FedEx St. Jude Championship 2022 Picks: 3 Best Bets

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Sam Burns walks after sinking a putt on the 18th hole during a playoff in the final round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, May 29, 2022.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Aug 10, 2022, 10:36 AM
  • Rory McIlory (+1000) has the best PGA golf odds to win.
  • The FedEx St. Jude Championship is the first event of the PGA Tour playoffs.
  • Below are three best bets for the tournament.

The first event of the PGA Tour playoffs has arrived with the FedEx St. Jude Championship at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Rory McIlroy has the best PGA golf odds to win at +1000, presumably because of his recent play. McIlroy has posted three top-5 finishes in his last four events.

At +1000 to win outright, there isn’t much value, and the same goes for finishing in the top 5 (+190) or top 10 (-110). 

Although this is the first year the event has been part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, TPC Southwind has hosted events on the PGA Tour since 1989, including the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational the last three seasons.

It is a par-70 course with only two par-5s and will reward players who can keep it in play, with tight fairways and 11 water hazards. The Bermuda greens will be firm and fast. 

Given the narrow fairways, players will be forced to play shots from the rough, which will also put a premium on scrambling.

Players will be competing for a $2.7 million winner’s payout and a spot in the top 70 in the FedEx Cup standings. Only these players will advance to the BMW Championship next week.

With all that in mind, here are my three best bets of the week.

Sam Burns Top-10 Finish: +240

Burns lost in a playoff a year ago in his only other appearance at TPC Southwind, so the course suits his eye. He also grew up playing Bermuda greens, which he’s performed well on this season. 

Burns doesn’t have a top-25 finish in his last four events, which is likely why he’s +2800 to win despite winning three times this season. After a few weeks off, look for Burns to finish the season strong.

Will Zalatoris Top-20 Finish: +100

At plus money, this feels like a steal. 

It’s well-documented Zalatoris plays his best in the most significant events, and he comes into the playoffs trending in the right direction with a T-20 at the Rocket Mortgage and a T-21 at the Wyndham Championship.

Zalatoris made news last week by parting ways with his caddie – Ryan Goble – in the middle of the Wyndham Championship but seems comfortable with his new one in veteran Joel Stock. In 22 events this season, the 25-year-old has 12 top-25 finishes.

Chez Reavie Top-20 Finish: +333

No one has a better course history in the field than Reavie.

In six appearances, he’s never finished worse than T-27 and has three top-6 finishes in his last four trips to Memphis. At +333, why not look for a continuation of his success?

Reavie enters ranked 53rd in the standings, so he’s in a solid place to advance to next week’s BMW Championship. He has two top 10s in his last five events, including a win at the Barracuda Championship.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”