With the 2018 St Jude Classic going down live on Thursday from TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, now is a perfect time to offer up some expert insight into the golfers that are offering the best betting value heading into a tournament that is now over six decades old and serves as the final tune-up before the annual U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson is the favorite at 6-1, followed closely by Brooks Koepka (9-1) and ‘Lefty’ Phil Mickelson.
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What: The 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic
When: Thursday, June 7, 2018, at 1:00 pm (TPC Southwind)
TV: PGA, CBS
Before we get started, it was Bryson DeChambeau who wound up in the winner’s circle at last week’s Memorial tournament after he won a three-way playoff over Byeong-Hun An and Kyle Stanley.
As far as the St. Jude Classic is concerned, Daniel Berger is the two-time reigning champ after bagging the 2016 and 2017 hardware. Prior to that, Fabian Gonzalez won in 2015, Ben Crane in 2014, Harris English in 2013 and Dustin Johnson in 2012.
Now, let’s take a look at the odds and some of my top three picks to win this year’s St. Jude Classic title.
Odds to Win 2018 St. Jude Classic
Dustin Johnson 6-1
Brooks Koepka 9-1
Phil Mickelson 14-1
Henrik Stenson 16-1
Daniel Berger 25-1
Charl Schwartzel 25-1
Byeong Hun-An 25-1
Tony Finau 25-1
Adam Scott 25-1
Billy Horschel 25-1
Joaquin Niemann 33-1
Keegan Bradley 33-1
Peter Uihlein 33-1
Steve Stricker 40-1
Charles Howell III 40-1
Daniel Berger, now ranked 85th on the PGA Tour, is a good pick, if for no other reason than he’s won back-to-back titles here. The 25-year-old Florida native is not really playing well this year even though he’s missed the cut just once in his last 14 events. He finished 57th at The Players Championship, 55th at the Wells Fargo Championship and missed the cut at the Zürich Classic in April. Still, Berger has a chance to join Dave Hill and Lee Trevino as the only golfers to win this event at least three times and his past history says he’s worthy of a wager at the very least.
Not only did Johnson win this event back in 2012, but he looked pretty solid in finishing T-8 in The Memorial last weekend and inside the top 20 in each of his last nine PGA Tour events. Johnson is probably due for a win too, seeing as how he hasn’t won an event since he claimed the 2018 title at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.
You know, it’s funny for a guy that has won a major like Adam Scott did in winning The Masters back in 2013, you sure don’t hear a lot about him these days. Scott, however, has been playing some decent, if not outstanding golf this year. He finished 35th at The Memorial last weekend after finishing 55th at the Fort Worth Invitational. However, prior to his last two events, Scott finished ninth at the Byron Nelson Classic on May 20 and 11th at The Players Championship two weeks prior to that. Since the start of the new calendar year, Scott has a quartet of Top 20 finishes and again, two in his last four tournaments overall. At 25-1 odds, I can see him pulling off the ‘upset’ to record his first win on the PGA Tour since claiming the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March of 2016.
PGA Tour: FedEx St Jude Classic betting lines are available at YouWager.eu
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