Round 4 Recap: 2012 FedEx St. Jude Classic

At one point yesterday there was 9 or 10 players either with the lead or one shot back.  I do not think the folks over at CBS and the PGA Tour could write a better finish for the FedEx St. Jude Classic.  Lets go over some of the highlights: Rory had the lead after 36, lost it after 54, but came back on Sunday to take the lead at -9 under going into the 14th with water along the right side, and spaloosh his 3wd finds the water.  After a great approach and a putt that the golf gods themselves came down to keep from the hole (not sure how it didn’t go in) to make bogey and drop back to a tie for the lead.  Then a 3putt on the 15th, and a par on the short par 5 16th Rory needed a little magic to put pressure on the field.  He makes one of a few birdies on the 17th (from under the trees no less) to get to -8 under and a tie for the lead.  Then the 3wd fails him again and he finds the water on the 18th and closes the door on a W in Memphis.

Meanwhile Dustin Johnson birdies the 16th and 17th to find himself at -9 under.  After a precarious tee shot (3 players in the last three groups found the water all with a chance at making birdie to tie the lead) that ended up dead perfect down the middle, and a safe iron, with two putts DJ finishes his second tournament back after two months as the leader in the clubhouse.  With only one player John Merrick with a chance to win after the tee shots are hit on the finial hole (Nick Ohern had found the water) needed to hit his approach to the front collar and then needed to hole his chip for birdie to force a playoff.  Again the ball could not have gotten any closer without going in, and we have ourselves another Dustin Johnson victory.  His 6th PGA Victory, first in Memphis (he is only one of three players to win in Memphis on their first try), and DJ has the most victories of any player on the PGA Tour under 30.

One last little note:  DL3 our Ryder Cup Team Captain finishes 16th at the Memorial last week, qualifies for the US open during the week, then finishes in a T3 this week in Memphis.  Could we have our first playing captain in roughly 50 years.  Arnold Palmer was the last playing captain for the Americans, when he went 3-2 at Atlanta Athletic Club. Dai Rees, in 1961, was the last British playing captain.  I am not sure that DL3 would play if he qualified (he is currently 42nd, and would need to continue to play really well).  I do not believe that Davis will chose himself, and it would be difficult to qualify at this point but he is undeniably the best playing captain choice we have had…well since Arnold Palmer.

6th Victory for DJ comes in Memphis

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