The 2023 FedEx Cup Playoffs begin on Thursday, Aug. 10, when the FedEx St. Jude Championship tees off from TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. Scottie Scheffler is the world's No. 1 ranked golfer and currently 2nd in the FedExCup Standings heading into the PGA Tour's final three tournaments of the 2023 season. He has won twice this season, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and THE PLAYERS Championship in March. Only the top 70 golfers in the regular season standings are eligible to play in the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship – down from 125 in years past.
Jon Rahm currently sits atop the FedEx Cup standings, followed by Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Max Homa and Wyndham Clark. According to the latest 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship odds, Scheffler is the +650 favorite, with McIlroy (+800) and Rahm (+800) next in line.
Scottie Scheffler's Recent Form
With a T23 at The Open Championship, Scheffler recorded his lowest finish on the PGA Tour since last fall. Including his two wins in Arizona and Florida, the world's top ranked golfer had not finished below 12th place since last November. Heading into The Open, Scheffler had recorded an amazing seven top-five finishes in a row, highlighted by a T2 at the PGA Championship.
Remarkably, the Texas alum has gained at least 2.7 shots off the tee in his last 16 tournaments. On approach, the last tournament where Scheffler lost strokes was his last visit to the FedEx St. Jude Championship in August 2022. His ball striking numbers have been other worldly this season and it's easy to see why.
Scheffler ranks No. 1 on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, On-Approach, Tee-to-Green, and Total. He's first in Greens in Regulation Percentage, fourth in Total Driving, and sixth in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green. But Scheffler hasn't won in five months for a reason, his putting woes.
He sits 140th on Tour in Shots Gained: Putting averaging nearly -0.2 shots on the greens per round. Despite his elite ball striking, Scheffler has lost strokes putting in eight of his last 13 tournaments. Even at The Players Championship, which he won going away, the Texan only gained 0.11 shots putting.
After faltering down the stretch at the Tour Championship last year, Scheffler looks to avenge his missed cut at TPC Southwind last year and gain points on Jon Rahm at the top of the FedExCup Standings. The winner of this week's event will receive 2,000 FedEx Cup points, which could go a long way in determining the FedEx Cup champion.
About TPC Southwind
Scheffler will be part of a strong contingent playing the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship. TPC Southwind will host the star-studded tournament, which is hosting a FedEx Cup Playoffs event for just the second time. The course features Bermuda greens, while offering plenty of challenging holes with a plethora of water hazards, plus undulating zoysia fairways.
Designed by Ron Prichard, TPC Southwind opened in 1988. The par-70 layout rewards players who are able to hit the fairway and avoid the water. The course features narrow, tree-lined fairways with either a water hazard or a bunker in the landing area. In total, 11 of 18 holes feature some sort of water hazard, so precision will be paramount this week. TPC Southwind plays at approximately 7,243 yards.
Will Zalatoris defeated Sepp Straka in a playoff last season, but he'll be unable to defend his title at TPC Southwind after missing the majority of the year with a back injury.
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