St. Jude Classic 2017

Round 4 - Daniel Berger defends title

June 12, 2017

The first few shots of Daniel Berger's final round didn't give much clue that his second straight victory at the St. Jude Classic was only a few hours away.

He hit his drive on No. 1 into the rough, sent his next shot into the rough far past the hole and his third shot was a chip that didn't even make it to the green. What was left was an awkward 25-foot chip to save par.

He drilled it.

And from that point on, Berger put together a stellar day on a firm, fast, challenging course at TPC Southwind, shooting a 4-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit and beat South African Charl Schwartzel and South Korean Whee Kim by one stroke.

Now he just might be one of the young players to watch going into the U.S. Open next week at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

''We hear a lot about the young guns and about the Justin Thomases and Jordan Spieths, but I feel like I kind of get forgotten a little bit,'' Berger said. ''I'm pretty good, so I'm just going to try and keep doing my thing and see if I can't get a few more.''

Berger is the fourth back-to-back winner at St. Jude and the first since David Toms did it in 2003 and '04. He played a bogey-free round on Sunday, usually avoiding trouble after the first hole. His 17-foot birdie putt on No. 15 put him ahead for good and he finished at 10-under 270.

''I played really great through the first couple days but I didn't make as many putts,'' Berger said. ''Then the last couple days they just started to fall and that was the big difference.''

Schwartzel shot a 66 and Kim shot a 67 to finish in second. Amateur Braden Thornberry and Billy Horschel were among five players two shots back.

Schwartzel played well for most of the tournament, but a 4-over 74 in the third round made for a steep hill to climb on Sunday. He nearly made it, but a long putt on No. 17 stopped just short of the birdie he needed to pull even with Berger.

Stewart Cink, Ben Crane and Rafa Cabrera Bello started Sunday with a one-shot lead on a crowded leaderboard that included 12 players within three shots of the lead. Cabrera Bello stayed in contention for most of the day, finishing with a 71, but Cink and Crane both shot a 73.

The leaderboard was a jumbled mess through much of the final round. At one point, there were nine players tied for the lead at 8-under before Berger finally emerged from the pile.

''I just hit so many good shots coming down the stretch and I can't even explain,'' Berger said. ''It's just - I feel like I wasn't even on the golf course. It just kind of happened.''

Phil Mickelson briefly had a share of the lead during the final round, but a triple bogey on No. 12 - which included a shot into the water - knocked him out of contention. He still shot a 68 and finished at 7-under, three shots behind the leaders.

Mickelson, who is not expected to play in the U.S. Open next week because of his oldest daughter's high school graduation, said he feels good about how he's playing except when it comes to between his ears.

''The good news is that my physical game is there and I should be able to find the mental toughness here soon,'' Mickelson said.

Thornberry shot a 65 and became the first amateur to finish in the top 10 at the St. Jude Classic since 1965. Thornberry, a sophomore at Mississippi who is from nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi, recently won the NCAA individual championship with for the school's first golf title.

Round 3 - Three lead heading in to Sunday

June 11, 2017

Stewart Cink felt the familiar emotions and butterflies and savored every minute of it on Saturday.

He had some great moments and tough ones at TPC Southwind, making five birdies and four bogeys on the way to a 1-under 69. Now he's in a three-way tie with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Ben Crane for the lead at the St. Jude Classic after three rounds.

Win or lose on Sunday, the 44-year-old Cink is relishing his status as a contender, especially after all the personal and professional adversity he and his family have been through over the past few years.

''It's a moment you don't really get to experience that often, even if you've played on the Tour for 21 years,'' Cink said. ''This may only happen a handful of times. Maybe a few more. So it's a really sweet feeling.''

Cink has gradually improved his game since missing several weeks last year to help care for his wife Lisa, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. He qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday in Ohio and has now had three solid rounds at the par-70 TPC Southwind course to be in the hunt for his first victory since winning the 2009 British Open.

Cink said Lisa is at the course this weekend and her health is good.

The six-time PGA Tour winner wasn't very competitive from 2014 to 2016, with just one top 10 finish during those three years. But he's enjoyed quite the resurgence this season, with two top 10s and eight top 25s in 18 events.

Now he's got a real chance to add his seventh PGA victory.

''I'm probably not supposed to be doing this,'' Cink said. ''But I don't really care about that. My golf ball doesn't know how old I am.''

