66 golfers will tee it up this week at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. 48 of the 50 ranked golfers are in attendance, with world No. 1 Jon Rahm and the 48th-ranked golfer Christiaan Bezuidenhout not playing. TPC Southwind has hosted a PGA TOUR tournament for the previous 30 years, but it’s only been two years as a WGC event. Brooks Koepka (+1200) and Justin Thomas (+1800) are the last two winners in Memphis.
The average odds between Koepka and Thomas were +1150. The previous four WGC stroke play event winners had an average world ranking of 5.75 heading into the tournament; these are the spots where you want to stay at the top of the world ranking list and limit the number of longshots who are lower ranked than their counterparts.
Here are the bets we should be considering this week on DraftKings Sportsbook.
Before the 3M MC, Johnson played well, gaining an average of 2.7 strokes Tee-to-Green over his previous five tournaments. Johnson hasn’t had great finishes at recent WGCs, but he finished in eighth place at The Open Championship and finished no worse than 25th in his last four starts before the 3M. The second-ranked golfer in the world ranks ninth in birdies or better gained over the previous 50 rounds and undoubtedly has the upside to do well, with five wins and two runners-up at WGCs in his career.
As mentioned in the preview article, Scheffler is trending towards a win with how well he’s playing. His WGC finishes have progressively gotten better since turning pro, with a 15th here last season and a top 5 at Concession earlier this year. This season, with three top-8s in Majors and a top 25 ranking in SG: Ball-Striking over the previous 24 rounds, Scottie could ink the first win of his short career.
Garcia’s ball-striking has been amazing and needs to be a consideration at his number. Yes, his putting has been terrible, but Sergio’s never been a great putter in his career, and he’s been successful. His most recent win came off a nine-tournament streak of losing strokes on the greens. Over the previous 24 rounds, Garcia ranks third in ball-striking and seventh in SG: Tee-to-Green. Also, look at Tyrrell Hatton (+5500), who currently ranks 13th in the world. He missed the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship cut, but finished T2 at the Palmetto Championship not too long ago. Hatton ranks ninth in SG: Tee-to-Green over the previous 24 rounds and could be in line for a rebound week after his poor showings at the last two Majors.
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