Tough to find value in a field with this depth but what the hell?
The winner won’t be a surprise so let’s try to find him.
Few longer shots in here might make a bit of sense in Top 10 or Top 20.
Or just balls.
World Golf Championships – FedEx St Jude Invitational
|Yards (per official scorecard):||7,233|
|Greens:||Champion Bermuda; 4,400 square feet.|
|Rough:||419 Bermuda at 2.5 inches.|
|Bunkers/Water||75/11 (water in play on 11 holes).|
|Architects:||Ron Prichard (1988).|
|Purse:||$10.5 million and $1.82 million (winner); 550 FedExCup points.|
|Defending Champion (event):||Justin Thomas.|
|Fact of the Week:||Third and final edition here before TPC Southwind hosts the first FedExCup Playoff event in 2022.|
|Fact of the Week II:||PGATOUR has had an event here every year since 1989.|
- 66 players invitational field
- No cut
** – first time winner on TOUR
|Safeway Open||Stewart Cink|
|120th United States Open||Bryson DeChambeau|
|Corales Punta Cana Championship||Hudson Swafford|
|Sanderson Farms Championship||Sergio Garcia|
|Shriners Hospitals for Children||Martin Laird (playoff)|
|CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK||Jason Kokrak**|
|ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP||Patrick Cantlay|
|Bermuda Championship||Brian Gay|
|Vivint Houston Open||Carlos Oritz**|
|84th Masters Tournament||Dustin Johnson|
|The RSM Classic||Robert Streb|
|Mayakoba Golf Classic||Viktor Hovland**|
|Sentry TOC||Harris English|
|Sony Open in Hawaii||Kevin Na|
|The American Express||Si Woo Kim|
|Farmers Insurance Open||Patrick Reed|
|Waste Management Phoenix Open||Brooks Koepka|
|AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||Daniel Berger|
|The Genesis Invitational||Max Homa|
|WGC – Championship at The Concession||Collin Morikawa|
|Arnold Palmer Invitational||Bryson DeChambeau (2)|
|THE PLAYERS Championship||Justin Thomas|
|The Honda Classic||Matt Jones|
|WGC- Match Play||Billy Horschel|
|Corales Puntacana||Joel Dahmen**|
|Valero Texas Open||Jordan Spieth|
|85th Masters Tournament||Hideki Matsuyama|
|RBC Heritage||Stewart Cink (2)|
|Zurich Classic of New Orleans||Cameron Smith/Marc Leishman|
|Valspar Championship||Sam Burns**|
|Wells Fargo Championship||Rory McIlroy|
|AT&T Byron Nelson||KH Lee**|
|103rd PGA Championship||Phil Mickelson|
|Charles Schwab Challenge||Jason Kokrak (2)|
|Memorial Tournament||Patrick Cantlay (2)|
|Palmetto Championship (Congaree)||Garrick Higgo**|
|121st US Open||Jon Rahm|
|Travelers Championship||Harris English (2)|
|Rocket Mortgage Classic||Cam Davis**|
|John Deere Classic||Lucas Glover|
|149th Open Championship||Collin Morikawa (2)|
|Barbasol Championship||Seamus Power**|
|3M Open||Cameron Champ|
|2020 Tokyo Olympics||Xander Schauffele|
WGC Winners at TPC Southwind:
|2020||Justin Thomas, 13-under||Won this event for the second time in three years on two different courses.|
|2019||Brooks Koepka, 16-under||Picked up his first WGC title as he smoked Rory McIlroy by six shots in the final pairing to win by three.|
TOUR Winners at TPC Southwind:
— Please check Horses for Courses for all relative data from the previous TOUR events —
Facts and Figures:
|Course Record:||61; Last done by Tom Lewis in Round 3 in 2020; not entered this week.|
|Tournament Record:||264 (-16); Koepka, 2019.|
|Recent Defending Champion(s):||Daniel Berger won at this track in 2016 and 2017.|
|Multiple Winners – WGC Events||See Horses for Courses table.|
|Multiple Winners – Course||Dustin Johnson (2012, 2018), Berger.|
|First Time TOUR:||Shane Lowry (2015).|
|First Time EVENT:||Lee Westwood (2010), Dustin Johnson (2012), Harris English (2013).|
|Odd Fact:||TPC Southwind has gobbled up the most balls in the water since 2003 on TOUR.|
|Odd Fact II:||TPC Southwind has allowed the most hole-outs since 2003.|
Final WGC event of the season means BOX OFFICE leaderboard so we should bet accordingly.
