PGA Preview 2020 WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational

The World Golf Championship (WGC) FedEx St Jude Invitational is next up on the PGA schedule and Jon Rahm comes in as the favorite at +900. Rahm was devastating two weeks ago when he won the Memorial by going 9-under over Ryan Palmer and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

That win earned Rahm the top spot on the Official World Golf Rankings – he skipped the 3M Open last week.

Tony Finau (+3300) was one of my bright spots at the 3M event coming in at T3 which is still somewhat disappointing following some missed opportunities on Sunday. You can check out my thoughts on Finau in that article.

Back to St Jude, Rahm will have to get past current FedEx points leader Justin Thomas as well as a loaded field that includes last years defending St Jude Champ Brooks Koepka. Thomas won the year prior and comes in at +1200 with Koepka down the favorites list at +3000.

Here are the top-five favorites to win the FedEx St Jude Invitational.



Jon Rahm +900

Rory McIlroy +1100

Bryson DeChambeau +1200

Justin Thomas +1200

Patrick Cantlay +1800

Complete odds listed below.

WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational

Where:            Memphis, Tennessee

Course:           TPC Southwind

Par:                 70

Length:            7,244

When:             July 30 – Aug 2, 2020

Purse:              $10.25 million


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TV Coverage: CBS/Golf Channel

This is a no-cut event with a limited field.

TPC Southwinds is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and can be considered a traditional-style course. The terrain is gently rolling, fairways are a combination of open with some tree-lined, greens are medium size. The layout may seem easy to approach but the course is known for tricky bunker and water hazards.

Look for long drives from the big hitters and plenty of birdie opportunities.

John Rahm and Rory McIlroy hold the 18-hole course record of 62 with Brooks Koepka holding the 72-hole record when he finished 264 at the course last season.

Rory McIlroy +1100

Rory McIlroy has four top-five finishes in his last four WGC events. He has played well at Memphis in the past. Rory can be there on Sunday for the win if he avoids the “off” round during the tournament that has bothered him recently. He needs his second shots to be sharp this week.

Webb Simpson +2000

Webb Simpson comes in as No. 2 on the FedEx ranking and holding the No. 4 spot on the OWGR. Simpson has three wins on the season including the Presidents Cup. He also has eight top-ten finishes this season. Simpson can bounce back from missing the cut at the Memorial

Viktor Hovland +2500

Viktor Hovland comes in at +2500 following a strong showing at the Workday Charity Open. Hovland should be very comfortable with the ability to open up his driver at TPC Southwind.

Others I Like

Tommy Fleetwood comes in at +3000 this week and could be one of the players to rise to the top this weekend. Fleetwood has had a very limited schedule this season but Memphis is a perfect place for his driver and Putter to shine. Tony Finau is driving me crazy this year… but he’s still worth looking at. Finau has had some problems closing things out on Sunday. Hopefully, he gets tough mentally this week and avoids final day mistakes.

WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational

Jon Rahm +900

Rory McIlroy +1100

Bryson DeChambeau +1200

Justin Thomas +1200

Patrick Cantlay +1800

Xander Schauffele +2000

Webb Simpson +2000

Tyrrell Hatton +2200

Collin Morikawa +2500

Viktor Hovland +2500

Daniel Berger +2800

Dustin Johnson +2800

Hideki Matsuyama +2800

Matthew Fitzpatrick +2800

Brooks Koepka +3000

Tommy Fleetwood +3000

Tony Finau +3300

Patrick Reed +3300

Jason Day +4000

Gary Woodland +4000

Billy Horschel +4500

Rickie Fowler +4500

Jordan Spieth +4500

Abraham Ancer +5000

Sergio Garcia +6000

Marc Leishman +6600

Ian Poulter +7500

Matthew Wolff +7500

Matt Kuchar +7500

Sungjae Im +8000

Joaquin Niemann +8000

Danny Willett +8000

Paul Casey +8000

Kevin Na +8000

Scottie Scheffler +8000

Adam Hadwin +8000

Henrik Stenson +8000

Kevin Streelman +8000

Max Homa +8000

Corey Conners +10000

Bubba Watson +10000

Kevin Kisner +10000

Matt Wallace +10000

Phil Mickelson +10000

Brendon Todd +10000

Erik Van Rooyen +12500

Ryan Palmer +12500

Chez Reavie +12500

Bernd Wiesberger +12500

Rafael Cabrera Bello +12500

Shane Lowry +12500

Louis Oosthuizen +12500

Michael Thompson +12500

Mackenzie Hughes +12500

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +12500

Brandt Snedeker +15000

JT Poston +15000

Byeong-Hun An +15000

Cameron Champ +15000

Robert Macintyre +15000

Keegan Bradley +15000

Joel Dahmen +17500

Tom Lewis +20000

Jason Kokrak +20000

Cameron Smith +20000

Matt Jones +20000

Nick Taylor +25000

Tyler Duncan +25000

Andrew Landry +25000

Graeme McDowell +25000

C T Pan +25000

HaoTong Li +25000

Sung Kang +25000

Victor Perez +25000

Lucas Herbert +30000

Jazz Janewattananond +30000

Shaun Norris +40000

Sebastian Soderberg +40000

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