickie Fowler (10-under) maintains a two-stroke lead in the season-long competition.