The 2021 FedEx St. Jude Invitational tees off this weekend, beginning Thursday, August 5th, and concluding on Sunday, August 8th, at TPC Southwinds near Memphis, TN. The PGA Tour was off last week, with the men’s Olympic competition taking place in Tokyo, Japan. Check out our latest Golf Betting update for the upcoming St. Jude Invitational so you can get all set to bet against the PGA Tour odds.
PGA Tour Betting – WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Preview
This will be the third annual WGC event held at TPC Southwind, one of four World Golf Championship events throughout the PGA Tour season. Before becoming a TPC event, TPC Southwind hosted the FedEx St. Jude Classic, formerly named the Memphis Open, since 1989.
The tournament winner gets 550 FedEx Cup points and $1.89 million of the $10.5 million purse. Justin Thomas is the defending champion after a 13-under in 2020 bested four players by three strokes.
TPC Southwind is a private golf club located in southeast Memphis. The course stretches 7,233 yards and is a par-70. There are 94 bunkers and ten water hazards found throughout the property, making it the ninth-hardest course on Tour.
The course opened its doors in 1988 after being designed by Ron Prichard with the consultation of Tour pros Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller. The greens and rough consist of Bermuda grass, while the tees and fairways are Zoysia.
FedEx St. Jude Invitational Field
The field is loaded with star players for this week’s WGC event. Forty-eight of the top-50 ranked players in the world will be participating in the golf tournament. There is no cut this week with a small field of 66 players.
The world’s number one ranked golfer, Jon Rahm, won’t be playing this week after a positive COVID-19 test forced him to withdraw from the Olympics. Rahm joins South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout as the only two players ranked inside the top 50 to miss the event.
Collin Morikawa won his second major championship last month and is the current FedEx Cup leader, with one week remaining in the regular season following this event. Morikawa tries to capture his second WGC title this season after winning the Workday Championship in February.
After a lackluster performance in Tokyo, Justin Thomas returns to TPC Southwind to defend his title. 2019 champion Brooks Koepka finished T2 here last season and enters in peak form. Koepka’s finished T6 or better in four of his previous five events.
Player to Target
A few players are teeing it up Thursday that have had historical success at this course and should be players you target before the first group of players head out Thursday morning.
Koepka is well up on the odds board, and for a good reason, with past success on this track. Another favorite, Dustin Johnson, also has had good fortunes at TPC Southwind, winning in 2018 and fifth-place showing in 2016.
Peering down the list of players, a name that stands out is Daniel Berger. Berger has played here four times, with a pair of victories when it was the former FedEx St. Jude Classic and a co-runner-up finish last season.
Finally, there is the recent PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson. Mickelson should be near the bottom of the odds board, but the 50-year old has done well at this course. Lefty was T2 in 2020 and has never finished outside of T12 on this course when he’s played.