FedEx St Jude Championship Tips & Preview

WGC Fedex St Jude Invitational betting tips
WGC Fedex St Jude Invitational betting tips

2019 marked the first edition of the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational which replaced the much loved WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

The rebranded FedEx St Jude Classic debuted in May 1958 as the Memphis Open and is played annually in Memphis, Tennessee. TPC Southwind has served as tournament host since 1989.

Since 2007, the FedEx St Jude Classic preceded the US Open. However, with the tournament’s new elevated status, it becomes a ‘marquee-event‘ on the Tour calendar and now attracts the very best golf professionals from around the world.

Course Overview

TPC Southwind stands out as one of the more grueling tee-to-green tests on the PGA Tour schedule. It is a 7,200+ yard Par 70 that was designed by Ron Prichard with Hubert Green and Fuzzy Zoeller as player consultants. Each of the holes was meticulously crafted to balance ‘play-ability‘ with strategy.

The course was remodeled in 2004 with new bunkering, additional trees planted, fairways re-contoured and narrowed and over 200 yards added in length. The Par 5 fifth was converted to a Par 4 reducing the overall par to 70. Water is in play on 10 holes and half the holes are dog-legs.

TPC Southwind continually ranks as one of the most challenging tracks for both Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation. Greens are smaller than the Tour standard and are undulating which translates into smaller target areas and tricky pin positions.

Players will miss greens and an important statistic to look at this week is Scrambling and Bogey Avoidance. It stands out as a track than should suit the experienced and patient professional.

2020 WGC FedEX St Jude Invitational | Justin Thomas

Last year, Justin Thomas carded a final round -5 (66) to finish at -13 (267), three shots clear of four players which included Brooks Koepka, Tom Lewis, Phil Mickelson and Daniel Berger. It was JT’s 13th PGA Tour victory and his 3rd win of the season.

Justin Thomas
SG Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 2.303 16th
SGAPR 7.670 2nd
SGARG 3.126 4th
SGP -1.881 55th
SGT2G 13.099 1st

Tee-to-green is where all the magic happened for Thomas. He topped the field in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green which translated a gain of just over 13 strokes on the field average for the week. In particular his approach play was dialed-in. He finished 2nd in Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green which accounted for nearly an 8 stroke gain. Surprisingly for Thomas, he finished with a negative Strokes Gained Putting, placing 55th for the stat. Other stats for the week include T12 for Driving Accuracy, T44 for Driving Distance, T7 for GIR and T45 in Putts per GIR.

2019 WGC FedEX St Jude Invitational | Brooks Koepka

The 2019 champion, Brooks Koepka, won by three strokes from Webb Simpson to capture the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational. He closed with a bogey free -5 (65) to finish -16 (264) for the week. It was his seventh PGA Tour title and first WGC win.

“Everything just kind of comes if you just let it happen, just stay patient and if you keep playing well, put yourself in contention, a lot of good things will happen”

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka
SG Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 3.745 5
SGAPR 3.216 11
SGARG -2.291 54
SGP 9.346 1
SGT2G 4.670 6

Koepka’s game tee-to-green laid the foundation for his victory finishing the week 6th in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. However, the lion’s share of his gain came from the flat-stick. He topped the field in the Strokes Gained Putting stat which yielded an impressive 9.346 strokes on the field average for the week. Other stats include T9 for Driving Accuracy, 4th for Driving Distance, T8 for GIR and 7th in Putts per GIR.

2018 FedEx St Jude Classic | Dustin Johnson

In 2018, Dustin Johnson holed out for eagle on the Par 4 18th to finish on a score of -19 (261). He won by six strokes from Andrew Putnam with JB Holmes a further 4 shots back. Johnson only squared 4 bogeys for the week shooting rounds of 67-63-65-66 on his way to victory.

Dustin Johnson
SG Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 5.014 4
SGAPR 9.832 2
SGARG 2.078 14
SGP 3.858 12
SGT2G 16.922 1

Johnson put on an exhibition tee-to-green gaining almost 17 strokes on the field average in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category. This accounted for over 80% of his shots gained for the tournament. DJ finished the tournament T36 for Driving Accuracy, 1st for Driving Distance, T10 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.

2017 FedEx St Jude Classic | Daniel Berger

In 2017, Daniel Berger successfully defended his title finishing the week on -10 (270), one stroke ahead of the chasing pack. Seven players finished within two strokes of the lead. Berger had this to say after the final round;

“I’m extremely proud. I’m 1-for-1 defending titles, so that’s a pretty good stat. I just battled so hard today and played so good. I just can’t be happier”

Daniel Berger

Daniel Berger
SG Category
Strokes Gained Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT 4.612 2
SGAPR 4.899 12
SGARG 2.678 10
SGP 0.372 44
SGT2G 12.188 1

Berger’s game tee-to-green was sublime for the week and he topping the field in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. He gained an impressive 12.188 strokes on the field average for the week based on this stat. Other stats for the week include T36 for Driving Accuracy, 14th for Driving Distance, T10 for GIR and 2nd in Putts per GIR.

WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past four champions of the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational.

Last 4 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes Gained Average Finishing
Position SG Category
SGOTT 3.919 7th
SGAPR 6.404 7th
SGARG 1.398 21st
SGP 2.924 28th
SGT2G 11.720 2nd

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational.

Scoring this week is as much about avoiding bogeys as it is finding birdies.

FedEx St Jude Championship Tips

Please check back on Tuesday 9th August for the PGAgolfbets’ FedEx St Jude Championship tips & predictions 2022 from TPC Southwind, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Event Form, Current Form and Stats Analysis tables will all be up dated in the week preceding the tournament when the field is finalized for the 2022 FedEx St Jude Championship.

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Author: Timmothy Castro