The FedEx St Jude Classic has been staged at the TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee since 1989 and has been won in each of the last two years by Daniel Berger, who returns in a bid to become the first man to win the same event three years running since Steve Stricker in 2011. The 7,241-yard, par 70 layout is ranked among the toughest on the PGA Tour and features many bunkers and water hazards, while the 239-yard par three 14th is notorious for being one of the most difficult short holes on the tour. Other recent winners include Fabian Gomez and Ben Crane, with Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood among the most prominent former champions. Read on for our PGA Golf tips:
The FedEx St Jude Classic Favourites
Dustin Johnson, the winner of this event back in 2012, leads the betting for the 2018 edition at best odds of 7/1* with Bet365 and Ladbrokes. Brooks Koepka was forced to take almost four months out of his schedule earlier in the year to allow a wrist injury to heal, but he was runner-up in Fort Worth last week and has a great record here, including finishing second two years ago. The US Open champion is the 11/1* second favourite with Paddy Power, ahead of Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson, who can each be backed at 16s. Berger is 28/1* with Bet365 to complete a rare hat-trick of victories, with Adam Scott alongside him with the same firm.
The FedEx St Jude Classic PGA Golf Tips
Byeong Hun-An has been getting better and better in recent weeks and the world number 56 from South Korea was runner-up at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, where he lost in a play-off to Bryson DeChambeau after posting four sub-70 rounds. It was the fourth time he has finished seventh or higher in 2018 and he looks a decent bet at odds of 33/1* with Ladbrokes or Coral.
This isn’t one of the strongest fields of the season and beyond the leading names there aren’t too many players with a great record here, but there are one or two who have been playing well in recent weeks. Among them is Peter Uihlein, who has finished fifth on two of his last three starts. His tie for fifth at the Memorial Tournament took him into the world’s top 50 for the first time and that confidence boost makes him worthy of interest at 40/1* with Bet365.
Joaquin Niemann only turned professional in April, but having been the number one ranked amateur in the world for the best part of 12 months the 19-year-old from Chile has adapted quickly to his new status. His tie for sixth place at the Memorial Tournament last weekend was his third top 10 in just five starts on the PGA Tour, results that have lifted him 1300 places up the world rankings. He certainly has a bright future and our PGA Golf Tips would recommend backing him at 40/1* with Ladbrokes and Coral here.
*All odds subject to change.