30 folks from Tokyo make the trip over, including gold medal winner Xander Schauffele.
The course is incredibly fair and will reward tee-to-green players as noted in Horses for Courses.
The greens are perfect and the rough is down so that should increase scoring across the board.
Attacking small greens means advantage to those who hit the most. Putts will drip in on perfect Champion Bermuda greens. Chips and pitches will have chances to go in.
Errant shots can and will find watery graves. With only two Par-5 holes on the card, there’s not a ton of places to make up shots.
Just 12 players over the first two WGC events here have broken 10-under par. That’s 9 better than the last two TOUR events played here in 2017 and 2018.
Scores above 70 this week need not apply for contenders. Digging a hole on a course that doesn’t barf up birdies should ratchet down the aggressiveness for most.
This is a gravy week for most of the big hitters as this is the last event for most before the FedExCup Playoffs start in two weeks in Baltimore.
The other angle can be precious Ryder Cup auditions are on the line for both sides of the Atlantic.
Let’s recap last “week” first:
Last Week – 3M Championship
Cameron Champ wasn’t on my radar at all as he found “it” and took home his third victory on TOUR.
Dustin Johnson (+7500): Solid week last week will entice some but I’ll pass. He’s a beast in Memphis and that’s my next focus. MC as he didn’t break 70.
Louis Oosthuizen (+1600): His only TOUR win is the 2010 Open Championship. That feels weird to type. Close again, but no cigar again, T2.
Tony Finau (+1600): His only TOUR win is the 2015 Puerto Rico Open. That feels weird to type. T28.
Patrick Reed (+2000): Prefer him on more difficult courses and bigger events. You gotta do you. Save him for Governor’s Island. T34.
Matthew Wolff (+2800): His course form sets this number, not his recent play. Beware or jump on the HORSE FOR COURSE. I’ll pass. T39.
Emiliano Grillo (+3300): Hitting every green won’t matter if you two-putt all of them. Wonderfully erratic weekly. MC.
Cameron Tringale (+3500): Sign up for your Top 20 and cash late on Sunday. T16, our first winner.
Robert MacIntyre (+3500): Playing with house money as he’s inside the OWGR Top 50. Just might be free enough to not care and win. I’ll take a nibble that he does just that. Win ticket. MC – L. Sounds like a shitty rapper.
Sergio Garcia (+3500): T20 or better in four straight. I like a streak. Make it five. Top 20. Loser, T25.
Keegan Bradley (+3500): MC in three of his last four but when he cashes it’s top 20. So I’m in, Top 20. And I’m out. T39.
Bubba Watson (+3500): Interesting he returned after MC last year. I’ll let you read between the lines with your cash tho. T51 isn’t much better.
Hank Lebioda (+4500): It’s now three straight in the top 10 for the lefty so I’m going to jump on one final time. It’s not like the courses are getting more difficult or the fields much deeper. Top 10 and Top 20. WD after his father was admitted to hospital on Friday afternoon. He eagled the last to make the cut.
Doug Ghim (+4500): He’ll need at least two days of above average putting this week to contend. Not ridiculous. MC 68-74.
Lucas Herbert or Luke List (both +5500): Maybe on both. Both are in uncharted territory, careful. MC-T58.
Patrick Rodgers (+6000): We’ve been waiting. 6 straight and the last four have trended into T5. I’m down. Across the board Win, Top 10 and Top 20. Can’t have two rounds of par and win in the summer, T39.
