Should They Win — 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic

    Stewart Cink
    Stewart Cink
    Birthdate: May 21, 1973
    Age: 44 years, 21 days
    Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama
    Residence: Duluth, Georgia
    Playing on Top-25 career money exemption in 2016-17. First player to win playing with Top-25 or Top-50 career money exemption since Stuart Appleby at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.
    Projected to move to 12th in the FedExCup standings.
    Looking to earn trip to the TOUR Championship for the fourth time (in FedExCup era) and the first time since 2009; East Lake Golf Club is home course for Duluth, Ga., resident.
    Seven career PGA TOUR wins:
    1997 Canon Greater Hartford Open
    2000 MCI Classic
    2004 MCI Heritage; WGC-NEC Championship
    2008 Travelers Championship
    2009 Open Championship
    2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic
    Win comes in 532nd professional PGA TOUR start; ninth start in the FedEx St. Jude Classic where a T5 in 2004 was his previous-best showing.
    180 starts between last victory (2009 Open Championship) and 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic, a span of 7 years, 10 months and 22 days between wins.
    Last year’s FedEx St. Jude Classic marked Cink’s second start back after taking time off to be with his wife Lisa who was diagnosed with breast cancer in spring of 2016. At the 2016 event, St. Jude patients drew pictures and made get-well cards specifically for Lisa. A year later, Lisa still receives treatment, but is now in what doctors deem “sustained remission.”
    2016-17: 19 starts, 1 win, 3 top-10s, 15 made cuts
    Ben Crane
    Birthdate: March 6, 1976
    Age: 41 years, 3 months, 5 days
    Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
    Residence: Nashville, Tennessee
    Projected to move to 44th in the FedExCup standings; looking to earn second trip to the TOUR Championship (2010) in the FedExCup era.
    Win comes in 376th professional PGA TOUR start.
    Six career PGA TOUR wins:
    2003 BellSouth Classic
    2005 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
    2010 Farmers Insurance Open
    2011 The McGladrey Classic
    2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic
    2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic
    Sixth multiple winner of the FedEx St Jude Classic:
    4          Dave Hill (1967, 1969, 1970, 1973)
    3          Lee Trevino (1971, 1972, 1980)
    2          Nick Price (1993, 1998)
    David Toms (2003, 2004)
    Justin Leonard (2005, 2008)
    Ben Crane (2014, 2017)
    2016-17: 19 starts, 1 win, 1 top-10, 13 made cuts
    Rafa Cabrera Bello
    Birthdate: May 25, 1984
    Age: 33 years, 17 days
    Birthplace: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
    Residence: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
    Wins in 43rd professional start on the PGA TOUR; four-time international winner.
    Projected to move from 91st to 21st in the FedExCup standings.
    First-year TOUR member not considered a “Rookie”, having earned PGA TOUR card via 2015-16 PGA TOUR non-member FedExCup points list.
    First time (since 1971) that three or more Spain natives won on the PGA TOUR in the same season:
    • 2017: Sergio Garcia (Masters), Jon Rahm (Farmers Insurance Open), Rafa Cabrera Bello (FedEx St. Jude Classic)
    • 2002: Sergio Garcia (SBS Tournament of Champions) and Jose Maria Olazabal (Farmers Insurance Open)
    Four of the last six winners won in their tournament debut: Rafa Cabrera Bello (2017), Daniel Berger (2016), Harris English (2013) and Dustin Johnson (2012).
    Eleven players have made the FedEx St. Jude Classic their maiden PGA TOUR victory, including five of the last seven: Don Whitt (1959), Bob Lunn (1968), Larry Mize (1983), Mike Hulbert (1986), Jodi Mudd (1988), Dicky Pride (1994), Harrison Frazar (2011), Harris English (2013), Fabian Gomez (2015), Daniel Berger (2016) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (2017).
    Ninth first-time winner on the PGA TOUR in 2016-17.
    Sixth international player to have won the FedEx St. Jude Classic: Gary Player (1974), Nick Price (1993, 1998), Greg Norman (1997), Lee Westwood (2010), Fabian Gomez (2015) and Rafa Cabrera Bello (2017).
    Next week, Cabrera Bello will play in his fourth U.S. Open.
    Projected to move from No. 30 to No. 17 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
    2016-17: 12 starts, 1 win, 3 top-10s, 8 made cuts