Golf Picks & Predictions for the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis

Memphis – Good luck trying to piece together all the historical data for this.

Beginning in 1958 as the Memphis Open, the Memphis PGA Tour event moved to host TPC Southwind venue in 1989. It then underwent a series of name changes over the years, culminating in it being called the FedEx St. Editions until 2018.

Although it remained in the same location, this tournament ceased to exist the following year, becoming WGC-FedEx St. leader. Earn more than $7 million from this event without competing in Memphis.

This week it became the FedEx St. Jude, the first event of the FedEx Cup qualifiers this season, which was once The Northern Trust and before that the Barclays, which in turn means the main winner in the history of this tournament. Now is Dustin Johnson, who has already quit the PGA Tour and (despite two wins in Memphis) will likely never play in what’s called the FedEx St. Jude.

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Logical ?

Here’s another mystery: Of the top 10 players in Memphis last year (which included a total of 11 players), five of them are no longer eligible to play here.

Well, at least they won’t show up until Tuesday afternoon, when the court will rule in the case of “Mickelson et al. v. the PGA Tour,” which could make Taylor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones eligible for playoffs after being suspended indefinitely for joining LIV Golf .

Betting on golf?

Just imagine reading one of these words a year ago and trying to figure out what they mean or how they were possible.

Fast-forward to this week’s tournaments, as many of the big names return for the first time since the last major tournament of the year, as the world of golf gears up for another dramatic week – inside and out. some ropes.

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Colin Morikawa
Colin Morikawa
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FedEx St. Jude Classic

Colin Morikawa (33/1)

First things first: During a summer of losing baggage, it’s nice to know that the player you’re betting on has all the right tools to trade hitting their destination – and that’s the case with Morikawa this week, even if he wasn’t without a bit of a dread.

Hopefully he has exhausted those clubs on his final three-week break, having missed a pair of cuts at the Scottish Open and the Open Championship.

Although he was the defending champion at last, I don’t give much importance to form during these trips abroad. In his last appearance on American soil, Morikawa finished fifth at the US Open.

What I love is that his chances have gone awry, which has historically been a sign that we should start playing with him and that he’s one of the top 10 players already showing up this year.

In a league game quite often, we’ve seen a slight increase in players like Scotty Schaeffler, Cameron Smith, Rory McIlroy, Xander Shaveli and Justin Thomas, to name a few. As is often said in NBA games, every team runs at some point. Maybe it’s time for Morikawa to race, like Patrick Cantlay last year.

Despite these recent struggles, Morikawa’s iron game remained an elite game. We know he has the potential to win any time his status is a little higher, which is a slight improvement over his last two games in Memphis. I would love for Morikawa to start this proverbial race on a track where playing with iron is the most important metric.

Top 20

(+190) Max Homa

I originally commissioned Tommy Fleetwood in the top 20, but with him he tweeted that he was spending time with his family rather than playing in the playoffs, I’d go with Homa, who has a similar percentage of the top 20 cashed out this year. In 16 starts, he has nine. At this rate, I like it versus the implied probability of these possibilities. Expect it to remain stable.

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