The PGA Tour travels 600 miles to Memphis, Tennessee this week for the second-biggest sporting event that will take place in the state this week. TPC Southwind will host the FedEx St. Jude Classic with the second major championship of the season now right around the corner.
The field for this week’s tournament won’t be as loaded as last week’s Memorial Tournament as the majority of the world’s top golfers opt to rest for the U.S. Open the following week. However, there are a number of notable names that will compete in this year’s field with Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson at the top of the list.
Two of the last four winners at Southland were course debutants. That list includes last year’s winner Daniel Berger, who will look to successfully defend his title this week in Memphis. We will look at course form when evaluating the top contenders in this week’s field. However, it’s clear that experience won’t be the most important factor to look out for at the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week.
Berger will be back to defend his title at +2800 odds. That is pretty decent value when you consider the names listed ahead of him according to the sportsbook odds. Rickie Fowler is the sports betting favorite to win this event at +805 odds followed by Brooks Koepka at +1200 and Adam Scott at +1400. Phil Mickelson is also expected to be in the mix along with Francesco Molinari as both golfers are listed at +1600 odds to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic outright.
In the old continent, the European Tour shifts to Atzenbrugg, Austria and the Diamond Golf Course for this week’s Lyoness Open. There will be a ton of pressure on the shoulders of the hometown favorite and sports betting favorite Bernd Wiesberger to deliver in his native country. The reality is that the Austrian likely wouldn’t even have played this week if it wasn’t for the location of the event. With the U.S. Open next week in the United States, Wiesberger will have to play this tournament and then travel overseas for the next major championship of the season. With so many of the world’s top golfers resting and preparing for the U.S. Open, Wiesberger will be the clear favorite to win the Lyoness Open this week.
Bernhard Langer won the inaugural edition of this tournament but after just seven editions the event was relegated to the Challenge Tour. Eventually, Austrian golfing legend Markus Brier came along and revitalized the popularity of the sport and the desire for the country to host this tournament again. The Lyoness Open has been a staple on the European Tour ever since with Ashun Wu the defending champion.
The Lyoness Open has been hosted by the Diamond Country Club every year since 2010 so we should have a good handle on what to expect this week. Sign up at WagerWeb.ag