With the Olympics out of the way normal service resumes on the PGA Tour this week. With focus turning from Tokyo to Tennessee we’ve enlisted Steve Palmer to give you his insight into the main contenders at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
We also have a 329/1 treble for this weekend’s golf covering three different events for you to take a look at alongside our main tips below.
WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational course guide and where to watch
Course: TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
Where to watch: Sky Sports Golf from 5:30pm on Thursday
WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational winner prediction: Brooks Koepka
Xander Schauffele gets the chance to show off his golf medal at this week’s WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational – and punters need to judge how much the Olympics exertions in Japan will impact on the competitors who have trekked from Tokyo to Memphis.
There will be some serious jet lag in the system of Schauffele and the 18 others with the same schedule – and they look set to face energy-sapping temperatures of 35C in Memphis throughout the WGC – so preference this week is for those who avoided Olympics duty.
The WGC seems a golden opportunity for Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson to remind everyone of their enormous talents. It was not that long ago that Koepka and Johnson were first and second in the world rankings – the dominant forces in the game – but others have thrown down serious challenges over the last couple of years.
This week’s venue, though, is one where Koepka and Johnson have traditionally thrived – and the dynamic duo can make merry at TPC Southwind yet again. Koepka closed with a 65 to finish sixth in the Open last time out and the Floridian dude appears almost completely over the knee issues which have hampered him this year. He was second in the US PGA, fourth in the US Open and fifth in the Travelers Championship, striking his ball with authority.
This week he tees up at a course where his form figures are 19-3-2-37-30-1-2, so fireworks can be expected.
WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational winner prediction: Dustin Johnson
Johnson won at TPC Southwind on his first visit in 2012, then again by a six-shot margin in the 2018 St Jude Classic. Eighth place in the Open hinted at a return to form for the giant Carolinian and Southwind is the perfect venue for him to kick on. He comes into this tournament as the 18/1 sixth-favourite and he’s worth getting onside ahead of the weekend.
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