A great course for all sorts of players, Graeme McDowell is ready to hit form at the FedEx at St Jude and head to the second major with a win. It’s a strange week for Golf in the US with most concentrating on the upcoming US Open at Oakmont, with the top players either making the most of time to rest or getting some practice rounds in for the following week. There are still plenty who are in Memphis vying for the big purse on offer.
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Brooks Koepka his one of these new brand of big hitters and he also has a nice touch around the greens. There’s been plenty of rain in Memphis so the bombers may have an advantage in terms of getting the most yardage, but he has a lot more to his game than that and has played well at this course a couple of times in his short career. Dustin Johnson fills the favorite tag but he just can’t seem to get it done anymore, and his fellow big hitter can make his mark on the St Jude.
I really like the chances of Graeme McDowell this week. He found his game again after admitting Golf wasn’t his main focus once he became a father. He has a lot going for him this week including winning on similar courses and stating that he loves the course set up, where it’s similar to European and Asian courses that he performed well in over the years. It needs an accurate tee to green player with bermuda grass on most run offs and G-Mac ticks the boxes. He’s played slightly better with confidence growing in his game, and his main motivation is the Ryder Cup later in the year, where winning a PGA title will catapult him in to the captains thoughts.
Another big outsider who in my opinion is priced too high is course specialist Chad Campbell. He’s finished extremely well in the last two PGA tour events coming 10th and 12th in very good fields with the top guys playing. He’s very much a streak player and seeing his form in the last month a bet on him is well worth it. Adding to recent play, he’s finished in the top 10 twice in the last four years with an 8th and tied 3rd, so all signs point to a big display from the 42 year old Texas man.
Lastly I’m having a small bet on Welshman Jamie Donaldson springing a surprise for the Europeans. He had a horrific accident at the end of last year with a chain saw and is finally finding form after that set back. He played well in the Irish Open and always enjoys his trips across the pond. This course should suit his game as he’s another accurate tee to green player, and he’ll also be desperate to join the Ryder Cup team after his heroics a couple of years ago. A win or top 10 here will put himself back in to contention.
Advised Bets (10 points in total)
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