WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational Preview & Betting Odds
2019 will be the first time the new World Golf Championship FedEx St. Jude Invitational will take place at the TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. The tournament used to be known as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and was hosted at the Firestone Country Club in Ohio, but that changed once FedEx took ownership of the sponsorship.
The event is one of the four World Golf Championships.
When Will the 2019 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational be Played?
The tournament will be played from Thursday, July 25 until Sunday, July 28. The St. Jude Invitational comes after all the four golf majors have been already played. It’s one of the best golf events remaining and third of the World Golf Championships in 2019.
The TPC Southwind golf course in Memphis, Tennessee opened in 1988 and is part of the Tournament Players Club network that is run by the PGA Tour. The course is a par 70.
Who are the favorites to win the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational?
Regarding the betting favorites, the market has moved quickly after the display of many of the big names in last week’s British Open. The organization of the 2019 FedEx St. Jude Invitational revealed 46 of the top 50 players in the World Golf ranking who will be participating in the tournament. The four players that did not commit to playing in Memphis were Tiger Woods (#5), Francesco Molinari (#7), Rickie Fowler (#14), and Bernd Wiesberger (#40).
The oddsmakers have rated a list with the betting favorites to win the 2019 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. It all starts with a former champ.
Dustin Johnson +800
Dustin Johnson won this tournament back in 2016 with -6 strokes to par and with a one-stroke difference from the second-place, Scott Piercy, who shot -5. Johnson’s -6 is the lowest score card registered since 2005 when Tiger Woods also won with the same result. (Woods holds the record with 21 under par recorded in 2000.)
Johnson is coming off a not so great performance in The Open Championship from last week, where he earned a 51st place. Last year he finished with a third place at the Invitational which was a solid showing. But Dustin, along the rest of the players, will have a new course to dominate from now on at this tournament. The +800 odds give him an 11% of implied probability to win the St. Jude Invitational.
Brooks Koepka +900
Arguably the best American player of the world right now, Brooks Koepka, would love to earn his first St. Jude Invitational title after he couldn’t finish on top at The Open. Koepka ended tied in fourth place, and he had the second-best performance from the American players after the champ J. B. Holmes.
Koepka’s best performance at the St. Jude Invitational was last years’ fifth place. With a new course and all the players starting on a leveled playing file, Koepka is perhaps the favorite. Consider he has been outstanding in the last two years on any tournament. At +900, a bet over Koepka has a 10% implied probability of winning.
Rory McIlroy +1000
It’s fair to say Rory had an awful week a the British Open. He was listed at the favorite to win The Open at home and ended up missing the cut with other big names like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. McIlroy’s year has been an OK one. Two top-ten inside the PGA Championship and the US Open are hard to criticize. Even, the 21st spot at the Masters is a good one, but missing the cut at The Open was inexcusable.
Rory has won the St. Jude Invitational once, back in 2014. He finished in fifth place in 2017 and sixth place in 2018. A week after missing the cut badly at the British Open, this tournament is the perfect opportunity to bounce back for him. McIlroy’s +1000 odds to win have a 9% implied probability.
Jon Rahm +1200
The Spanish come in with the fourth-most favorable odds to win the 2019 St. Jude Invitational. He had a very decent showing at The Open last week, ending tied at the 11th place, but he’s yet to make a real spark in a major. Rahm has played at the Invitational just twice on his young career, finishing 28th in 2017 and 17th in 2018.
Jon Rahm’s +1200 odds to win this tournament have an 8°% of implied probability of winning.
Justin Thomas +1800
The current St. Jude Invitational champ is not getting the respect he might think he deserves. Thomas won last year with a -15 scorecard with a four strokes margin of victory, in one of the best performances in recent years. But in 2018 he was on another level, playing its best golf. A year later, the story is not quite the same.
Thomas came in 11th place at the US Open and didn’t play the PGA Championship. His best performance in a major this year was at The Open, so he may be interested in trying to win the Invitational two years in a row.
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What is the purse for the 2019 WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational?
The purse for the entire money prize has been increasing $250,000 every year, and 2019 is no exception. Last year the prize money was at $10,000,000 for the whole tournament and in 2019 is at $10,250,000.
When Justin Thomas took the trophy home, he also cashed a $1,700,000 check for ending on top. The winner of the 2019 World Golf Championship FedEx St. Jude Invitational will earn $1,745,000.
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