The Memorial Tournament provided us with a vintage Tiger win. This victory by Tiger should only add to the circus that will be The United States Open, taking place next week. We did manage to go 2-1 in our head to head picks to improve our record to an excellent 37-22.
This week the Tour heads to Memphis, Tennessee for the St. Jude Classic. Some players will be using this tournament as preparation for next week’s U.S. Open. I have been hard at work preparing myself for the US Open for over a month now, and will continue to do so right up to next week.
This week however we look to head into the 2nd major of the year on a hot streak. The players will be playing a beautiful course this week when they tee it up at TPC Southwind. The course will be playing as a Par 70 and at 7255yards in length. Look for players who are accurate and talented putters to be the cream of the crop this week.
TPC Southwind is a difficult track, and you can expect a winning score of around –12 this week. It utilizes well-placed hazards (10 water hazards), and bunkers that will catch the slightly errant shot (94 bunkers). The greens at TPC Southwind have plenty of breaks that only a player with previous course knowledge will be able to read. Look for experience to play a factor this week.
Two holes that may play a very large factor this week are the 17th and 18th. Both holes are Par 4’s and will challenge the players to close out their rounds properly. With both holes being extremely difficult, they could very well decide the tournament on Sunday.
We have a mixed bag of players playing this week. A few big names (Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson) are here to get their games into form for next week’s US Open. We also have some older journeymen in the field, as many notables have taken this week off to rest up for next week. Many people debate which philosophy is the proper one, but I feel it is very dependent on the player.
Last year’s champion Harrison Frazar returns to defend his title, along with 7 other past champions. As I mentioned previously this week you will notice plenty of players who are 40 and older teeing it up (46 committed at the start of the week). This is a course that has seen success from veterans as it puts a premium on accuracy.
Betting Picks for St Judes Classic
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We are up over 95 units on the season ($10 bettors up $950) and look to continue making money. Below I will give you a sneak peak pick from our 6-pack system plays…
CHARLES HOWELL III 40 TO 1 – Charles sets up perfectly for this course and that is why he has enjoyed success here in the past. Last year Charles finished in a Tie for 3rd here, and that occurred after an opening round 72. He hits solid iron shots and has an above average short game, two attributes that will help him to another great finish here this week. Charles has enjoyed plenty of good finishes on the PGA Tour but he is known for runner ups. He has won twice on Tour but also has 13 second place finishes. Howell III continues to put himself in positions to win and I can feel that one is coming very soon. Look for Charles to be in the mix on Sunday this week.