St Jude Classic 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ryan Palmer (ew)Tournament Winner20/1Paddy Power
Colt Knost (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Betfred

Venue

This tournament has been staged at the TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee since 1989. The 7,241-yard, par 70 layout is among the toughest on the PGA Tour and features many bunkers and water hazards, with the course winding through lakes, streams and ponds. The 239-yard par three 14th is notorious for being one of the most difficult short holes on the tour, while the 11th is similar to the 17th at Sawgrass, requiring a short iron shot over water to an island green. Fabian Gomez was the surprise winner of last year’s event, finishing 4 shots clear of the field, and the Argentinian can be backed at 125/1 with Betfair this week, while other recent winners include Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Harris English.

Favourites

Having finished just a shot off the pace at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, Dustin Johnson is the clear market leader at Southwind, at a best price of 13/2 with Paddy Power, who are offering 7 places for each-way bets. Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson are both available at 14/1, while Ryan Palmer is at best odds of 20/1 with Paddy Power, having finished third at the recent Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Gary Woodland, the 2013 champion English and Daniel Berger are also fancied to go well.

Tips

Ryan PalmerRYAN PALMER has been playing consistently well this season and at that 20/1 with 7 each-way places, he is the first of our three picks. Palmer has missed the cut at only one of his last 14 events and as well as finishing third at the Dean & DeLuca, he was fourth at the Texas Open at the back end of April. Last year in this tournament Palmer recorded an opening round of 64 and so he certainly knows how to go low here at Southwind.

COLT-KNOSTWe tipped COLT KNOST at the Bryon Nelson recently, following on from his fine performance in finishing third at the Players Championship, and he didn’t let us down, placing fourth. Whilst it’s true that the 11th here could give him nightmares after his Saturday disaster on the 17th at Sawgrass, it’s also worth pointing out that he was just outside the top 10 here last year. We suggest snapping up the 40/1 each-way, with those 7 places.

Daniel-BergerAt the beginning of the year we mentioned DANIEL BERGER‘s obvious promise and while he failed to make an impression at the Memorial Tournament which finished on Sunday, that came on the back of a string of good performances, not least his 10th place at Augusta and another top 10 at the Players. If he can perform when the very best players are out in force, he can certainly thrive when the field is not so strong, so take the 25/1.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ryan Palmer (ew)Tournament Winner20/1Paddy Power
Colt Knost (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Paddy Power
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner25/1Betfred