Player$ to Watch
Dustin Johnson (+900) – Unless you are an abject contrarian, Dustin Johnson has to be featured on the short list of potential winners at this year’s FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Johnson is not only the defending champion, having won last year’s tournament with a 19 under par and six strokes better than runner-up Andrew Putnam, but now that the FedEx St. Jude Invitational is a WGC event, he could add his seventh such title to his mantle. All things considered, the St. Jude Invitational odds of 9-1 on DJ could be considered rather generous in a tournament of 64 players with no cuts.
Brooks Koepka (+1000) – With apologies to Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka strikes us as a savvy, yet chalky, pick this week. Koepka took fourth at The Open and is known for upping his game at the big money and high prestige events. The St. Jude Invitational, now a WGC event, would classify as such an event and could see Koepka in the thick of it after finishing second at the U.S. Open in June, as well as runner-up in April at the Masters.
Justin Thomas (+1400) – Thomas won the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio but now that the WGC designation belongs to the St. Jude Invitational, he will be defending his championship in Memphis. The 26-year-old shot a combined four-round score of 265, 15 strokes under par, to best Kyle Stanley by four strokes a year ago. Last week he tied for 11th at the British Open and has won five of his nine PGA Tour events in no cut tourneys. If he can remediate his putting woes as of late, Thomas could pay off nicely in your St. Jude Invitational picks at 14-1.
Bryson DeChambeau (+2800) – The 25-year-old California native struggled at the British last week, failing to make the cut for the second time in three tries at The Open. However, his previous outing saw him take second place at the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities, losing by just one stroke to newly minted pro, Matthew Wolff. If DeChambeau can gather his game on the green, the long game will take care of itself.
Hideki Matsuyama (+3300) – The winner of five PGA Tour events, including the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, will be looking for a bit of redemption after failing to make the cut at the British. It was the first time in a calendar year that the Japanese import had been left on the sidelines during weekend play and the second missed cut in a row at The Open. Matsuyama may have had his struggles at Portrush last week but overall his putting, often considered the weak link of his game, has been consistently better as of late and the Bermuda grass at Southwind should maintain that groove.