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FedEx St. Jude Championship Golf Betting Picks
The opening stage of the FedEx Cup Playoffs begins in Memphis, Tennessee, this week with the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Memphis has hosted a PGA Tour tournament annually since 1958.
This particular event replaced The Northern Trust as the opener of the three-event playoff series after operating as a World Golf Classic tournament the last three seasons. Tournament play begins on Thursday, August 11th, at TPC Southwind and concludes on Sunday, August 14th.
Tony Finau won last year’s opening stage at Liberty National in New Jersey. Finau defeated Cameron Smith in a playoff to capture his second career PGA Tour victory. Abraham Ancer is the defending champion on this course, coming out on top of a four-man playoff last year.
The prize purses are elevated significantly, with this week’s purse at $15 million. The winner takes home a share of $2.7 million.
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The field is capped at the top 125 players ranked pros in the FedEx Cup standings following the end of the regular season last week at the Wyndham Championship.
Four players inside that number, Nate Lashley (98th), Daniel Berger (78th), Lanto Griffin (69th), and Tommy Fleetwood (47th), won’t be in action this week.
The rest of the 121 players teeing it includes the top ten players in the world and 22 of the top 25. Scottie Scheffler, the current world no.1 and FedEx Cup leader, hopes to keep his magical season going with his fifth victory of the year. Defending FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay is back in action after a T2 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Justin Thomas, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Cameron Smith join Scheffler as the four major champions this season in the field.
The private course located just outside Memphis was designed by Ron Prichard and opened its doors in 1988. Playing as a par-70, the course can lengthen to over 7,200 yards for tournament play.
TPC Southwind has played as one of the tougher venues on Tour the past few years, with numerous bunkers and water hazards throughout the property.
Looking at the scorecard, there are a pair of par 5s, four par 3s, and 13 par 4s. The par 5s stretch over 525 yards each, and the 14th par 3 can play well over 230 yards. There are three par 4s that measure over 480 yards.
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Cameron Smith (+1800)
Smith comes to Memphis after T5 finish here last season during the WGC event. The Open Championship winner hasn’t played since hoisting the Claret Jug, but we aren’t concerned, given his season. Smith is a favorite to pick up his fourth victory of the year this week.
Sam Burns (+3000)
The three-time winner this season fell to Ancer in a playoff on this course last year after a final round 64. Burns has been consistent all season with eight top-10 finishes over 21 events. Given his season and course history, there is a lot of value here.
Joaquin Niemann (+5000)
Niemann has shown flashes of excellence this year, picking up the second PGA Tour victory at the Genesis Invitational earlier this year. He’s cashed in on 16 of 21 events with four top-10s. Niemann’s game is prime for TPC Southwind’s layout.
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