WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational : By The Daily Memphian Staff Updated Scott Saunders of Madison, Ala., takes a nap while waiting for golfers to pass by during a day of practice rounds at the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Some
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
July 25 – 28, 2019
TPC Southwind – Memphis, TN
Par- 70, Yards- 7237
Purse : $10,250,000
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Scott Saunders of Madison, Ala., takes a nap while waiting for golfers to pass by during a day of practice rounds at the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Some of the biggest names in golf were out to get a feel for the course and conditions before the start of tournament play on Thursday.GolfDigest.com
It’s a sad time of year on the golf calendar, a time where it feels like there is almost nothing left on the 2018-’19 schedule that matters. In previous years, after the high of the Open Championship wore off, we still had the PGA Championship to round out the summer. Now, with the new schedule, the Open is the final major of the year, as it should be. But having no real major golf event in August will be a strange feeling.
Coming off a wild week in Northern Ireland, our experts are back with more picks this week, which just like every week, includes a PGA Tour caddie offering insight from the range and putting green at TPC Southwind, thanks to our partnership with The Caddie Network; handicapping advice from The Action Network, which is becoming the leader in sports betting and handicapping analysis, and it’s growing its presence in golf; two of the most respected experts in the daily-fantasy community, Pat Mayo of DraftKings and Brandon Gdula of FanDuel; and Columbia University senior lecturer and Ph.D. Lou Riccio, who uses predictive analysis and modeling to forecast winners in golf.
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PGA Tour Caddie Guest Picker of the Week: Patrick Cantlay (20-1) — This golf course rewards people who drive the ball well, so I’ll go with Patrick Cantlay. TPC Southwind is totally a first-shot golf course. Being a bomber helps. Cantlay is up there. If you’re basing picking a favorite on stats this week, he’d have to be in the top three. He’s first on tour in scoring average; second in strokes gained: total; fourth in strokes gained: tee to green; second on tour in scrambling. The list goes on. For all those reasons, I like Cantlay. It’s a perfect set up for him. And if he doesn’t win, I’ll guarantee a cut made for him and everyone else I pick this week! (The field in Memphis is 63, so there is no cut.
Pat Mayo, DraftKings/Fantasy National analyst: Hideki Matsuyama (25-1) — Matsuyama does his best work at no-cut set ups. He’s already won two WGCs in his career, and seriously, he’s been the best player on tour this year without a win. And we’re running out of events. Per FantasyNational.com, Deki enters Memphis with 20 consecutive measured events gaining strokes with his irons, and while he’s historically an awful putter, he’s gained on the greens in six starts in a row. It’s time.
Brandon Gdula, FanDuel/numberFire editor: Xander Schauffele (25-1) — Schauffele has the no-cut angle in his favor this week, and via FantasyNational, three of his six best PGA Tour performances by strokes gained came at such events, including two wins. He has also tanked at the 2018 Bridgestone and the 2017 CJ Cup, but the all-or-nothing volatility certainly has value for a win-or-bust bet.
Dr. Lou Riccio, Columbia University: Jordan Spieth (35-1) — As awful as the three-time major has been off the tee and with his irons, my model still gives him the best chance to win this week. He’s one of the very few who can mask both those glaring holes in his game both on and around the greens, and now is as good a time as ever to try to capitalize on a Spieth win when he’s still at a price like 35-
Golf Digest editors: Dustin Johnson (11-1) — At the rate Dustin wins WGCs, there’s a good chance he thinks those are the majors and not the other way around. Ok, we kid, we kid. Tired “DJ is dumb” jokes aside (he’s most certainly not), this is the only guy I feel comfortable backing this week after most of the field was just in Northern Ireland, DJ included. If there’s anywhere he can just show up and win, it’s at TPC Southwind, where he’s won twice already in his career. Slap a WGC in front of FedEx St. Jude and you might as well hand him the trophy
(Results on the season: We’ve correctly predicted seven of the season’s 32 events—Brandon Gdula hit Rory McIlroy (9-1) at the Canadian Open, and our Golf Digest Editors predicted Patrick Cantlay (16-1) the previous week at the Memorial. Pat Mayo has correctly picked Bryson DeChambeau (12-1, Shriners); Matt Kuchar (60-1 at the OHL Classic) and Phil Mickelson (25-1 at Pebble Beach). Lou Riccio called Rickie Fowler’s win (16-1) in Phoenix and had a runner-up (Dustin Johnson) at the PGA. And our Golf Digest editors also correctly picked Kevin Tway (55-1, Safeway Open) earlier in the season.