Americans set to soar at TPC Southwind
Americans have won 14 of the past 15 instalments of the event in Memphis, Tennessee, with Harris English the defending champion after his two-stroke victory in 2013.
In fact, only four men – Nick Price of Zimbabwe did it in 1993 and 1998 – from outside the US have won the event since its inception in 1958, with Australia’s Greg Norman (1997), South Africa’s Gary Player (1974) and England’s Lee Westwood (2010) the others.
Dustin Johnson is poised to add to his eight PGA Tour titles, and his 2012 title at TPC Southwind, after a top-10 finish last year and some solid form coming into the week.
Johnson has made four consecutive cuts since failing to reach the weekend at The Masters in April, with his best result a tied for seventh finish at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
In all, Johnson has six top-15 finishes this season, and is threatening to win his first title since claiming the WGC-HSBC Champions in November.
World number five Matt Kuchar is playing at the event for the first time since 2007, and aside from being cut at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, he has been in hot form.
Kuchar won the RBC Heritage in April, was tied for 17th at The Players Championship, was tied for seventh at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and fought back from a slow start to finish tied for 15th at The Memorial Tournament last week.
Phil Mickelson has not finished in the top 10 all season but has six top-20 results.
Mickelson finished tied for second behind English at this tournament last year.
Westwood is among the leading international players, after he snapped a run of 10 straight titles to Americans here with his play-off win over Robert Garrigus and Robert Karlsson for just his second PGA Tour title in his career.
The Englishman also comes into the tournament in form, as he has three top-10s from his previous five starts.
Australian pair Robert Allenby and John Senden, Westwood’s compatriot Paul Casey and Colombia’s Camilo Villegas are the other internationals set to contend.
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