2023 PGA Picks: FedEx St. Jude Championship Odds and Expert Betting Predictions
The first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs takes place this week in Memphis, with the FedEx St. Jude Championship. TPC Southwind will play host to all the big names like Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, and Rory Mcllroy, amongst others. The field size is smaller compared to previous years; only the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup Standings have qualified, with 125 players making it to this stage previously. Last year, St. Jude debuted as a playoff event with Will Zalatoris defeating Sepp Straka in a playoff. This year Scheffler cruises in as the favorite at +650 with 16 straight top-25 finishes. Mcllroy and Rahm both come in at +850 with the Spaniard leading the season-long points race after a four-win season including his second major championship. We will look below at some of the best bets this week in Memphis.
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A Look at the Field
Here is a look at the Top 12 and ties with the lowest golf odds to win it all at online sportsbooks
Scottie Scheffler +650 – Rory Mcllroy +850 – Jon Rahm +850 – Patrick Cantlay +1400
Xander Schauffele +1600 – Viktor Hovland +1800 – Tyrrell Hatton +2200 – Collin Morikawa +2200
Tommy Fleetwood +2500 – Rickie Fowler +2800 – Wyndham Clark +3000 – Tony Finau +3000
Course Characteristics of Those Who Can Win or Secure Winning Golf Bets
TPC Southwind features narrow fairways, water hazards, and smaller greens compared to most courses. The course is a par 70 and plays at 7,243 yards. The thick Bermuda rough along with 11 different water hazards characterizes the challenge of the course which ranked second out of 38 PGA Tour courses last year in missed fairway penalties. Approach is the most important aspect this week with over 40% of strokes gained came via approach last year. I will be looking for elite ball-striking with an emphasis on middle irons as key to win this event this weekend.
Tyrrell Hatton +2200
The fiery Englishman has put together a very solid 2023 campaign with a victory as the only blemish. He has 13 top-30 finishes in 18 starts this season. He now returns to Bermuda grass greens, a surface he has been the number one putter in this field over the last two seasons. Hatton has also turned into one of the best drivers on tour, featuring both plus distance and elite accuracy. A victory in Memphis on Sunday would cap off a spectacular season for Hatton.
Collin Morikawa +2200
It is very hard to believe Morikawa has not found the winners circle in over two years but this course plays very well to his overall game. Even in his two-year drought he has remained a top-five short to middle-iron player in the world. His course history at TPC Southwind is solid with finishes of 20th, 26th, and 5th in his three starts here. This is a perfect venue for Morikawa to claim a victory.
Tom Kim +3500
I am going to take a stab on Tom Kim this week at 35-1 odds which provides great value. He had a hot start to the 2023 season before an ankle injury that caused him to cool off. Kim has found form recently finishing 8th at the U.S. Open, 6th at the Scottish Open, and 2nd last time out at the Open Championship. He also has confidence to build on at this course firing two rounds of 66 here last year and finishing 13th. Kim ranks 6th in SG Approach over the past eight weeks which is a great trend coming into an event where he will need top-quality approach shots to compete. Take Kim to win on Sunday.
Golf Picks - Who to Consider This Week:
To win: Hatton, Morikawa, Kim