It is going to be a busy weekend for golf fans, as there are a pair of PGA events set to take lace starting on Thursday, July 30. They are both important tournaments, but if you are interested in watching the top-ranked players in the world, then it is the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational that you should be tuning into. The best players in the world will be heading to the TPC Southwind course in Memphis, Tennessee to take part in an event that changed names last season from the St. Jude Classic. The name may be different, but the quality of this tournament remains high. Brooks Koepka will be out to try and defend the title that he won last year, but he is going to have some very stiff competition. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites for this one so you can wager on against their PGA odds.
World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational Analysis
If you want to talk about consistency, you need to have Jon Rahm in the conversation. Over the past few seasons, the Spaniard has found a way to be in the mix in the vast majority of tournaments he has played in, and while that has not really translated into a lot of wins, it has propelled him to the #1 spot in the world. Rahm has 4 career wins on the PGA Tour, including a victory at the Memorial last weekend, a win that snapped a surprisingly poor run of form. Rahm led this event after the first round last season, but he fell away and finished 7th.
Since the PGA returned, Thomas has played in 5 tournaments and finished in the top 10 in 3 of them, including coming in 2nd at the Workday Charity Open a couple of weeks ago. Thomas now sits as the #3 player in the world, but perhaps more importantly, he is #1 in the FedEx Cup standings heading into this weekend. This is an event that he has not had a ton of joy at in the past, but he has been consistently solid this season, so he can never be counted out.
The Irishman played a lot of golf once the PGA Tour restarted, but he was unable to get back the form that saw his season get off to a blistering start. He took a few weeks off before returning for the Memorial last weekend, where he managed to finish T32. McIlroy is too good of a player to stay in this slump for very long, and this may well be the event where he breaks out and gets back on track. He had a solid showing at the St. Jude last season, finishing tied for 4th. I would take a long hard look at McIlroy here.
When he returned to the PGA after the lockdown, DeChambeau looked like a different player, bulking up and adding some serious muscle. It appears to have helped, as he has been in stunning form since coming back. He missed the cut at the Memorial last weekend, but in the 4 events prior to that, he never finished worse than 8th, while also picking up a win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Last week was a blip on the radar, so look for him to be among the leaders this weekend.