SPORTS

St. Jude Classic offers final test for some, last chance to qualify for a few before US Open

  • Phil Mickelson tees off on the second tee during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Phil Mickelson tees off on the second tee during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dustin Johnson reacts after making a birdie on the second hold during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Dustin Johnson reacts after making a birdie on the second hold during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

TPC Southwind looks nothing like Chambers Bay, leaving the St. Jude Classic to offer only that final chance at honing a swing or putting stroke under the mental pressure of competition.

That's more than enough for the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen and Graeme McDowell at a course where par is a good score.

Mickelson said Wednesday it's hard to replicate the type of mental preparation needed to focus on each shot and get into contention. He says he feels his game is close despite a tie for 65th at Memorial last week.

Steven Bowditch, who won the Byron Nelson two weeks ago, and Harris English are among those here hoping to play their way into the U.S. Open by reaching the top 60 in the world rankings.