2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic Betting Preview and Tips

Venue: TPC at Southwind, Germantown, Tennessee
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,239
Purse: $6.2 million with $1,116,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Fabian Gomez

Favourites Discussion

Dustin. Hell yeah!

Dustin Johnson tops the betting at 13/2 this week and the 2012 winner on his debut looks to be in super form heading towards Oakmont. That solo third at Memorial was DJ’s fourth top-4 finish in seven starts with the others being T12, T14, T28.  My only reservation is how much Dustin’s brain is focused on this week and given how much is brain is focused on any week that worries me!

Doc’s Best Bets At The 2016 St Jude Classic

Brooks Koepka 12/1

Opened 64, 65, 64 last time out at the Byron Nelson and though he didn’t get over the line on Sunday, a solo second was hugely impressive from Brooks and Ricky on the bag.  Interestingly it wasn’t Brooks usual highly efficient greens in reg golf at TPC Four Seasons so a good week scrambling was a boost.  Led after 36 holes in 2015 and finished in a T3 bunch behind Argentinian Fabian Gomes.

Phil Mickelson 14/1

Phil. Not himself when he's hungry.

Assuming that Phil gives this tournament his full attention this week, and I have every reason to believe he will, he is a good fit.  Last weeks T20 at The Memorial was significant for a hugely impressive iron display that saw him hit 57 greens in regulation to top the stat.  Phil even hit the pin and spun back into the water on one occasion.  He also circled 23 birdies and if he can tidy up on the greens can certainly have a say this week and next.  T3, T11 and T2 on his last three visits to TPC Southwind.

Gary Woodland 22/1

Gary Woodland. The time the guy drove into the tree!

Following a solid run of top 30’s from New Orlenas to The Players, Gary has suddenly ramped it up with a T12 at the Byron Nelson and T4 at The Memorial. Couldn’t close the deal on Sunday at Muirfield Village but confidence will still be high this week. Hasn’t played in this event since 2013 but a T18 then with a final round of 64 is sure to engender good memories.

Ryan Palmer 20/1 

Showed signs in Texas (T4) of a return to form and was hugely impressive two weeks back with a T3 at the Dean and Deluca Colonial.  Drove it 300 yards, was T5 in fairways hit, T3 in greens hit and a cumulative 8 under on the par-4’s.  Looks like Ryan is finding form just at the right time and with a solo fourth and T3 in 2013 and 2012 respectively he’s definitely worth an each way look this week.

Boo Weekley 60/1

Boo? Oh I thought you said Boob!

You never quite know what you’re going to get from Boo but this par 70 is one of the few courses where his ball striking and nouse can get him a good finish. Rallied with a Sunday 65 here last year to finish T8, one shot off a share of third.  Recent best of T16 at The Players even with a 78 thrown in there, and followed an opening 76 with a 62 at TPC Four Seasons in the Byron Nelson.  Four consistent rounds is the key, but it’s a week that Boo will have circled for a big effort.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Seung Yul Noh 90/1

Hasn’t been setting the world alight of late but this course is right up his alley and with a T3 and T7 here since 2012 it’s worth following his progress.

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