Golf Glance: Berger aims for rare 3-peat

LAST WEEK: Memorial Tournament (Bryson DeChambeau)
THIS WEEK: FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn. (Par 70, 7,244 yards)
Purse: $6.6 million (Winner: $1.188 million)
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS)
Defending Champion: Daniel Berger (Twice)
Berger is trying to become the first three-peat champion on the PGA Tour since Steve Stricker won the John Deere three consecutive years from 2009-11. Berger has won the event both times he has entered, representing both of his career victories. … Berger does not have a top-10 finish in 11 starts this season. … No. 2 Dustin Johnson is the top-ranked player in the field and is making his first appearance since 2016. … No. 5 Phil Mickelson is the highest of six players in the top 30 of the FedExCup rankings in the field. He has finished in the top three in three of the past five years. … Brooks Koepka enters the week having shot a 63 in three of his past five rounds on Tour. … Chilean Joaquin Niemann plays his first event after joining the Tour on Monday as a Special Temporary Member with three top-10 finishes in his first five professional events. … Twenty-nine players in the field will compete in the U.S. Open next week. Johnson (2016) and Koepka (’17) claimed their first major titles at the U.S. Open after playing in the St. Jude the past two years. … The best U.S. Open finish by a winner of the St. Jude in the same year was a tie for third by Fred Couples in 1993, when the event was conducted two weeks before the Open.
Television: Thursday-Friday 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. ET (CBS Sports)
NEXT WEEK: U.S. Open, Shinnecock Hills GC, Southampton, N.Y.

LAST WEEK: U.S. Women’s Open (Ariya Jutanugarn)
THIS WEEK: ShopRite LPGA Classic
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club – Bay Course, Galloway, N.J. (Par 71, 6,217 yards)
Purse: $1.75 million (Winner: $262,500)
Television: Friday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Defending Champion: I.K. Kim
Kim won last year’s event by two shots over 2016 champion Anna Nordqvist to claim her fourth career LPGA Tour title. She went on to claim her first major title at the Women’s British Open in August. … One of three 54-hole tournaments on the Tour along with the NW Arkansas Championship and the TOTO Japan Classic. … Nordqvist (2015-16) is one of five two-time event champions. The other playing this week is Stacy Lewis (2012, ’14) … Nordqvist (’16) shares the tournament scoring record of 17-under with Annika Sorenstam (1998, 2005). … Three players from New Jersey are in the field: Marina Alex (Wayne), Taylor Totland (Tinton Falls) and Joanna Coe (Mays Landing). … The 36-hole cut will be made to the top 70 and ties following Saturday’s second round.
NEXT WEEK: Meijer LPGA Classic, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Champions Tour
THIS WEEK: Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa (Par 72, 6,831 yards)
Purse: $1.75 million (Winner: $262,500)
Television: Friday-Sunday, 7-9 p.m. ET (Gold Channel – tape delay)
Defending Champion: Brandt Jobe
Jobe won at 14-under, one shot better than Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron, for his first victory in 32 starts on the Champions Tour. It was Jobe’s first professional victory since the 1998 Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tours. He has six top-10s since last year’s victory. … McCarron won the event in 2016. … Bernard Langer returns to competition after attending his son’s high school graduation and seeks his first victory at the Principal Charity Classic, one of only eight events on this year’s 27-event schedule he has yet to win. … The par-4 first hole was the third-hardest opening hole on Tour in 2017 (4.167).

–By Derek Harper, Field Level Media