FedEx St Jude Championship Predictions
On Thursday, Memphis will host the first of three FedEx Cup playoff tournaments. Our golf prediction betting experts have prepared a thorough preview of the elite competition.
Key Stat: Matt Fitzpatrick is aiming to become the third US Open winner in five years to triumph at the course
- Finished tied for 15th at The Open, his highest ever finish at a PGA Tour event
- The 27-year-old won the 2017 US Open at Brookline and finished sixth in the Scottish Open
- Fitzpatrick is now ranked first in the SG: Tee-to-Green stats on the PGA Tour
Matt Fitzpatrick wants to become the third US Open winner to succeed at TPC Southwind in the last five years, behind Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
Fitzpatrick has advanced rapidly since his stunning triumph at Brookline, finishing sixth in the Scottish Open and tied for 21st in the Open. He has already shown an affinity for the course as he was 2 ahead at the halfway stage of his 2019 debut before he slid to 4th and finished 6tn the next year. Even though he was only ranked 57th last time, he was clearly not at his peak. He fared poorly on the DP World Tour (52nd in the Cazoo Open) and missed the next two cuts.
Fitzpatrick is now ranked first in the SG: Tee-to-Green stats on the PGA Tour and second and twenty-fourth, respectively, in the crucial metrics of Scrambling and Par-4 performance.
Key Stat: Scott Stallings has been in the top 12 for Tee To Green in each of his last four outings
- He ranks eighth in the field if you limit the TTG timeframe to just the previous 8 weeks
- Stallings is ranking in a creditable 24th this year in the score for par 4
- Late in May, he was fourth at Colonial, a short par 70 course; his prior four finishes were 8-4-10-13
Our second pick for the tournament at TPC Southwind in Memphis is Scott Stallings. Late in May, he was fourth at Colonial, a short par 70 course; his prior four finishes were 8-4-10-13.
The most recent came when he ended with a weekend score of 67-65 at the Wyndham Championship. Stalling performed admirably on all four occasions in SG: Tee To Green. Despite his great but not extraordinary overall career seasonal Tee To Green rating of 64th, he ranks eighth in the field if you limit the TTG timeframe to just the previous 8 weeks.
According to the data, he has been in the top 12 for TTG in each of his last four outings, amassing a combined 29 strokes on the course. Two of the four courses, Sedgefield Country Club and TPC River Highlands, were played at par 70s, which is promising. This brings us to the score for par fours, where Stallings is ranking in a creditable 24th this year, ticking another box. He also has a course form, right? You may suppose that, and a short scan of the history books indicates that he finished second in 2013.