The FedEx Cup Playoffs get underway this week, but who takes home the title at TPC Southwind?
It’s the first event of the PGA Tour playoffs, but who is going to come out on top at the FedEx St Jude Championship?
There isn’t just the title on the line, though. Those on the bubble will be aiming to make it into the top 50 to reach next week’s BMW Championship, and to make it into the Signature Events on the PGA Tour in 2024.
Matt Coles takes a look at some of the best bets to lift the title…
FedEx St Jude Championship betting tips and preview
Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN, United States
Date: August 10-13
Course stats: Par 70, 7,244 yards
Course summary: Designed by Ron Prichard, with consultations from Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green, TPC Southwind first opened in 1988. The course provides a stern test with its Zoysia fairways and Bermuda greens.
Defending champion: Will Zalatoris (-15)
FedEx St Jude Championship betting tips
Patrick Cantlay @ 14/1 with William Hill
It might seem odd I am choosing a man yet to win in 2023, but Patrick Cantlay’s consistency has been there for everyone to see this season – with eight top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour.
Most will focus on the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Scottie Scheffler. That could allow Cantlay to fly under the radar a little.
The American does like the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He won the BMW Championship in both 2021 and 2022, with the former then being followed by a win at the Tour Championship – as he won the FedEx Cup for the first time in his career.
If you take out Cantlay’s results on the links course of the Genesis Scottish Open and the Open Championship, he has seven top 15 finishes in his last nine events, including top-five finishes at the RBC Heritage, Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Travelers Championship. Cantlay could certainly be a money-spinner for the FedEx St Jude Championship.
Tony Finau @ 28/1 with William Hill
Tony Finau is the only previous winner from the past seven years to be in the field for this year’s FedEx St Jude Championship. He won this tournament in 2021, albeit when the event was held at Liberty National.
Finau is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, having claimed victories at the Cadence Bank Houston Open and the Mexico Open at Vidanta. He also has top-10 finishes at three other events, including his last outing, the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota.
At 28/1, Finau is always a good each-way bet. He is capable of winning in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, and with two wins this season, he could certainly bring some money your way this week at TPC Southwind.
Sepp Straka @ 50/1 each way with William Hill
It has been an incredible few months for Austria’s Sepp Straka, who is now almost certain of a spot in the European Ryder Cup team in Rome.
Straka won his first PGA Tour title last year at the Honda Classic, with his second coming at the John Deere Classic at the start of July. A couple of weeks after that win, the Austrian then finished in a tie for second at the Open Championship – his best ever result in a major.
Straka also finished inside the top ten at the PGA Championship. He likes TPC Southwind as well, with the Austrian finishing runner-up to Will Zalatoris in this event last year – losing out in a play-off to the American. At 50/1, Straka is definitely the ‘big odds’ man this week in Memphis.
Best of the rest…
Tommy Fleetwood: Is this the week for a maiden PGA Tour title for England’s Tommy Fleetwood?
At 25/1, the Englishman might not have as high odds as you might think, thanks to top 20 finishes in his last seven events where he has made the cut. He came close to that maiden win at the RBC Canadian Open, losing out in a playoff. Could this be Tommy’s week?
Max Homa: With two wins and nine top-10s this season, Max Homa has been one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour.
He was victorious at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Fortinet Championship, and this could be the perfect week for him to make it three. Despite being fourth on the FedEx Cup Points list behind the big three of Rahm, Scheffler and McIlroy, Homa is still out at 28/1.
Harris English: A former winner of the FedEx St Jude Classic, the regular-season event played at TPC Southwind for many years, Harris English knows the golf course well. He won that title in 2013, his maiden win on the PGA Tour, and at 70/1, the American is worth a bet each way this week for sure.
Fancy a punt on this week’s action? Take a look at the latest odds with William Hill.
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