The PGA Tour returns next week with the World Golf Championship – FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwinds in Memphis, TN. The Invitational is one of the four annual WGC events. Tournament play begins on Thursday, August 5th, and runs until Sunday, August 8th. It’s time to take a closer look at the upcoming event so you can bet against their PGA Tour odds.
PGA Tour Betting – WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Preview
2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
This event has roughly half the size of a typical PGA Tour event, and there is no cut line after 36 holes of play. Players are invited to the tournament based on a list of credentials that make it an inclusive event.
Justin Thomas is the defending champion after a 3-stroke victory last season over four other competitors. The purse for St. Jude is $10.5 million, with the winner grabbing $1.82 of that total.
This will be the third season for the event in Memphis and St. Jude sponsorship after a 12-year run as the Bridgestone Invitational played in Firestone, OH. However, TPC Southwind has been the host of the annual FedEx St. Jude Classic, formerly titled the Memphis Open, since 1989.
The course was opened 33-years ago in 1988 and was designed by Ron Prichard with consultation from tour pros Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller.
News and Notes
John Rahm withdrew from the event before he headed to Tokyo for the Olympics. How that Rahm had to withdraw from the Olympics due to a positive COVID test, it is not clear if the World No. 1 will recommit to playing in Memphis or not.
Even if Rahm does not play, the tournament got commitments early in this week from three players, Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott, and Ian Poulter, all ranked in the top-50 in the world. They join three players from the top-5, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, and Dustin Johnson, already committed to the event.
Rahm will be the only recent major winner not participating in the event next. Morikawa, Phil Mickelson, and Hideki Matsuyama each will be in Memphis. The field won’t be as strong as it typically is with players participating in the Olympics not making the trip back to the states due to the extensive travel.
While odds typically are not posted until the event field is completed, we have some players to target next week in Memphis. The first two winners of this event at this course were Brooks Koepka (-16) in 2019 and Thomas (-13) last season.
Koepka will be a betting favorite and solid choice as a potential champion with a victory and T2 at this event this last two seasons. The 31-year old seems to always play with some extra motivation in these events, so don’t be surprised if, on Sunday afternoon, the bomber is in contention on the back nine.
A dark horse candidate to target once the odds are posted is Billy Horschel. The 34-year old University of Florida grad has performed well in WGC events over his career.
Horschel finished T2 at the WGC-Workday earlier this season before winning the WGC-Match Play in March. He finished T9 here in 2019 and followed that finish up with a T25 last season.
Other names to write down to see where their betting odds fall include recent Open Champion Collin Morikawa, Norway’s Viktor Hovland (T59 in 2020), and Daniel Berger (T2 in 2020).