FedEx St. Jude Classic Tips and Betting Offers, Thursday 9th June 2016, TPC Southwind

Not too many of you reading this will have heard of William McGirt before last weekend. The 36-year-old has spent the majority of his life grinding around the minor golf tours in America before finally claiming his first PGA Tour victory last week at the Memorial Tournament.

McGirt became the latest in a growing list of shock winners during this PGA Tour season and we could be about to see another big odds winner get over the line at this week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic. Both of the event’s last two winners were backed at triple figures as TPC Southwind continues to be a troublesome test for the most fancied players.

FedEx St. Jude Classic Betting Offers

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FedEx St. Jude Classic Betting Tips

  • Gary Woodland to win at 25/1 with BetVictor
  • Luke Donald to win at 66/1 with Coral

Small Greens Require Accuracy

What is it about TPC Southwind that players find so difficult? At 7,239 yards it does not look like too much of a test of distance. Indeed, it’s not really a big test of driving distance or accuracy even though the course now plays as a par 70 after the fifth hole was turned from a par five to a par four. The course’s main defences are the large number of trees which surround many of the fairways and the greens which are small and generally raised making approach play and chipping difficult.

The past couple of years have shown that it is vital to hit iron shots of the highest quality into the greens to have any chance of winning this event. It is also important to scramble well as the putting surfaces are difficult to hit so getting up and down.

Bring Your Short Game

Putting stats will be less important than normal at the FedEx St. Jude Classic as the small greens will mean a lot of chipping and the players’ first putts will be shorter than normal. That is great news for Gary Woodland. The American is best known for his mammoth distance off the tee but he showed last week at Muirfield Village that he possesses great touch around the greens. Woodland’s stats for the season show that he ranks in the top 20 in terms of strokes gained approaching the green and the top 30 for greens hit in regulation. If he keeps that sort of play up he’ll be one to stop at 25/1 with BetVictor.

Luke Donald has been threatening to grab a massive win for a while now but he’s as yet been unable to string his best stuff together for four rounds. That could be about to chance at TPC Southwind. The Englishman looked good in qualifying for the US Open and although he’ll have to recover quickly, he can take that form and good feelings into this week’s action. We all know that Donald’s struggled off the tee but his awesome iron play and world class short game should stand him in good stead so bet on him each way at odds of 66/1 with Coral.