2016 St. Jude Classic Golf Prediction
Ready to bet this week on the St. Jude Classic Odds? The 2016 St. Jude Classic cones our way this week from TPC at Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee – some will be using this event as a tune up for next week’s US Open but most of the top dogs have chosen to take a pass this week leaving a pretty wide-open field to play for the $1 million first prize.
2016 St. Jude Classic
Date: June 9 – 12, 2016 on Golf Channel/CBS
Where: TPC at Southwind – Memphis, TN
Purse: $6,200,000 / Winner Share: $1,008,000
Defending Champion: Fabian Gomez
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TPC Southwind will play 7,239 yards and is largely considered one of the most difficult par 70s the pros play. Narrow fairways and small greens will greet the players.
Obviously distance off the tee won’t be much of a factor but accuracy certainly is.
Playing your second shot from the fairway is almost essential – sticking the greens from the rough is almost impossible.
So, with that in mind who should we be keeping our eye on this week?
Let’s take a look.
2016 St. Jude Classic Favorites:
Dustin Johnson +650
DJ won this event in 2012 and has two other top 25s here in his last four starts – a WD mixed in there.
He hasn’t been terrific lately but does quietly have seven top 15 finishes in his last eight starts overall including a third place finish at Memorial. His stats seem to line up well here – fifth in strokes gained: tee-to-green and adjusted scoring.
Present form and course history in a watered-down field have Johnson as the obvious favorite here – I too like his chances.
Brooks Koepka +1400
Was last seen losing in a playoff at the AT&T Byron Nelson – a tournament he should have won. He has played here twice and has finished inside the top 20 both times with a T3 last year.
Koepka is an interesting name here indeed – don’t know about the price however.
Phil Mickelson +1400
Phil has been using this event every year as his tune-up for the US Open and he’s done well – going T2-T11-T3 in his last three starts. Southwind requires strong iron play – right up Phil’s alley and if his putter can get on a patented tear Mickelson could be your man.
He enters off a somewhat disappointing T20 at Muirfield but he did have a T4 at the Wells Fargo before that. The stars may be aligning for Phil this week.
2016 St. Jude Classic Contenders:
Ryan Palmer +1800
Has been playing very well of late – three top 25s in his last four starts, including a T3 at his hometown DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.
He has finished inside the top 25 in three of his last four starts on this track with a T3 in 2012 and a solo fourth in 2013. He is another guy whose present form and track history make him a name to watch this week.
Gary Woodland +2500
Has been playing some good golf of late – four top 25s in his last five starts overall including a T4 at Memorial. Something tells me Woodland is due for a big week in a less-than-spectacular field.
Harris English +2500
2013 Champ enters off a solo second place finish at Colonial – a very good sign heading into this week. Strangely his win here was his only top 40 finish in three tries.
He ranks 13th in strokes gained: putting on TOUR and should be able to put that to good use this week.
Colt Knost +4000
He’s been on the radar for over a month now. He finished T3 at THE PLAYERS and T4 at the Byron Nelson – terrific results for a guy that was largely unheralded. Last time out was a T67 however at Colonial.
Colt has also finished inside the top 15 in both appearances here including a T12 last year. He leads the TOUR inside 10 feet and if he can summon some of that magic this week we may just see him emerge.
2016 St. Jude Classic Sleepers (+5000 or higher):
Charles Howell III +5000
Has been very good of late and should benefit from a track that doesn’t require strong driving stats. He has 48 sub-par rounds this year and 37 rounds under 70 – incredible numbers indeed.
Charles finished T3 here in 2011 and enters this year as one of the more consistent guys out there.
David Hearn +7000
The Canadian is due for a win sometime! If he could ever put four rounds together he may actually finally break through. He has made 5 of six cuts on this track with a T18 in 2013 and his form this year far outweighs that of three years ago.
Chad Campbell +7500
Will chase his first win in nine years – hard to believe. He has never missed a cut here in six starts including a T8 last year and a T3 in 2013.
He enters this year in pretty good form – last time out was a T10 at Colonial that included a season-low 63 – he had a T12 at the Byron Nelson before that. Campbell is certainly due and looks like great value at +7500.
2016 St. Jude Classic Picks:
It’s a pretty weak field this week – you could make a case for all three of the top 3 betting favorites. My pick is Dustin Johnson at +650 – he played well last week at Memorial and was good at Memphis before that.
He’s had success here with a win in 2012 – I think he replicates that form on Sunday and throws his name in the hat for the US Open.
My sleeper is David Hearn at +7000. His average putting could be the difference but my bet is that Hearn finally puts four rounds together this week.
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