Cabrera Bello shot a 65 and Crane - who won the St. Jude Classic in 2014 - shot a 68 to join Cink at 9-under 201 for the tournament.

Cabrera Bello, a 33-year-old from Spain, has four international victories, but has never won on the PGA Tour. He's 30th in the World Golf Ranking and chipped in on back-to-back holes on the front nine to jumpstart his round.

''It got me laughing because I don't know if I've ever done that before,'' Cabrera Bello said. ''So obviously very pleased. It took away a little bit of pressure, just brought the smile to my face.''

Crane is one of Cink's good friends on the tour and said it's been rewarding to watch Cink overcome so much adversity. The two played in the same group on Saturday.

''The past year for Stewart has been something that you wouldn't wish any couple to go through,'' Crane said. ''But we've watched Stewart and Lisa get closer to each other, get closer to God and be a light out here on the PGA Tour in the midst of these trials.''

Cink had a good start on Saturday, with birdies on three of his first five holes. He opened up a three shot lead at 11-under after a seven-foot birdie putt on No. 5, but dropped back to the field after three bogeys on the back nine.

Luke List and Chad Campbell both shot a 66 and are one stroke behind the leaders. List made two eagles on the back nine to vault into contention.

Campbell, who recently turned 43, hasn't won a tournament since the 2007 Viking Classic. He started Saturday five shots back of the leaders, but charged up the leaderboard with five birdies and only one bogey.

Chez Reavie, Charl Schwartzel and Sebastian Munoz started the third round with a one shot lead over Cink, but all of them struggled. Reavie is still in contention after shooting a 72 and is tied with Matt Jones and Kevin Chappell at 7-under, two shots behind the leaders.

Schwartzel shot a 74 and Munoz a 75.

Round 2 - Trio lead at halfway

June 10, 2017

Chez Reavie fired three birdies and an eagle in a five-under par 65 that boosted him into a three-way tie for the lead with Charl Schwartzel and Carlos Munoz Friday in the PGA St. Jude Classic.

South Africa's Schwartzel had five birdies and a bogey in his four-under par 66 while Colombia's Munoz carded a 67 that featured four birdies and a bogey.

They were one stroke in front of overnight co-leader Stewart Cink, who carded a 68 for 132, with Ben Crane, winner of this tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, on 133 after a 65.

Reavie started the day two shots off the lead. He picked up three birdies on the front nine and eagled the par-five 16th to go into the weekend poised to strike for a second career win to go with his 2008 Canadian Open title.

Reavie said he'd stay aggressive over the weekend.

"There's no way that I can change my mindset and go out there and try and make pars. I won't win the golf tournament if I do that," he said.

"I need to just keep doing the same thing I'm doing, attack the holes that suit my eye and make as many birdies as I can."

Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, teed off on 10 and birdied four of his first eight holes. He was alone atop the leaderboard after a birdie on the par-four second but bogeyed the eighth.

He was expecting a demanding weekend in the final tuneup before next week's US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

"If you're missing fairways, with the greens, you're going to miss a lot of greens, you're going to struggle," he said.

"So if you want to move forward and win this golf tournament, I think all parts of your game are going to have to be in top form."

Munoz, whose late charge on Thursday gave him a share of the first-round lead with Cink, Scott Brown and Matt Every, teed off on 10 and was even through nine after a birdie and a bogey. He picked up three birdies coming in to maintain a share of the lead.

"I'm super happy," the 24-year-old Munoz said. "I'm really proud of the way I played today. I had one mistake, but I think a pretty good bogey on 18, so I was just happy to be able to step it up."

Round 1 - Four top first round leaderboard

June 9, 2017

Matt Every, Scott Brown, Stewart Cink and Sebastian Munoz each shot 6-under 64s on Thursday to share the lead after one round at the St. Jude Classic.

Charl Schwartzel and Matt Jones were each one stroke back at the final tuneup before the U.S. Open.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen and Chez Reavie each shot a 66 on the par-70 TPC Southwind course.

The 33-year-old Every has two wins on the PGA Tour, but none since 2014. He's only made two cuts this year and hasn't finished better than a tie for 62nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.

''I haven't played real well in a couple years, and I've been out here for like seven or eight, so I kind of know the drill,'' Every said. ''Like one round is not that big a deal. It is nice to play well, but yeah, they don't hand out trophies after the first round.''

