St. Jude is the patron saint of hopeless and lost causes.
A PGA Tour event the week before a major championship might fall into that category.
Over the years, the highest-ranked players in the world typically take the week off to begin their preparations for that respective major.
That’s why you won’t find Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy or Jason Day in Memphis this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
But St. Jude did come through, best as he could and there will be some decent names at TPC Southwind when play gets underway Thursday.
Phil Mickelson’s will be there although he won’t be at the U.S. Open. Lefty will be at daughter Amada’s high school graduation that Thursday.
Rickie Fowler’s in town. He came close last week at The Memorial and his game’s been close all year. Steve Stricker just earned his way into the U.S. Open in his home state and he’ll warm up in Memphis, where typically it’s easy to get warm in the hot, typically humid June conditions.
Adam Scott’s in the field, so is Brooks Koepka.
So yes, St. Jude did come through, best he could.