Expert Picks: FedEx St. Jude Classic
The FedEx St. Jude Classic is the last PGA TOUR event before the seasons second major the US Open. Last year saw Ben Crane win his 5th PGA TOUR title at TPC Southwind. The field is headed by Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson all looking to get some last minute preparations for next week’s US Open.
Of the 156 players total, 79 have won a PGA TOUR event, 15 have won a Major, and combined they have 284 Tour wins.
Dustin Johnson is the highest ranked player in the field this week, and it’s obvious to see why! In 12 starts on tour, Johnson has recorded 6 top-10’s including a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. Johnson leads the PGA TOUR in driving distance, and 3rd for putting average. Last week Johnson finished T-13th at the Memorial, and finished 24th at last year’s edition of the St Jude Classic. Currently ranked No.7 in the world, DJ is short value at 5/1 to capture his second PGA TOUR title of the year
Harris English is having relatively quiet year on the PGA TOUR, having only recorded 3 top-10’s in 18 starts. His best finish of the season came in a playoff loss to Jason Day at the Farmers Championship back in January. English, a two time winner on the PGA TOUR won his first title here back in 2013 beating Phil Michelson by two strokes. English current ranks 10th on tour for scoring average, and 4th in this field. Currently ranked No.35 in the FedEx Cup standings, English is decent value at 22/1
Webb Simpson is having a solid year on the PGA TOUR having recorded 4 top-10’s in 12 starts, including a T-2nd finish in his last start at Wells Fargo Championship. At last year’s edition of the St Jude Classic Simpson finished T-3rd, two strokes behind winner Ben Crane. Simpson ranks 3rd on all around ranking on tour, and 4th on strokes gained tee-green. Simpson is currently paying 18/1, decent odds for a 4-time PGA TOUR champion.
Reigning FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel isn’t having the greatest of years to date, having only recorded one top-10 finishes in 18 starts. Horschel has shown signs of improvements in his last couple of starts finishing T-13th at the Players, and T-11th at Memorial last week. Despite a lack of top 10 finishes, Horschel still ranks 7th for ball striking and 8th on total driving. Having finished T-6th here last year, Horschel enters this week paying 16/1 to take the title.