June 03, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Harris English won his first PGA TOUR title at last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic. (Getty Images/Tom Pennington)
TEE TIMES: FedEx St. Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Harris English returns to the site of his first PGA TOUR victory. He won by two shots, but a tightly-packed leaderboard led to plenty of final-round excitement. Scott Stallings and Phil Mickelson tied for second, while Patrick Reed also challenged for his first TOUR title here. He's won three times since then.
This is the last week before the U.S. Open, where Mickelson will be the center of attention as he tries to win that tournament for the first time and compete the career Grand Slam. Here's a look at the featured groups this week:
Scott Stallings-Harris English-Phil Mickelson -- 7:40 a.m. Central, 10th tee on Thursday; 12:40 p.m. Central, 1st tee on Friday: The defending champion, English, is paired with last year's runners-up, Stallings and Mickelson. Stallings grew up in Tennessee and was an All-American at Tennessee Tech. Both Stallings and English have won this season. English won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and is No. 8 in the FedExCup. Stallings won the Farmers Insurance Open. Mickelson, on the other hand, is seeking his first top-10 in his 14th start of the season.
Patrick Reed-Dustin Johnson-Webb Simpson -- 7:50 a.m. Central, 10th tee on Thursday; 12:50 p.m. Central, 1st tee on Friday: Johnson won this event two years ago and finished 10th last year. Simpson will be preparing for a U.S. Open in his home state; he won the U.S. Open two years ago. Reed is making his first start since the birth of his daughter. His last start came at THE PLAYERS Championship, where he missed the cut. He has missed the cut in three of his five starts since winning the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and hasn't finished better than 48th. He finished fifth at last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic.
J.B. Holmes-Russell Henley-Graeme McDowell -- 12:40 p.m. Central, 1st tee on Thursday; 7:40 a.m. Central, 10th tee on Friday: Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, is making just his third start in this event; he finished seventh in 2009 after a final-round 63. J.B. Holmes won this season's Wells Fargo Championship and qualified Monday for the U.S. Open; he finished 19th in his last start at this event, in 2012. Henley, winner of this year's The Honda Classic, finished 27th in his debut at this event last year.
Zach Johnson-Ian Poulter-Justin Leonard -- 12:50 p.m. Central, 1st tee on Thursday; 7:50 p.m. Central, 10th tee on Friday: Justin Leonard, a two-time winner of this event, qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday. Zach Johnson has two top-15 finishes in four starts at this event. Poulter is making his third start in this event.