The Starter: Round 1, FedEx St. Jude Classic

June 08, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Groups we're watching
Tee time Players  
8:36 p.m. ET
No. 1
Brian Gay, Camilo Villegas, Robert Allenby
Gay is always a perennial threat at tough TPC Southwind, where he won in 2009 and tied for 15th last year.
8:27 a.m. ET
No. 10
Anthony Kim, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen
Garcia can't be overlooked this week. He hasn't won in over three years, but he's been consistent all season.
1:36 p.m. ET
No. 10
Robert Garrigus, Lee Westwood, Robert Karlsson
The three participants in the playoff here last year (won by Westwood) are paired together the first two rounds.
MORE ROUND 1: Tee times | TOUR REPORT: News, notes from the course

The first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic is set to begin. The Golf Channel will televise live action beginning at 3 p.m. ET .

WHAT TO WATCH ON THURSDAY: • WILL THE NATIONWIDE TOUR GRADS REMAIN HOT? The 2010 Nationwide Tour graduating class might be the most talented in the tour's 20-year history. Three of them (Keegan Bradley, Jhonattan Vegas and Brendan Steele) have already won this season. The three are paired together this week. Featured Group

Round 1 weather forecast
Partly sunny
Temp: 95 high/72 low
Sunny and warm, with a slight risk of an afternoon thunderstorm.
ShotLink Player notes
Here are some of the players you'll see on the Golf Channel's coverage:
Currently eighth the FedExCup standings, two-time FedEx St. Jude Classic champion (2003 and 2004) David Toms is the highest ranked player in this week's field. In his last three starts on TOUR, Toms has accumulated 876 FedExCup points on the strength of a T24 at Wells Fargo, a runner-up at THE PLAYERS, and a win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. At this point last year, Toms ranked 101st in the FedExCup standings. Statistically, Toms is currently the best on TOUR in the All-Around ranking category. He currently ranks third in driving accuracy, second for greens in regulation, 24th for scrambling and sixth for strokes gained putting.
Despite coming off a disappointing final-round 73 at last week's Memorial Tournament, Jonathan Byrd carded his fourth top-10 of 2011 and currently sits in the 12th spot of the FedExCup standings. At this point last year, Byrd was ranked 137th in the FedExCup with just one top-10. Byrd is just one of eight players on TOUR who have yet to rank outside the top 30 of the standings in any week in 2011.
Shotlink notes provided by Alex Turnbull

ANOTHER ROOKIE: PGA TOUR rookie Sunghoon Kang should have some extra momentum this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. The 24-year-old South Korean makes his debut at TPC Southwind on the heels of finishing as co-medallist in the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Tunica National in Memphis, Tenn. Story