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.