Sleeper Picks: FedEx St. Jude Classic
Peter Uihlein … From South Africa to the Middle East to Malaysia to Australia to South Africa (again) to India to Puerto Rico to Houston to China to England and to Ohio, navigating the globe since January hasn't slowed the 27-year-old from Massachusetts. He's survived all 13 cuts in 2017. Four went for a top 10 and another three for a top 25. In three PGA TOUR starts on the whirlwind, he's finished a respective T5, T23 and T25. Led last week's Memorial in strokes gained: off-the-tee and ranked fifth in birdie-or-better percentage. And just as he did at Muirfield Village, the non-member is making his debut at TPC Southwind. Chad Campbell ... No matter if you focus on his performance this season or his record at TPC Southwind, both hit the center of the fairway when it comes to the kind of workmanlike expectation he's established throughout his career. Currently 88th in the FedExCup standings with one top 10 and another three top 15s, including a T13 at TPC Four Seasons three weeks ago, he's all but secured his job for next season. If all he needs is one more solid result to lock up his card, he's at the right place. The 43-year-old is 7-for-7 with a pair of top 10s in Memphis since 2010. Ranks 42nd on the PGA TOUR in greens in regulation, 38th in strokes gained: approach-the-green and seventh in scrambling. J.J. Henry … As just like that, the Texan is riding out the tail end of his exemption for capturing the 2015 Barracuda Championship, but perhaps that's how he'd prefer it. He began the antepenultimate week of that season slotted 150th in the FedExCup standings. After a forgettable 2015-16 when he failed to find a top 25 and missed his last eight cuts, his back is against the wall again now. Currently 123rd in FedExCup points, he's 12-for-20 on the season with one top 10 and another four top 25s, all of which in his last 11 starts. Ranked 31st on TOUR in greens in regulation, it's that frequency that has kept his competitive head above water. He's also quite familiar with TPC Southwind where he's made eight cuts in 12 starts. His personal best was a T13 in 2014. Roberto Castro … While he's been optimistic to point out that his form can be directly proportional to the time of year – that is, when it heats up nationwide, so does he – and while that's precisely what's occurred a couple of times since he splashed onto the PGA TOUR in 2012, he's still searching for a flint to spark this year's surge. As he creeps up on his 32nd birthday (on June 23), he's survived only one cut in his last nine starts. However, he's 3-for-4 at TPC Southwind. En route to a T40 in his last appearance in 2015, he ranked sixth in strokes gained: tee-to-green and T4 in par-5 scoring. It wasn't as consistent a week as when he placed T18 here in 2013, but it presented the kind of lightning on which he's counting that strikes again given he's 167th in the FedExCup standings. Bob Estes … Before you automatically dismiss the 51-year-old whose tournament debut occurred in the final edition at Colonial Country Club's South Course in 1988 (in what was his second career PGA TOUR start), consider that he's missed only three cuts in 24 starts at TPC Southwind (1996, 2007, 2011). That success is a result of the combination of a track that isn't overwhelming, invaluable experience on it and a layout that pays off the kind of touch he's maintained on the greens throughout his career. He's just 3-for-10 this season with a T27 at TPC San Antonio (where he sat one shot off the 36-hole lead), but leads the PGA TOUR in one-putt percentage and ranks sixth in three-putt avoidance and 15th in scrambling. In his last start on the PGA TOUR Champions, he led the field at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship with 23 birdies, so there's no shortage of confidence on touchdown in Memphis.
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