Brooks Koepka will try to extend his lead at the 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Friday as he enters the day leading by a pair over Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd. Koepka has not had much success since winning this tournament last year, but this is the perfect spot for him as he’s trying to gear up for the only major of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season next week at the Tour Championship.
There are plenty of chasers to keep an eye on, including Fowler (-6), Justin Thomas (-4) and Bryson DeChambeau (-3). All three played quite well at times on Thursday, and Thomas and DeChambeau have been immense since the PGA Tour restarted at the beginning of June.
TPC Southwind should again play a little slower and a little softer than we’ve seen some of the other courses over the last month play, and that will work to the advantage of longer hitters like Koepka and DeChambeau. Despite the great Day 1 performance, I’m not totally sure I believe in what Koepka is selling right now as he hasn’t been very good over the last year. I need more than one round of great play for him, and maybe we get that round come Friday morning in Memphis.
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