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[ALL] Jun 7, 2018

PGA Betting Preview: FedEx St. Jude Classic

By Gracenote

This week marks the 30th straight time that TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee has played host to The FedEx St. Jude Classic and the 11th year in a row that it has served as the final tune up for The U.S. Open. The tournament hasn't ever been a massively star-studded draw, but this year the field feels particularly diluted. Only nine players ranked in the Top 50 in the world will tee it up here this week.

What's ironic however, is that the golf course is very good and players love it. The course is extremely fair and rewards good shot-making but will make you work when you miss a fairway or a green.

Ron Prichard designed the golf course and called upon Major Champions, Fuzzy Zoeller and Hubert Green for player consultation. Neither Driving Distance or Driving Accuracy has proved to be especially crucial in terms of success at this tournament. And this is part of the beauty of TPC Southwind as both bombers and short knockers can get around this golf course without either one having a distinct advantage over the other.

The Favourites

Dustin Johnson won here in 2012 in his first ever trip to the tournament. He is number one on Tour in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and hasn't finished worse than 17th in a stroke play event since September of 2017.

After sitting out the first half of the golf season with a wrist injury, Brooks Koepka has returned in a big way, finishing 11th at The Players Championship and 2nd at Colonial.

The Contenders

This is Tony Finau's first time ever playing The FedEx St. Jude Classic but the tournament has not been shy about crowning first timers. He is 18th in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green and 2nd on Tour in Driving Distance.

Daniel Berger is a two-time defending champion and will be trying to make it three straight wins in the same tour event for the first time since Steve Stricker did it at The John Deere Classic in 2009 through 2011.

The Long Shot

After a few years of playing on The European Tour, Peter Uihlein has committed full time to The PGA Tour and has rocketed up the world rankings to number 48 with a 5th place finish at The Wells Fargo and another 5th last week at The Memorial.
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