Every had four birdies during his round and an eagle on the par-5 16th, sticking his second shot about 10 feet from the flagstick before sinking the putt. He closed his round by making a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

''Middle of the round got a little away from me, but I saved some shots and I haven't been doing that lately,'' Every said. ''Then I played pretty solid the last few holes. So it was just a good day. I was kind of due for one.''

Cink, Brown and Munoz joined him by making afternoon charges up the leaderboard.

Brown, a 34-year-old who finished second at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and tied for second at the Genesis Open, followed a bogey on the 14th with consecutive birdies, holing a pair of putts from inside of 10 feet to pull even with Every. He missed a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have given him sole possession of the lead.

''I've been striking it nicely now for a few months and just the putter's kind of been a little inconsistent,'' Brown said. ''Hot some days, cold some days. ... If I can keep the putter rolling, should be kind of in the mix for the week.''

Cink, a 44-year-old, six-time winner on tour and 2009 British Open winner, birdied three straight holes late in his round, including one from about 10 feet on the par-4 5th. He bogeyed the next hole, then closed his round with a birdie on No. 9 to catch Brown and Every.

''The key to my round today was the key to anyone's round who plays well here and that is you've got to keep the ball in front of you,'' Cink said. ''Meaning, you don't have to hit every fairway, but you can't really be off too much.''

Munoz, a 24-year-old, third-year pro from Colombia who's chasing his first victory on tour, was bogey-free during the best round of his career. He had six birdies, including two in a row on Nos. 15-16.