Jhonattan Vegas (+6000) T2
Ryan Moore (+6000) MC
Patton Kizzire (+7000) T39
Brandon Hagy (+9500) MC
Brian Stuard (+10000) T6
Beau Hossler (+11000) T49
Adam Schenk (+11000) T51
Ryan Armour (+14000) T6
Brice Garnett (+20000) T16
Kevin Tway (+225000) MC
Mark Anderson (+30000) MC
This Week – World Golf Championships FedEx St Jude Classic
Thoughts on the Chalk:
Brooks Koepka (+1200): He’s been criticized, and maybe rightfully so, for mailing in “regular” TOUR events. He doesn’t care what you think and he loves Memphis. 26-under aggregate the last two years and a clean bill of health entering this week makes him hard to pass up.
Collin Morikawa (+1400): Looking to continue the trend of top three FedExCup (No. 1) or OWGR (No. 3) to win this event for the sixth year running. Tee to green numbers are staggering and these greens aren’t difficult to putt. Yes, please.
Xander Schauffele (+1400): My buddy Jay reminds me that Schauffele should be bet in EVERY SINGLE INVITATIONAL FIELD as that is where he rakes. He’s not wrong but I pointed out he was my OAD at WGC- Concession and that did me T39. I’ll let the gold medalist enjoy his time in the sun as he moves to the top of the interview list this week.
Jordan Spieth (+1400): Hotter than the pavement downtown, the Texan has been cashing on tracks that suit his style of play. Plenty of water this week will test his business tee to green.
Justin Thomas (+1800): Defending champ and NOTORIOUS summer time and invitational player is looking to join Tiger Woods as the only players to defend a WGC event since 2007. So no. Go check my Expert Picks column to see his tweet about how many miles he’s flown the last month. Is it a clue? I doubt he’d post it if he was happy and playing great. That’s me. You do you.
Dustin Johnson (+1800): Koepka has the form so I was hoping for a better price here as DJ hasn’t hit the top five in the USA in 2020. The MC in Minnesota gives me zero pause because of the soft landing here this week. I’m not crazy about a win ticket but a top 10 should be the floor.
Rory McIlroy (+2000): Optimists will tell you getting him at 20-1 is too good to pass up. Posted 62 here in 2019 and finished T4 before T47 last year. Another who will enjoy receptive hole locations and excellent putting conditions. I can’t figure him out.
Louis Oosthuizen (+2200): I mean, he’s on fire. Each way, Top 10, Top 20, go on then.
Daniel Berger (+2200): Win, win and T2 in three of his last four here and already has a win this season. Knows how to get it over the line here.
Patrick Cantlay (+2200): I can’t find much evidence on Bermuda to get involved. I know, I know, the greens are friendly but not for me.
Viktor Hovland (+2200): Three straight top 15s worldwide includes a win. Machine.
Bryson DeChambeau (+2800): 11 holes with water and only two Par-5 holes keeps me safely on the sidelines.
Scottie Scheffler (+2800): Top 10s on every grass and style of course this season. He and his game travel.
Hideki Matsuyama (+3000): He has to run out of gas at some point. I’ll let the jet lag wear off and take a look next time out.
Thoughts on Next Wave – 33 to 1 or worse
Paul Casey (+3300): Sets up like Valspar so I’m guessing he’ll love it. Greens might be more favorable this week.
Matt Fitzpatrick (+3500): Make it three straight in the top 10 here.
Webb Simpson (+3500): No top 10 since his neck deal. Loves the Bermuda so a nice tune-up before his invitational next week.
Patrick Reed (+4000): If everyone is chipping in and holing putts, he’s not at any advantage.
Tony Finau (+4000): One top 10 in his last seven.
Cameron Smith (+4000): Haircut is gaining more headlines than scorecard.
Harris English (+4000): Former winner here won Travelers after finishing third at Torrey Pines.
Shane Lowry (+4500): I’ve been sniffing around him all summer. His superior ball-striking should shine this week. I like it.
Lee Westwood (+11000)
Ryan Palmer (+11000)
Matt Jones (+17500)
Aaron Rai (+22500)
Jim Herman (+40000)
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