The FedEx St Jude Championship: Horschel Can Shine Again At Southwind


*) , , (*? (*?) The FedEx St Jude Championship Profil If this tournament seems familiar, it should.

It started as a regular tournament, but it has now reached World Golf Championship status and is the beginning of the FedExCup Playoffs.

It’s disappointing news for WGC. A concept with high expectations, it is now a dry squib. However, this news is good for the tournament.

The field isn’t the one the hosts and sponsors, not to mention the PGA Tour hierarchy would have envisioned when the change in direction was made last year.

LIV golf has had an enormous impact on the circuit. No fewer than four former champions are playing in Greg Norman’s rebel circuit.

It makes for a sad state of affairs, but one of the most vocal supporters of the PGA Tour, Justin Thomas, is also a past champion (in 2020) and he’ll be keen to start the Playoffs in style and then perhaps end the season in perfect fashion.

While the elite will be chasing the win, others will have their eyes on a secondary target because only the top 70 players in the rankings after this week’s action will tee it up in next week’s BMW Championship – and from there only the top 30 will make it to the Tour Championship.

TPC Southwind Course Report

A par-70 played at around 7,300 yards TPC Southwind is not a track that hugely tests the players with length.

Instead, it is the breezes and grass that tend to repair them.

The wind can sometimes be unpredictable and blustery. Bermuda grass on the greens, and Zoysia fairways are grainy Bermuda. This makes it easy to throw the ball high for lies. However, sweepers tend to be more successful than aggressive hitters.

Johnson and Daniel Berger are double winners here. Ancer, Thomas and Koepka are the three last winners of the track.

That suggests that quality rises to the top, but before it was a WGC event, the winners were often a different brand of golfer – those who favor short par-70s, with lots of wind and that tricky grass on the greens.

And, in a certain degree, the success of Thomas, Berger and Ancer support that.

Burns can win again

Sam Burns is an excellent golfer.

In the last year and a bit he has made 32 starts, winning four times while adding another eight top 10 finishes.

His performance in all conditions suggests that he is capable of winning the highest level of the game. However, he also clearly has been favoured by the conditions this week.

Par-70s with small greens? This year, he won the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.

Bermuda grass greens? Two-time Innisbrook Resort champion.

If that suggests that we are playing a bit of a guessing game in trying to work out if he is a good fit this week then think again because 12 months ago he backed up all the theory by making the playoff which Abraham Ancer won.

It’s notable that Burns tends to play a course well and then backs it up on subsequent visits.

Back him at DraftKings: +3500 to win and +300 to make the top 10.

Billy Horschel can shine again at Southwind There was very little evidence that Billy Horschel liked Southwind in his first three visits.

He missed the cut in 2009 and 2011, before only registering T72nd in 2012.

He suddenly understood the requirements to pass the test.

In his last eight starts, he’s only once failed to make the top 25 and has five times ended the week inside the top 10.

It’s also only two months since he won the Memorial Tournament and he went sub-70 in all four rounds last week in the Wyndham Championship.

He also averages one top 10 in the FedExCup Playoffs every year in the last decade.

You can back him at +5000 to win and +450 to finish top 10 at bet365.

Reavie is Ready

Rather than highlight a tournament match bet this week I’m going to take a slightly different angle and suggest a player to make the top 40. This golfer is Chezreavie, who is both in excellent form and has a great course record.

At TPC Southwind the American missed the cut in his first appearance (a bit like Horschel), but he has been excellent ever since, landing six top 30 finishes in a row, including three top sixes in his last four visits.

And his form? He’s missed just two cuts in his last nine starts and has five top 40 finishes in that spell including a victory at the Barracuda Championship.

He’s +120 to land another top 40 this week at BetMGM and that’s worth backing.

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How to Watch The FedEx St Jude Championship

Tournament The FedEx St Jude Championship Location TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee Time Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 14 How to watch Thursday-Friday 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday 1-3 p.m. on Golf Channel, 3-6 p.m. on NBC. Sunday 12-2 p.m. (Golf Channel), 2-6 p.m. (NBC). All four days are on Sky Sports.

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