Harris English is a top tip for the Fed Ex St Jude Classic
- 07 Jun 2016
2016 FedEx St Jude Classic Betting Preview
The FedEx St Jude Classic is the final chance for the PGA Tour's finest to hone their skills ahead of next week's US Open and there is a strong field in attendance in Memphis, Tennessee. The likes of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are set to tee up at the 7,244 yard TPC Southwind, where scrambling and greens in regulation are the statistics to look out for...
|9th June - 12th June||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
FedEx St Jude Classic
| Harris English (each way)
|@ 25 / 1|
|Charles Howell III (each way)||@ 50 / 1|
|Graeme McDowell (each way)||@ 66 / 1|
|Camilo Villegas (each way)||@ 125 / 1|
|Camilo Villegas Top-20 Finish||@ 5 / 1|
This is a tournament that will give players plenty of chance to practice their scrambling before heading to Oakmont for the US Open and Dustin Johnson heads here as a 7/1 favourite. The 2012 St Jude champion is the highest ranked player in the field and he has been in fine form during 2016 as his T3 at The Memorial on Sunday was his sixth top-five effort of the year, although he is still searching for a first victory since 2013.
Phil Mickelson will be keeping Johnson honest at the head of the market as the six-time US Open runner-up is also looking to end a three year drought after winning his last title at the 2013 British Open. 'Lefty' has gone 2-11-3 in his last three at Southwind and is a 14/1 shot off the back of his T20 at The Memorial.
Brooks Koepka is also a 14/1 chance after narrowly missing out in a play-off at the AT&T Byron Nelson and he seems to have a decent grasp of Southwind after finishing T19 in 2014 and T3 last year.
Meanwhile, Ryan Palmer (16/1) tied 3rd at Colonial recently and will be looking to enhance figures of 3-4-32-22 at TPC Southwind.
English Is A Best Bet
It is Harris English who tops our betting shortlist for the week though as the 2013 St Jude winner can be backed at a tempting 25/1. He actually boasts an impressive scoring average of 68.90 at this venue and he should be well refreshed after taking a week off following a fine runner-up effort to Jordan Spieth at the Dean and De Luca Invitational, where he did little wrong. It was English's third top-ten of the year and he can add to that tally this week.
Tip #1: Harris English (each way) @ 25/1 with Bet 365.
The Best Of The Rest
Meanwhile, this is a real tactician's course and we fancy Charles Howelll III could be worth an each-way look at 50/1. The American, who ranks 30th on the PGA Tour for both scrambling and GIR, has been so consistent again during 2016 as he has racked up nine top-25 finishes, including his recent T4 at the Byron Nelson. Howell closed The Memorial with a 69 on Sunday and he can take confidence from his T3 from the 2011 edition of the St Jude Classic.
Tip #2: Charles Howell III (each way) @ 50/1 with Bet Victor.
This is also a venue that should suit the game of Graeme McDowell, who appears to have been building nicely back to form during the last twelve months or so. The carrot of making the European Ryder Cup team automatically is dangling in front of him at this stage, albeit he needs to start contending at the back end of tournaments quickly, and we fancy him to produce a strong showing in Memphis, where he T7 in 2009 and T24 in 2014.
Tip #3: Graeme McDowell (each way) @ 66/1 with Boylesports.
The Long Shot
Finally, this is a track that clearly suits Camilo Villegas too and he is worth a shot at 125/1. The Colombian has finished in the top-30 in eight of his ten appearances at TPC Southwind, missing the cut only once, and he has finished inside the top-20 in each of his last three there. Furthermore, he has three top-ten finishes to his name in Memphis overall and is 5/1 for a top-20 finish with Bet Victor.
Tip #4: Camilo Villegas (each way) @ 125/1 with Betfred.
Tip #5: Camilo Villegas top-20 finish @ 5/1 with Bet Victor.