WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational betting tips & predictions – this year marks the first edition of the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational which replaces the much loved WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
The rebranded FedEx St Jude Classic debuted in May 1958 as the Memphis Open and is played annually in Memphis, Tennessee. TPC Southwind has served as tournament host since 1989.
Since 2007, the FedEx St Jude Classic preceded the US Open. However, with the tournament’s new elevated status, it becomes a ‘marquee-event‘ on the Tour calendar and will attract the very best golf professionals from around the world.
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 ‘play-ability’ with strategy.
The course was remodeled 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’s champion, Dustin Johnson, holed out for eagle on the Par 4 18th to finish on a score of -19 (261). He won by six strokes from Andrew Putnam with JB Holmes a further 4 shots back. DJ put on an exhibition tee-to-green gaining almost 17 strokes on the field average in the SG:Tee-To-Green category. This accounted for over 80% of his shots gained for the tournament.
Johnson only squared 4 bogeys for the week shooting rounds of 67-63-65-66 on his way to victory. DJ finished the tournament T36 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for Driving Distance, T10 for GIR and 12th in SG:Putting.
In 2017, 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.
WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational Betting Tips 2019