Who will play in FedEx St. Jude Championship? Projected field with one signature event left

Some of the biggest name in golf will descend on Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind.

The tournament is the first leg of the FedExCup playoffs, and only the top 70 players in the FedExCup standings will qualify for the event. That can lead to late drama in the weeks leading up to the tournament, including last year when Justin Thomas landed just outside the cut line despite coming inches away from sinking a chip shot that would have allowed him to qualify.

Last year's tournament went to a playoff, and Lucas Glover beat Patrick Cantlay to win the title.

With two months until the best PGA players arrive in Memphis for the event Aug. 15-18, here's a look at the projected field.

Who is leading the FedExCup standings?

It's no surprise that world No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler is ahead of everybody else in the FedExCup standings. After his win Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, Scheffler has 5,051 points — 2,171 ahead of Xander Schauffele, who is a distant second.

Behind Schauffele are Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and Wyndham Clark.

While there's still plenty of golf to be played, there's only one more signature event left on the PGA Tour schedule. That's the Travelers Championship, which starts on June 20 in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Signature events have more FedExCup points at stake.

Who is on the projected cut line?

The top 70 players qualify for Memphis. The top 50 will play in the second leg of the playoffs at the BMW Championship the next week, and then the top 30 go to the Tour Championship. Last year's FedExCup winner was Viktor Hovland.

Right now, Seamus Power sits at No. 70 with 509 points. The first player on the outside looking in is Justin Rose, who has 500 points. Behind Rose are Nicolai Højgaard, Keith Mitchell, Cam Davis and Brice Garnett.

The PGA Tour takes a break this week as the players head to Pinehurst for the U.S. Open.

Who won't be in Memphis for the FedEx-St. Jude Championship?

The tournament is a PGA Tour event, which means any player who competes for LIV Golf won't be in the field. That group includes golf stars like Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.

It also includes a new notable name this year: former Masters champion Jon Rahm, who signed with LIV late last year. Rahm played in the FedEx St. Jude Championship last year and finished tied for 37th. He was routinely one of the top players in the PGA Tour standings.

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This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Who should be in FedEx St. Jude Championship besides Scottie Scheffler