After an exhilarating week of watching guys like Sepp Straka, Michael Thompson, Cameron Tringale, and more of the favorite low-tier guys, we finally get back to the cream of the crop this week.
At this week’s St. Jude’s event, get ready to see the best in golf compete at one of the tougher tracks on tour. This course is littered with water so you can expect the players to be donating balls to ponds as well as money to St. Jude’s. With this small of a field you need to take risks and build unique lineups, which we have tried to do below.
- SG: Approach
- SG: OTT (Emphasis on accuracy)
- SG:P Bermuda
- SG Par 4s 450-500
Justin Thomas- $10,700
Justin Thomas is one of the best players in the world and his numbers show it. In an event with all the elite players in the world, we believe the cream will rise to the top in this one. JT is playing some great golf right now. He lost a heart breaker at the Workaday Charity Open taking 2nd and followed it with an 18th place finish at the Memorial. He has gained over 6.6 strokes tee to green on the field and 3.6 strokes on approach in the past 5 tournaments. Come Sunday, we expected him to be one of the last groups teeing off.
Xander Schauffele- $9,800
If there is anyone who is overdue for a win, its Xander Schauffele. X is a very consistent golfer. Since this past August, Schauffele has 14 top 25 finishes! He has gained strokes all over the place; he gained 12.7 strokes tee to green at the Memorial. He is known to play his best golf at no-cut events and that is what we have this week at St. Jude. He is a great par 4 scorer, which is essential for this week. He is an easy pick in the 9k range for us.
Jordan Spieth $8,100
For the past few years people continually ask, “Is Spieth back?”, we think this week he finally is. At this course SG: ARG is going to be important and Jordan ranks 7th in the field in his past 24 rounds. His work around the greens helped at this event last year where he finished 12th and gained 3.4 strokes on around the green. However the reason we are most on Jordan this week is for his iron play at the Memorial where he was third in the field and gained 4.7 strokes on approach. With that being said, trusting Jordan off the tee for four days with this amount of water is definitely risky, but in a WGC field you need to take some risks to gain leverage on the field. If Jordan keeps his irons hot, his short game is good enough to have him high on the leaderboard on Sunday.
Matthew Wolff $7,900
Matthew Wolff is a streaky golfer and currently riding a hot hand right now. In his past four starts he has gone 2nd, MC, 22nd, and 12th. This event has a much tougher field than he is used to, but he has the type of confidence that shouldn’t be rattled by this field. He will also benefit greatly from his OTT game of late where he ranks 10th in the field. At his price and projected low ownership we like taking a shot on the Wolff man this week.
Corey Conners- $7,300
Corey Conners is our value golfer of the week. The Canadian has been playing solid golf since the break. He has made the cut in 4/5 tournaments and has three top 25 finishes. At $7,300 Conners is a nice low-level play to fill out your lineups. His approach numbers are great, gaining 3.5 strokes on the field past 5 events. He is notoriously a bad putter, but has been doing better losing less than a stroke in recent play. He is an elite ball-striker which very important this week and could lead to a high finish.
Cameron Champ $6,200
St. Jude is sneaky long at 7,200 yards and par 70. In the past we have seen bombers have success here with DJ and Brooks both winning in the past few years. Off the Tee is more important this week than most and Cam Champ is on of the best with the big stick. In the past 24 rounds Champ ranks 2nd in SG: OTT and also 4th in SG: Par 4s 450-500. Champ is certainly not the best around the greens or with his putter, but in a no cut event the value at $6,200 is too good to pass up.