The golfing world is in for some excitement this week as the 2021 WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational is scheduled to be played in a couple of days. The event will take place from TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee and will last from Thursday, August 5 to Sunday, August 8. Judging by this year’s field, fans will be in for some entertaining competition.
As usual, BetOnline has released odds ahead of this week’s tournament. The sportsbook is currently favoring Brooks Koepka, at +1200 odds, to win the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational. Out of all of the golfers participating this week, few have played as well at TPC Southwind as Koepka has. He’s participated in the St Jude Classic seven times in the past and has finished inside of the Top 5 four times. That includes when he won the tournament two years ago before finishing second in 2020.
Koepka has also been on a roll as of late on the current PGA Tour. While he hasn’t won a tournament since February, he’s finished T-6th or better in four out of his last five competitions. One thing that may worry some people is that he’s failed to make the cut six times this season, however, that could be considered negligible due to his past performances at TPC Southwind where he’s never finished worse than 37th. At the end of the day, the makings are there for Koepka to have success at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational this week.
WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Monday, August 2
- Brooks Koepka (+1200)
- Collin Morikawa (+1400)
- Xander Schauffele (+1400)
- Dustin Johnson (+1600)
- Jordan Spieth (+1600)
- Justin Thomas (+1600)
- Rory McIlroy (+1800)
- Louis Oosthuizen (+2000)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+2200)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+2500)
- Patrick Cantlay (+2500)
- Viktor Hovland (+2500)
Complete odds list available at BetOnline.ag.
Morikawa, Schauffele Shared Second-Best Odds
When it comes to winning the 2021 WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele are tied for the second-best odds at +1400.
Last year was the first time that Morikawa had ever played at TPC Southwind, finishing 20th while going six-under par. However, it’s not last year’s performance that has given him the second-best odds this week. Morikawa has been playing some of his best golf of the season lately. Including when he won the Open Championship a few weeks ago, he has finished top-5 in each of his last four events. It’s just hard to stop that sort of momentum and after just missing out on a bronze medal at the Olympics, he’ll be looking to bounce back this week.
On the other hand, Schauffele could also win the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational. He’s competed in the last three editions of the tournament, with his best finish being when he placed 6th last year. Nevertheless, Schauffele seems to improve every time he plays at TPC Southwind, so there’s a chance that the trend could continue. He’s also riding the momentum after winning a gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, so you can expect him to try and follow that up with another big performance in Memphis.
Thomas Trying to Win St Jude Invitational for the Third Time
It goes without saying that no golfer has dominated the St Jude Invitational more than Tiger Woods. He’s won the event eight times, however, the next closest person to matching that record is Justin Thomas, who’s won the tournament twice in the past. Now, he has +1600 odds to win it for the third time.
A win in Memphis would also do a lot to get Thomas’ current season back on track. While he experienced a lot of success earlier on the 2021 PGA Tour, he hasn’t had a top-10 finish since March and has finished T-40th or worse in four of his last six tournaments. That could be enough to scare people away from picking him to win this week, however, stranger things have happened. Sometimes all it takes is one small victory to get the ball rolling towards bigger things.