FedEx St Jude Classic betting tips & predictions – the FedEx St Jude Classic debuted in May 1958 as the Memphis Open and is played annually in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1989 the event moved from Colonial Country Club in Cordova to its present location at TPC Southwind.
The tournament has preceded the US Open every year since 2007. In 2011 FedEx took over as the tournament’s title sponsor.
TPC Southwind stands out as one of the more gruelling tee-to-green tests on the PGA Tour schedule. It is a 7,200+ yard Par 70 that was designed by Ron Prichard with Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller as player consultants. Each of the holes was meticulously crafted to balance playability with strategy.
The course was remodelled in 2004 with new bunkering, additional trees planted, fairways re-contoured and narrowed and over 200 yards added in length. The Par 5 fifth was converted to a Par 4 reducing the overall par to 70. Water is in play on 10 holes and half the holes are dog-legs.
TPC Southwind continually ranks as one of the most challenging tracks for both Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation. Greens are smaller than the Tour standard and are undulating which translates into smaller target areas and tricky pin positions.
Players will miss greens and an important statistic to look at this week is Scrambling and Bogey Avoidance. It stands out as a track than should suit the experienced and patient professional.
Last year, Daniel Berger successfully defended his title finishing the week on -10 (270), one stroke ahead of the chasing pack. Seven players finished within two strokes of the lead. Berger had this to say after the final round;
“I’m extremely proud. I’m 1-for-1 defending titles, so that’s a pretty good stat. I just battled so hard today and played so good. I just can’t be happier”
His game tee-to-green was sublime for the week and he topped the field in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. He gained an impressive 12.188 strokes on the field average for the week based on this stat. Other stats for the week include T36 for Driving Accuracy, 14th for Driving Distance, T10 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.
Scoring this week is more about avoiding bogeys than it is finding birdies.
FedEx St Jude Classic Betting Tips 2018
The tournament was founded in 2000 as the Tampa Bay Classic. From 2003 to 2006, the event had a slot in the schedule as the last full-field event before the Tour Championship. Since 2007 the event has been played in March.
The topography of the Copperhead Golf Course in unlike what one would expect from Florida golf. The layout is defined by the rolling terrain, with many uphill and downhill tee shots, elevation changes and tree-lined fairways. At more than 7,300 yards from the back tees, it is also known for being a lengthy challenge. The golf course utilizes the natural water hazards of lakes and ponds that are scattered throughout the property.
Copperhead boasts the usual serving of four Par 5s but unusally for a Par 71 it has five Par 3s, three of which are found on the back nine. The final three-hole stretch of the Copperhead Course is known as the ‘The Snake Pit‘ and is one of the toughest finishes at a non-major. It is a 1,120-yard collection of hazards stretched over three holes. The 2011 Champion, Gary Woodland best sums up the ‘Snake Pit’ –
“There is not a birdie hole the last three holes. If you’re two back and have signed your scorecard and the leaders are still out there, you’re definitely hanging around to see what happens.”
Copperhead is a complete test of golf and those with aspirations of winning will have to drive accurately, hit a high percentage of greens in regulation and putt well. An ability to play in blustery conditions is essential.
The Copperhead Course is a venue that usually suits the accurate type. One look at the past champions will tell that it is a ball-strikers course.
Last year, Adam Hadwin survived a late scare to claim his first PGA Tour title. He threw away a two shot lead on the 16th hole hitting his tee shot into the water. However, he kept his nerve to close with two pars for an even par 71 to narrowly edge out Patrick Cantlay.
The Canadian’s iron play laid the foundation for his victory, gaining a total of 8.196 strokes on the field average from approach shots. This was duly complimented by the flat-stick gaining another 6.881 strokes on the field average over the four rounds. He finished the week T27 for Driving Accuracy, 37th for Driving Distance, T5 for GIR and 4th in Strokes Gained Putting.
In 2016, Charl Swartzel won the Valspar Championship in a playoff with Bill Haas. It was his first win on Tour since winning the Green Jacket in 2011. He carded a final round 67 which was 5.2 strokes better than the field average.
The South African won on the strength of his approach shots which accounted for 61 percent of his total gain on the field. Schwartzel finished the week T29 for Driving Distance, T65 for Driving Accuracy, T10 for Greens in Regulation and T12 for Strokes Gained Putting.
In 2015, Jordan Spieth, sank a 28-foot putt for birdie on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair to claim his second PGA Tour title.
Valspar Championship Betting Tips 2018