Berger goes back-to-back at St. Jude Classic

Daniel Berger went back-to-back in Memphis to defend his FedEx St. Jude Classic title in the final event before the US Open.

The 24-year-old, previously ranked 43rd in the world, successfully defended his FedEx St. Jude Classic title this week after firing a bogey-free 4-under 66 Sunday to finish at 10-under to win by one shot from Charl Schwartzel and Whee Kim.

Berger birdied two of his last six holes to seal the victory with his two PGA Tour wins coming from the same event.

The American played the weekend in eight under and moved into 10th place on the FedEx Cup standings with the win and 24th in this week’s World Rankings.

“I played really great through the first couple days but I didn’t make as many putts,” said Berger. “Then the last couple days they just started to fall and that was the big difference.”

Daniel Berger WITB

  • GBB Epic Driver (10.5º)
  • GBB Epic Fairway Wood (15º)
  • Apex 16 Irons (3-4)
  • Ape Pro 16 (5-iron)
  • Callaway MB 1 Irons (6-PW)
  • Mack Daddy Forged Wedges (50º, 56º, 58º)
  • Odyssey Versa 2-Ball Putter
  • Chrome Soft Golf Ball

Berger was the seventh different player under 25 to win on the PGA Tour this season, earning the 10th title by players under 25 in 30 events. Justin Thomas (3), Hideki Matsuyama (2), Si Woo Kim, Cameron Smith, Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth are the others.

“We hear a lot about the young guns and about the Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieths, but I feel like I kind of get forgotten a little bit,” said Berger, who was the 2015 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

“I’m pretty good, so I’m just going to try and keep doing my thing and see if I can’t get a few more.”

Adam Scott dusted off controversy surrounding his comments on the USGA to finish tied for 10th at 6 under and was the best of the Aussies. He birdied three of his last five holes to record his third top-10 this year.

Scott’s tournament highlight was a six-under 64 second round that included an eagle on the par-five 16th on Friday.

Scott will be someone to watch this week at Erin Hills. He was the only player to finish in the top-10 at the Masters (T-9) and The Players (T-6) and with his finish over the weekend, he enters the US Open full of confidence with his game.

“I was striking it really good yesterday and struck it better today,” said Scott following his round. “It was just a matter of staying patient. Nice that my ball-striking is kind of stepping up cause that’s been the only thing that’s concerned me this year.”

Matt Jones, who was in contention for this title after opening with rounds of 65-69, faded over the closing rounds carding a 69-72 to finish at 5-under, dropping 12 places on Sunday to share of 18th position.

Brett Drewitt had mixed results with rounds of 71-65-72-74 to finish in a tie for 60th position to be the last of the Aussies playing on the weekend. Cameron Percy, Stuart Appleby, Steven Bowditch and Curtis Luck all missed the cut.