Welcome back golfing fans. The FedEx playoffs start this week with the St Judes Championship, which will take place at TPC Southwind for only the second time. Last year’s winner was Will Zalatoris, who beat Sepp Straka in a playoff and took home the winner’s pot of $2.7 million. This year, the prize pot has increased again and a colossal $3.7 million goes to the winning player, so a serious amount of cash is on offer for this week’s event.
The TPC course is played over 7243 yards of Bermuda grass with really undulating fairways, and plenty of ponds, streams and lakes to play around too. This course is going to be much tougher than many recent PGA Tour events and the players are going to need to be on point with their long game here. The average score around TPC Southwind is just one under par and it’s going to take four really good solid rounds of golf to win here, so we should be in for a real treat.
Last week saw the worst result of the year for me and my followers, but we are still over 800 points in profit to level stakes since January. Anyway, as far as this week’s squad goes, I have four selections for you. I think it is a really good team and I’m aiming to get straight back into the winner’s enclosure.
I understand this week that the likes of Scottie, Rory and Rahmo are surely going to be there or thereabouts, but there is no value in their prices and I think the squad I’ve put up for this week has enough class to get the job done here. This week’s tournament will almost have the same feel as a Major and I’m really looking forward to seeing the action unfold.
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My number one selection this week is the man who won the US Open for us at 80/1 and that is world number 11, Wyndham Clark. The course here at TPC Southwind is one that benefits the ball strikers and longer hitters and Wyndham fits both of those categories very well indeed.
Wyndham really impressed me in the final round of the US Open, fending off a late charge from Rory McIlroy and never seeming fazed by the situation. He remained positive in his game plan, and just ripped it round the LA Country Club from start to finish. He hits the ball very hard so he can’t afford to be passive, and his left to right shot shape requires plenty of ball speed to maintain the consistency.
I could hardly have been more impressed with him this season, as well as winning the US Open in June, he won the Wells Fargo in May, finished fifth in the Valspar, sixth in the Puntacana and third in the Zurich. Wyndham comes into this event having taken a few weeks off after the British Open and will be fresh and raring to go. He has maintained some really good form and I think he’s got a huge chance of making it three wins on Tour for the 2023 season.
Selection number two for the St Judes Championship is world number seven Max Homa, who I think could easily pick up the big prize this week and is particularly well-suited to this course. He isn’t overly long off the tee, but his long game with Irons is superb. Being such a good long iron player is a really big asset to have in this event and he is plenty reliable with his putter too.
Homa has won twice on Tour this season already. He started off by winning the Fortinet Championship, then went on to win the Farmers Insurance Open and his form on both courses looks really good for this event.
I think when it comes to the FedEX playoffs, you really need to be an established player to be in with a chance of winning a prize like this and Max Homa is certainly one of those. His golf swing is poetry in motion, he won’t be fazed by the big occasion and I can see him picking up the trophy this week.
My third selection is Denny McCarthy, who I am taking a little bit of a chance on as a player who has not won on Tour yet. However, there is no doubt he has the game to win on Tour, but has just been a little unlucky and not quite had the break yet. In fact, his situation reminds me of the position Wyndham Clark found himself in for a little while, but look at him now.
Perhaps this week on the big stage McCarthy can take a step forward and pick up one of the biggest prizes of the season. He plays well on the longer courses, has a bunch of Top 20s on his resume and I just have a gut feeling that he could be in for a big week.
He comes here off the back of missing two cuts, but make no mistake about it, he will be raring to go. As mentioned, I am taking a slight chance on him, but he is having a good year and I think he is a worthy candidate for this week’s squad at a big price.
My final selection for the St Jude’s is five-time PGA Tour winner Sam Burns, who scrapes into the squad ahead of Jason Day, who has injury worries, but I think he has a great chance this week. He is a pretty consistent player, who tends to go under the radar a little, but for these big events he has a seriously good game in him.
Burns has a bunch of Top 10’s to his credit and I think the course here will be very well suited to his game. He’s a solid iron player, seriously good off the tee, and very, very, good with a putter in his hand. I think if he starts off well this week, which I expect him to do, then he has a real chance of picking up another big pot.
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