Scores

1 USA Daniel Berger -10 18 -4 70 68 66 66 270
T2 RSA Charl Schwartzel -9 18 -4 65 66 74 66 271
T2 KOR Meen-Whee Kim -9 18 -3 69 66 69 67 271
T4 USA Billy Horschel -8 18 -6 72 66 70 64 272
T4 USA Braden Thornberry -8 18 -5 71 69 67 65 272
T4 USA Chez Reavie -8 18 -1 66 65 72 69 272
T4 USA Kevin Chappell -8 18 -1 68 67 68 69 272
T4 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -8 17 1 70 66 65 - 201
9 USA Phil Mickelson -7 18 -2 69 67 69 68 273
T10 AUS Adam Scott -6 18 -2 71 64 71 68 274
T10 USA Ben Crane -6 18 3 68 65 68 73 274
T10 USA Chad Campbell -6 18 2 67 69 66 72 274
T10 CAN David Hearn -6 18 Par 70 67 67 70 274
T10 USA Dominic Bozzelli -6 18 -1 69 67 69 69 274
T10 USA Harris English -6 18 -5 67 72 70 65 274
T10 USA Steve Wheatcroft -6 18 -2 68 69 69 68 274
T10 USA Stewart Cink -6 17 3 64 68 69 - 201
T18 ARG Fabian Gomez -5 18 Par 69 69 67 70 275
T18 USA Grayson Murray -5 18 -3 67 72 69 67 275
T18 USA Joel Dahmen -5 18 Par 70 66 69 70 275
T18 USA Luke List -5 18 3 70 66 66 73 275
T18 AUS Matt Jones -5 18 2 65 69 69 72 275
T18 USA Trey Mullinax -5 18 -1 68 66 72 69 275
T24 USA Derek Fathauer -4 18 1 70 65 70 71 276
T24 ITA Francesco Molinari -4 18 Par 72 66 68 70 276
T24 ARG Julian Etulain -4 18 -3 74 67 68 67 276
T27 NIR Graeme McDowell -3 18 -2 69 69 71 68 277
T27 USA Kyle Stanley -3 18 2 72 66 67 72 277
T27 USA Matthew Every -3 18 2 64 70 71 72 277
T27 IRL Seamus Power -3 18 1 69 65 72 71 277
T31 USA Brandon Hagy -2 18 1 69 68 70 71 278
T31 ENG Ian Poulter -2 18 1 69 70 68 71 278
T31 USA Kevin Tway -2 18 2 69 69 68 72 278
T31 USA Kyle Reifers -2 18 -1 68 68 73 69 278
T31 USA Robert Streb -2 18 2 72 67 67 72 278
T31 RSA Tyrone van Aswegen -2 18 3 73 67 65 73 278
T37 USA Andres Gonzales -1 18 -1 72 69 69 69 279
T37 USA Brian Campbell -1 18 1 68 72 68 71 279
T37 USA Brooks Koepka -1 18 3 69 66 71 73 279
T37 USA Cameron Tringale -1 18 2 69 69 69 72 279
T37 USA Michael Putnam -1 18 -1 73 66 71 69 279
T37 SCO Russell Knox -1 18 -3 71 69 72 67 279
T37 USA Ryan Brehm -1 18 -2 70 71 70 68 279
T37 USA Scott Stallings -1 18 3 68 73 65 73 279
T37 KOR Seung-Yul Noh -1 18 1 73 67 68 71 279
T37 USA Spencer Levin -1 18 -2 68 69 74 68 279
T47 NZL Danny Lee Par 18 Par 71 70 69 70 280
T47 KOR K. J. Choi Par 18 -1 72 69 70 69 280
T47 USA Mark Hubbard Par 18 Par 68 72 70 70 280
T47 RSA Retief Goosen Par 18 6 66 68 70 76 280
T47 USA Ryan Armour Par 18 Par 73 67 70 70 280
T52 GER Alex Cejka 1 18 1 69 70 71 71 281
T52 ENG Greg Owen 1 18 -1 71 68 73 69 281
T52 USA J. B. Holmes 1 18 2 74 64 71 72 281
T52 USA Scott Brown 1 18 2 64 72 73 72 281
T52 USA Will MacKenzie 1 18 Par 74 66 71 70 281
T52 USA Will Wilcox 1 18 3 71 68 69 73 281
T52 USA Xander Schauffele 1 18 3 69 69 70 73 281
T52 USA Zac Blair 1 18 Par 74 67 70 70 281
T60 USA Ben Martin 2 18 1 70 71 70 71 282
T60 AUS Brett Drewitt 2 18 4 71 65 72 74 282
T60 RSA Ernie Els 2 18 1 68 69 74 71 282
T60 USA Michael Thompson 2 18 2 70 70 70 72 282
T60 COL Sebastian Munoz 2 18 6 64 67 75 76 282
T65 USA Chris Stroud 3 18 5 68 67 73 75 283
T65 USA Roberto Castro 3 18 3 71 70 69 73 283
67 USA John Huh 4 18 7 67 70 70 77 284
T68 USA Nick Watney 5 18 3 70 69 73 73 285
T68 NZL Steve Alker 5 18 5 70 69 71 75 285
T68 USA Tag Ridings 5 18 5 71 68 71 75 285
71 USA Rick Lamb 9 18 7 68 67 77 77 289
RET USA Nicholas Lindheim Par - 134 76 - - - 76
RET KOR Sung-Joon Park Par - 128 82 - - - 82
CUT USA Bob Estes 2 - 70 70 72 - - 142
CUT USA Boo Weekley 2 - 70 72 70 - - 142
CUT USA Bryson DeChambeau 2 - 70 69 73 - - 142
