St Jude Classic 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Steve Stricker (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner20/1Coral
Brian Gay (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Paddy Power, Coral

Venue

The FedEx St Jude Classic 2017 takes has been staged at the TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee since 1989. The 7,241-yard, par 70 layout is ranked among the toughest on the PGA Tour and features many bunkers and water hazards. The 239-yard par three 14th is notorious for being one of the most difficult short holes on the tour. Daniel Berger claimed his first PGA Tour title here last year and other recent winners include Fabian Gomez and Ben Crane. Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood are among the most prominent former champions.

Favourites

Rickie Fowler has already won the Honda Classic this year and was second at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday. The world number nine is the 8/1 favourite, ahead of Brooks Koepka, who was second here last year and third in 2015. Betfred are offering 14/1 about Koepka, with Adam Scott at the same price with most firms. Francesco Molinari has been playing consistently well, finishing second at Wenworth last month, and the Italian is a 20/1 chance with both Paddy Power and Coral.

Tips

Steve-StrickerSTEVE STRICKER doesn’t play too many events these days, but when he does he is almost always around for the weekend, missing the cut at only one of his last 16 tournaments. His share of 7th place at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational showed that he can still be competitive and he proved it here last year too, finishing alongside Koepka and Phil Mickelson in a share of second place. Paddy Power are offering 50/1, plus 7 places for each-way bets.

Phil-Mickelson-LeftyPHIL MICKELSON has played here in each of the last four years with great success, with his results reading 2-3-11-2. Lefty will not be travelling to Erin Hills for next week’s US Open – deciding to attend his daughter’s high school graduation instead of trying to win the only major he has yet to win. He’s at 16/1 in places this week, but you can get 20/1 with Coral – who are also offering 7 places for each-way bets on this tournament.

Brian-GayBRIAN GAY won this tournament when he was in his pomp in 2009 and returns after finishing sixth here 12 months ago. The 45 year old began this season in 820th place in the world rankings, but top 10s at both the Heritage and the Texas Open have propelled him up nearly 600 places. Just 66/1 with most bookmakers this week, he is one of the more eyecatching each-way outsiders at the 80/1 on offer with both Paddy Power and Coral with those 7 places.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Steve Stricker (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Paddy Power
Phil Mickelson (ew)Tournament Winner20/1Coral
Brian Gay (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Paddy Power, Coral