WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Preview

With the first major tournament of the year next week, we have the final tune up for players to prepare for the most anticipated major tournament in recent memory. The pandemic has made the PGA Championship wildly talked about and people are wondering how players will respond to playing in the first major of the season this late into the summer.

The beautiful part about this weekend is that in anticipation of the PGA Championship the field for the St. Jude Invitational is absolutely stacked with 78 golfers and has all of the biggest names in golf, except for Tiger Woods. The worst thing for Tiger was to make the cut last week, the conditions were awful at the Memorial and Tiger was never in contention, he limped through a lack luster round and was forced to exert a ton of energy. He is sitting out this tournament and he will now have to attempt to gear it up for the PGA Championship that will be played at TPC Harding Park in San Fransisco, California.

Knock on wood, we are going to be filled with sports this weekend, we should have NHL qualifying, NBA playoffs, MLB regular season and this golf tournament all being played at the same time, it really does not get much better than that. Before I get in depth with my picks for the weekend, here are the current odds on all players to win the tournament:

(via William Hill)

Jon Rahm 11-1
Rory McIlroy 11-1
Bryson DeChambeau 12-1
Justin Thomas 12-1
Patrick Cantlay 20-1
Webb Simpson 22-1
Xander Schauffele 22-1
Collin Morikawa 25-1
Viktor Hovland 25-1
Tyrell Hatton 28-1
Daniel Berger 28-1
Dustin Johnson 28-1
Tommy Fleetwood 30-1
Hideki Matsuyama 30-1
Brooks Koepka 33-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35-1
Tony Finau 35-1
Patrick Reed 35-1
Jason Day 40-1
Jordan Spieth 45-1
Billy Horschel 45-1
Rickie Fowler 45-1
Gary Woodland 45-1
Abraham Ancer 55-1
Marc Leishman 60-1
Sergio Garcia 60-1
Matt Kuchar 70-1
Joaquin Niemann 80-1
Adam Hadwin 80-1
Matthew Wolff 80-1
Sung-Jae Im 80-1
Ian Poulter 80-1
Henrik Stenson 80-1
Kevin Streelman 80-1
Danny Willett 90-1
Corey Conners 100-1
Matt Wallace 100-1
Paul Casey 100-1
Bubba Watson 100-1
Phil Mickelson 100-1
Brendon Todd 100-1
Scottie Scheffler 100-1
Kevin Na 100-1
Louis Oosthizen 125-1
Michael Thompson 125-1
Max Home 125-1
Rafa Carera Bello 125-1
Brandt Snedeker 125-1
Chez Reavie 125-1
Ryan Palmer 125-1
Kevin Kisner 125-1
Bernd Wiesberger 125-1
Erik Van Rooyen 125-1
Joey Dahmen 150-1
Byeong Hun An 150-1
Cameron Champ 150-1
Mackenzie Hughes 150-1
Shane Lowry 150-1
J.T. Poston 150-1
Keegan Bradley 150-1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 150-1
Robert MacIntyre 150-1
Tom Lewis 200-1
Cameron Smith 200-1
Jason Kokrak 200-1
Nick Taylor 250-1
Graeme McDowell 250-1
Matt Jones 250-1
Shaun Norris 300-1
Jazz Janewattananond 300-1
Victor Perez 300-1
Sung-Hoon Kang 300-1
C.T. Pan 300-1
Lucas Herbert 300-1
Hao-Tong Li 300-1
Andrew Landry 300-1
Sebastian Soderberg 300-1
Tyler Duncan 300-1

Okay, as you can see this field is packed with golfers who are in their prime or golfers who have won multiple majors. It’s a tough field to pick from but I am going to give you my top ten and then I have two giant long-shots who I would pick to finish in the top ten. Any of the golfers that I list would be a good bet to finish in the top ten:

10. Ryan Palmer 125-1
9. Kevin Kisner 125-1
8. John Rahm 11-1
7. Phil Mickelson 100-1
6. Patrick Reed 35-1
5. Ian Poulter 80-1
4. Tommy Fleetwood 30-1
3. Sergio Garcia 60-1
2. Brooks Koepka 33-1
1. Tony Finau 35-1

There you have it, look at that list and I would be supportive of any of those picks for a top-ten bet. I really like Rahm, Garcia and Finau if I had to narrow it down to a handful of guys to take in a top 10 group. I have four guys who I would look at for a value bet, especially if you want to bet someone straight up to win.
– Kevin Streelman 80/1
– Danny Willett 90/1
– Keegan Bradley 150/1
– Mackenzie Hughes 150/1

This weekend is going to be juiced with sports, this is what we have waited for, lets cross our fingers that there is not a complete disastrous wave that wipes out the rest of the MLB and we get four of the major sports ready to roll all on the same day.