CUT COL Camilo Villegas 2 - 70 70 72 - - 142
CUT SWE Carl Pettersson 2 - 70 69 73 - - 142
CUT USA Garrett Osborn 2 - 70 72 70 - - 142
CUT USA Hudson Swafford 2 - 70 75 67 - - 142
CUT USA Jason Bohn 2 - 70 72 70 - - 142
CUT USA Jim Furyk 2 - 70 72 70 - - 142
CUT ARG Miguel Carballo 2 - 70 72 70 - - 142
CUT USA Andrew Loupe 3 - 70 74 69 - - 143
CUT USA Bill Lunde 3 - 70 70 73 - - 143
CUT USA Brett Stegmaier 3 - 70 73 70 - - 143
MDF USA Chip Deason 3 - Par 72 69 72 - 213
MDF USA Chris Kirk 3 - Par 71 70 72 - 213
CUT USA Dicky Pride 3 - 70 76 67 - - 143
CUT USA George McNeill 3 - 70 74 69 - - 143
CUT USA Jordan Russell 3 - 70 72 71 - - 143
CUT USA Mark Anderson 3 - 70 73 70 - - 143
MDF USA Martin Flores 3 - Par 69 72 72 - 213
CUT USA Patrick Rodgers 3 - 70 71 72 - - 143
MDF USA Peter Malnati 3 - Par 67 73 73 - 213
CUT USA Robert Garrigus 3 - 70 73 70 - - 143
MDF USA Robert Gates 3 - Par 70 66 77 - 213
CUT USA Scott Piercy 3 - 70 70 73 - - 143
CUT USA Troy Merritt 3 - 70 68 75 - - 143
MDF FIJ Vijay Singh 3 - Par 70 71 72 - 213
CUT USA Brian Gay 4 - 70 76 68 - - 144
CUT AUS Cameron Percy 4 - 70 72 72 - - 144
CUT USA Daniel Summerhays 4 - 70 73 71 - - 144
CUT USA Davis Love III 4 - 70 72 72 - - 144
MDF ESP Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 4 - Par 73 68 73 - 214
CUT USA Harold Varner III 4 - 70 73 71 - - 144
CUT USA Johnson Wagner 4 - 70 69 75 - - 144
CUT USA Mark Wilson 4 - 70 75 69 - - 144
CUT USA Patton Kizzire 4 - 70 72 72 - - 144
MDF USA Peter Uihlein 4 - Par 68 73 73 - 214
CUT USA Rickie Fowler 4 - 70 74 70 - - 144
CUT ENG Sam Horsfield 4 - 70 73 71 - - 144
CUT USA Sam Saunders 4 - 70 74 70 - - 144
CUT USA Shawn Stefani 4 - 70 71 73 - - 144
CUT USA Tom Hoge 4 - 70 73 71 - - 144
CUT USA Zack Sucher 4 - 70 71 73 - - 144
CUT ZIM Brendon de Jonge 5 - 70 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Bryce Molder 5 - 70 73 72 - - 145
CUT USA J. J. Henry 5 - 70 74 71 - - 145
CUT USA J. T. Poston 5 - 70 72 73 - - 145
CUT USA Ken Duke 5 - 70 78 67 - - 145
CUT USA Ryan Blaum 5 - 70 72 73 - - 145
MDF USA Ryan Palmer 5 - Par 69 71 75 - 215
CUT USA Shane Bertsch 5 - 70 77 68 - - 145
CUT USA Smylie Kaufman 5 - 70 71 74 - - 145
CUT AUS Stuart Appleby 5 - 70 72 73 - - 145
MDF KOR Sung-Hoon Kang 5 - Par 71 70 74 - 215
CUT NZL Tim Wilkinson 5 - 70 71 74 - - 145
CUT ARG Andres Romero 6 - 70 75 71 - - 146
MDF USA Brian Stuard 6 - Par 69 69 78 - 216
CUT KOR Charlie Wi 6 - 70 74 72 - - 146
CUT JPN Hiroshi Iwata 6 - 70 77 69 - - 146
MDF USA Hunter Mahan 6 - Par 71 68 77 - 216
MDF USA John Peterson 6 - Par 71 68 77 - 216
CUT USA Richy Werenski 6 - 70 74 72 - - 146
CUT USA William McGirt 6 - 70 75 71 - - 146
CUT CAN Brad Fritsch 7 - 70 72 75 - - 147
CUT USA Chad Collins 7 - 70 75 72 - - 147
CUT USA Cody Gribble 7 - 70 71 76 - - 147
CUT USA D. A. Points 7 - 70 72 75 - - 147
MDF USA Max Homa 7 - Par 72 68 77 - 217
CUT USA Blayne Barber 8 - 70 76 72 - - 148
CUT USA John Merrick 8 - 70 76 72 - - 148
CUT USA John Rollins 8 - 70 73 75 - - 148
CUT USA Ricky Barnes 8 - 70 73 75 - - 148
CUT USA Russell Henley 8 - 70 76 72 - - 148
CUT AUS Steven Bowditch 8 - 70 74 74 - - 148
CUT AUS Curtis Luck 9 - 70 72 77 - - 149
MDF USA Jonathan Randolph 10 - Par 68 73 79 - 220
CUT USA Richie Schembechler 10 - 70 78 72 - - 150
CUT USA Tyler Aldridge 10 - 70 75 75 - - 150
CUT IND Arjun Atwal 11 - 70 75 76 - - 151
CUT USA Bobby Wyatt 11 - 70 77 74 - - 151
CUT USA David Duval 11 - 70 78 73 - - 151
CUT USA Oliver Peacock 11 - 70 77 74 - - 151
CUT RSA Rory Sabbatini 14 - 70 74 80 - - 154