Weekly Golf Preview – St Jude Classic

Once again all eyes are on America this week with the St Jude Classic the only tournament of note on the golfing calendar.

The European Tour are again experimenting with the Shot Clock Masters in Austria, but the lack of any names taking part tell you everything you need to know.

So the St Jude has attracted a top quality field, which is expected given it is the final event before next week’s US Open – but this is the final time it will take place at this time of year as from 2019 it becomes a World Championship of Golf event and will be played in August as it takes the place of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

See below as we run through the St Jude Classic for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and Betfair.


  • Staged at TPC Southwind, Memphis
  • First staged in 1958
  • Current champion is Daniel Berger

FIELD: The St Jude is the final tournament before the US Open and host of big names have decided to take the weekend off in order to prepare, but there are still a number of big names in Memphis with world number one Dustin Johnson, US Open champion Brooks Koepka and two-time defending champion Daniel Berger.

QUOTES: Berger is hoping to become the first three-time winner of the St Jude since Lee Trevino nearly 40-years ago, “I love the course. It reminds me of the place I grew up at, the Dye Preserve in South Florida,” Berger said. “I’m familiar with that type of grass, the Bermuda grass, the temperatures get hot there, too. I just have a sense of calm when I get out there. I can’t predict what will happen this year but I will be prepared.”

ODDS provided by Betfair:

  • Dustin Johnson 13/2
  • Brooks Koepka 8/1
  • Henrik Stenson 11/1
  • Phil Mickelson 16/1
  • Tony Finau 18/1
  • Billy Horschel 22/1
  • Daniel Berger 22/1
  • Byeong Hun An 25/1
  • Charl Schwartzel 25/1
  • Joaquin Niemann 28/1

The pro’s point of view…

Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.

A lot of people are already thinking ahead to the US Open but the St Jude looks very competitive and you have to give a lot of respect to defending champion Daniel Berger.

But for me I think Phil Mickelson is the one I would be looking at, got a feeling he could have a very good week.

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