Best Bets at the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship
The FedEx Cup Playoffs start this week with the FedEx St. Jude Championship. We will see the top 125 golfers on the PGA Tour in the field for this tournament, but Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and Matt Jones will not be teeing off on Thursday after losing their court case. The competition will be fierce as the prize pool for this tournament is $15 million, and only the top 70 golfers will qualify for next week’s BMW Championship will the prize pool is also $15 million.
Daniel Berger would have been one of the favorites at the FedEx St. Jude Championship considering his history at TPC Southwind. Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2016 and 2017, and he finished T2 here in 2020 and T5 here in 2021. Unfortunately, Berger will have to miss this tournament because of a back injury that has plagued him for the last few months.
Event: FedEx St. Jude Championship
Category: PGA Tour
Date: August 11-14, 2022
Location: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
2021: Abraham Ancer -16
2020: Justin Thomas -13
2019: Brooks Koepka -16
2018: Dustin Johnson -19
2017: Daniel Berger -10
TPC Southwind is a par 70 course that is over 7,200 yards. The field has plenty of familiarity with this course as TPC Southwind has been the site of an annual PGA Tour event since 1989. There are lots of places to get into trouble with almost 100 bunkers and 10 water hazards, so this is one of the more difficult courses on the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler are the two favorites to win the FedEx St. Jude Championship. McIlroy and Scheffler are the only two golfers with odds under 18-1 to win this event by the golf betting odds.
Best Bet to Win the Wyndham Championship: Cameron Smith +1800
Cameron Smith has won three tournaments this season. Smith won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January and THE PLAYERS Championship in March prior to his big win at The Open Championship last month. He birdied five straight holes on the back nine to blaze past Rory McIlroy, and he birdied the 18th hole to claim the title.
Smith hasn’t taken part in a tournament since winning his first major, and he has been hit or miss at TPC Southwind. He has a T5 and a T12 finish along with a T59 and a Missed Cut in his four starts on this course. There’s no denying his form though, and he has the short game that should help him thrive at this event.
Value Play to Win the Wyndham Championship: Max Homa +6000
This is a bit of a shot in the dark as Max Homa has not played well at TPC Southwind. He has yet to record a T50 finish in five trips to this course, but this has been the best year of Homa’s career. Homa won the Fortinet Championship and the Wells Fargo Championship, and he has two other T10 finishes. He took last week off ahead of this event and shot three straight sub-70 rounds at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in his last tournament.