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PGA Tour Power Rankings: FedEx St. Jude Classic

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Power Rankings: FedEx St. Jude Classic

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The field at this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic may lack the big names that we will see at the U.S. Open but that doesn’t mean that it will be a cakewalk for those in the field. TPC Southwind is one of the more difficult non-major championship tracks that the players will face. In 2012, it ranked as the most difficult par 70 course out of the 13 that were played. It might not be the optimal tune-up for Merion Golf Club, but it is a tough test in its own right.

Dustin Johnson is hoping to defend his title, despite the fact that he’s played only three competitive rounds of golf since The Masters in mid-April due to a nagging back injury. He is all too well aware that it’s imperative for him to get out this week and shake off any rust that might be lingering. Since there are only five of the top 30 golfers in the world participating this week, it might be a golden opportunity for one of the lesser known guys on Tour to make a splash.

Boo Weekley is coming off a victory and is quite possibly in the midst of reviving his career. He had a nice run several years ago but then seemed to fall off the face of the Earth. Well, he’s back now and is looking for back-to-back victories.

Some people may be overlooking this event and focusing on the major that will take place next week. While I’m certainly waiting for the U.S. Open with bated breath, I’m also looking forward to some great golf this week.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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#5 Russell Henley

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This is his first time in this event, but that doesn’t mean you should write him off, just ask Dustin Johnson. Henley plays exceedingly well on courses with a par less than 72, including a win at the Sony Open, T6 at the RBC Heritage and a T13at the Honda Classic. He’s also coming off of an impressive T6 at the Memorial. Ranks ninth in birdie average, fourth in par 4 birdies or better, eighth in par breakers and 10th in strokes gained – putting.

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#4 Boo Weekley

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Coming off of a win in his last start at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. He’s 5/7 here in his career, with his best finish a T4 in 2008, when he was in his prime. He’s been inching closer to that form and I expect a respectable showing. I’d say he’s a lock for a top 25 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the top 10.

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#3 Ryan Palmer

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The epitome of feast or famine as this event, Palmer has only made 2 of five cuts, but he finished in the top 10 on both of those occasions. He’s been playing well as of late with six consecutive made cuts and three top 15’s in that stretch.

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#2 Freddie Jacobson

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He’s made the cut in 10 straight events and has racked up eight top 25’s and three top 10’s during that time. Jacobson enjoys this event and has played well here. He’s only missed the cut once in 10 tries and has five top 25’s. If you’re looking for a safe bet for a contender this week, look no further.

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#1 Brandt Snedeker

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I’m going to ignore his missed cut at the Memorial Tournament because Muirfield Village has never been kind to him. I’m more interested in his six top 10’s this year. He ranks fourth in par breakers, 18th in strokes gained – putting, 11th in greens in regulation and 11th in adjusted scoring. He’s playing well and has a legitimate shot this week.