2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, odds, pitch: Collin Morikawa, Xander Sc Chaudele pick from PGA insider

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A strong post-Olympic field is set to start Thursday at the 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn. Xander Sc Chaudele, fresh off his gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is among the favorites, along with other Team USA stars Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas. Bryson DeChambeau, who had to withdraw from the U.S. golf team for Tokyo 2020 due to a positive COVID test, is back in action, but world No.1 Jon Rahm withdrew even before his diagnosis and his withdrawal to Tokyo. The St. Jude Invitational course features 48 of the top 50 in the official world golf rankings. Thomas is the defending FedEx St. Jude Invitational champion and also won the event in 2018.

Caesars Sportsbook lists 2019 winner Brooks Koepka as the 12-1 betting favorite in its latest 2021 FedEx St. Jude Invitational golf odds, closely followed by Morikawa (14-1) and Sc Chaudele (14-1). Other serious contenders from this busy St. Jude Invitational field include Thomas (16-1), Jordan Spieth (16-1) and Rory McIlroy (18-1). Before you lock in the 2021 FedEx St. Jude Invitational picks or the PGA Tour predictions, you need to see what proven golf insider Sal Johnson has to say.

Media legend and golf insider Johnson knows what it takes to win on the biggest stage. Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics golf competition, he ranked ScHotele, Morikawa, McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama among his top five golfers.

ScHotele emptied him on the last few holes to win the gold at 18 under par, while the other three went under 15 and made the seven-a-side playoff won by CT Pan from Chinese Taipei.

Johnson has been on fire all season. Before the Open Championship, he said Morikawa would win if he could “get over his bad putting”. That’s exactly what he did, registering par several times to win his second major championship.

And before the US Open, he ranked Rahm among his best bets to win and pitched Oosthuizen at 45-1 as his best long-term contender. Rahm and Oosthuizen fought to the finish, with Rahm achieving his first major title. Anyone who took Johnson’s advice took a huge hit.

Now Johnson, the first producer of “Inside the PGA Tour”, a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who has worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of Best Stats Database golf club in the world, has released its very confident 2021 WGC -The FedEx St. Jude Invitational Golf Selections, and they will surprise you. You can only see Johnson’s expert picks on the PGA Tour on SportsLine.

Best Golf Predictions 2020 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Surprisingly, golfing expert scuffs off after his gritty performance in Tokyo. The combination of the emotional victory and the long journey home makes the 27-year-old unlikely to be at the top of his game. It was his first win since January 2019, so the chances of him playing again this week are slim. He tied for sixth at Southwind last year but was T-27 in 2019. Johnson has several options in mind for this week that have a more sustained track record.

On the other hand, the golf expert expects Morikawa’s game to be sharp this week. The 24-year-old traveled to Tokyo just after his Open title and shot 15 less, losing to Pan on the final hole of the seven-game bronze medal. He shot 63 in the final round for his fourth straight top-four finish. He also won the most recent WGC event, at The Concession in February, to become the second player (along with Tiger Woods) to win a major title and a WGC title before his 25th birthday. He is fourth on tour for average score (69.673) and second for greens in regulation (72%).

Johnson also knows that Thomas has a special affinity for this event. He’s won it two of the past three years, although the 2018 version is at Firestone, and he shot 68-65 on the weekend in Tokyo to place 22nd. He won the Players’ Championship in March, but his tie for 19th at the US Open was one of the top three 25 since then. He is the fourth player in the world and has finished in the top four three times in four events, including a tie for fourth at the Masters at the end of last year. He also ranks eighth for average score (69.838) and sixth for shots won from the start to the green.

How To Make Golf Choices 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

For this week’s event in Memphis, Johnson backs up a long shot with an excellent record at Southwind coming in at odds over 30-1. This golfer is excellent from tee to green and can make all the putts he needs. Anyone who supports this outsider could cash in a lot. You can only see this WGC-FedEx St. Jude choice on SportsLine.

Who wins the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational 2021? Where do Morikawa and Thomas end up? And which long-haul close-up is a must-have? Check out the odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Sal Johnson’s full standings, picks and analysis for the 2021 FedEx St. Jude Invitational, all from the insider who knows what it takes to win on the biggest scenes.

2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational odds, champ, top contenders

Brooks Koepka 12-1
Collin Morikawa 14-1
Alex ScHotele 14-1
Jordan Spieth 16-1
Justin Thomas 16-1
Rory McIlroy 18-1
Dustin Johnson 20-1
Daniel Berger 22-1
Louis Oosthuizen 22-1
Viktor Hovland 25-1
Bryson De Chambeau 25-1
Patrick Cantlay 25-1
Hideki Matsuyama 25-1
Scottie Scheffler 28-1
Paul Casey 30-1
Webb Simpson 35-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35-1
Tony Finau 35-1
Patrick Roseau 35-1
Cameron Smith 35-1
Shane Lowry 40-1
Harris English 45-1
Tyrrell Hatton 45-1
Abraham Ancer 45-1
Tommy Fleetwood 45-1
Jason Kokrak 45-1
Corey Conner 45-1
Joaquin Niemann 45-1
Will Zalatoris 50-1
Sungjae I’m 55-1
Brian Harman 55-1
Sergio Garcia 55-1
Justin Rose 55-1
Adam Scott 55-1
Sam Burns 66-1
Marc Leishman 70-1
Ian Poulter 70-1
Billy Horschel 70-1
Phil Mickelson 70-1
Cameron Champion 70-1
Cameron Davis 80-1
Robert Macintyre 80-1
Ryan Palmer 90-1
Matthew Wolff 90-1
Kevin Kisner 90-1
Max Homa 100-1
Lee Westwood 100-1
Si Woo Kim 100-1
Stewart Cink 100-1
Carlos Ortiz 100-1
Garrick Higgo 100-1
Kevin Na 125-1
Lucas Herbert 125-1
Lucas Glover 125-1
Min Woo Lee 125-1
Kyoung Hoon Lee 150-1
Matt Jones 150-1
Martin Laird 200-1
Aaron Rai 200-1
Victor Perez 200-1
Wilco Nienaber 250-1
Wade Ormsby 250-1
Jim Herman 300-1
Ryosuke Kinoshita 300-1
Robert Streb 300-1
Brad Kennedy 500-1


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