2021 WGC: FedEx St. Jude Invitational Betting Tips & Predictions (August 5-8)
The 2021 FedEx St. Jude Invitational starts on the 5th of August at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. The four-day-long tournament will be the third and final installment of the World Golf Championship events in 2021.
A total of $10.25 million is up for grabs, with the tournament’s winner securing $1.82 million. However, that prize money will certainly not be headed Jon Rahm’s way. Currently ranked number one in the world, Rahm will be unable to participate, having tested positive for COVID-19 recently. Online betting on the St. Jude Invitational 2021 has started in full flow, so let’s check out the latest golf odds.
2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational Odds
According to online golf sportsbooks, Brooks Koepka (12-1) is the favourite to take home the grand prize. The 31-year-old American is coming off a victorious Waste Management Phoenix Open campaign earlier this season to go with T-2 in the WGC Workday. However, Koepka finds himself in uncharted territory as this is the first time he heads into a major tournament as the least profitable player to bet on.
According to the bookmakers, Collin Morikawa (14-1) and Xander Schauffele (14-1) are the ones most likely to lift the trophy after Koepka. Both golfers enter this tournament feeling good about their chances, thanks to successful stints at the Japan Olympics.
Top 3 Expert Picks and Predictions
The lack of a clear favourite in this tournament means great value to be obtained from many players. If you have free bets at your disposal, this might be the perfect time to use them. Here are 3 candidates you can bet on to be the winner of the St. Jude Invitational.
- Brooks Koepka (12-1)
While far from an odds-on favourite, Brooks Koepka’s name appears on top of the list of likely winners for a good reason. The former world number one went T-4 at the US Open and T-6 at the Open Championship to go with his exploits at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the WGC Workday. Koepka publicly downplayed the importance of the Olympics and made it clear that he preferred to focus on the four majors and the FedExCup. As a result, it is expected that Koepka will give everything he has to win the St. Jude Invitational.
- Xander Schauffele (14-1)
It’s hard to bet against Xander Schauffele at this moment. While the 27-year-old American golfer is yet to win a major, his best finish of T-2 at the 2018 Open Championship and the 2019 Masters suggest that success is on the cards. Schauffele has been playing some very decent golf of late, and he displayed tremendous determination and grit in the Olympics this year. He also responded well under pressure. When it appeared Schauffele was about to blunder the gold medal from a good situation, a couple of clutch putts at the death secured a 4-under 67 and a one-shot winner over Slovakian golfer Rory Sabbatini. If he can carry forward this momentum to the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, one would be smart to bet on him winning the tournament.
- Jordan Spieth (16-1)
28-year-old Jordan Spieth is no stranger to lifting silverware, a three-time major winner and former world number one. Searching for his 12th PGA tour win, Spieth is back to his usual best, and one can almost smell a major success on the horizon. It could come as early as next week because the American is certain to push hard to win in Memphis. Statistics show that Spieth has been the best golfer in 2021 in the absence of Jon Rahm, and while making predictions aren’t as simple as that, it does at least single out Spieth as one of the strongest candidates to be the winner.
Recent Winners of the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Established in 1999, the WGC Invitational was originally an event organised each year in Akron, Ohio. However, in 2019, when FedEx became the title sponsor, the tournament took place in Memphis. Unsurprisingly, Tiger Woods has thoroughly dominated this event since its inception – winning the first 3 on the bounce. An American has failed to be the tournament’s winner on only 7 occasions, although 4 of those instances occurred in the last decade itself.
These are the winners of the last 5 years:
- Justin Thomas (Score: 267)
- Brooks Koepka (264)
- Justin Thomas (265)
- Hideki Matsuyama (264)
- Dustin Johnson (274)
Tiger Woods has the most number of WGC Invitational titles, with 8.
FedEx St. Jude Invitational Betting Tips and Final Prediction
Before placing a bet on a potential winner, there are a few factors one must consider. Firstly, 12 of the 25 favourites to win participated in the Japan Olympics. Among other things, the travel could impact the performances of these players, although the extent of it is open to debate.
Brooks Koepka’s expertise on this course means he is an obvious choice to place a wager on. Xander Schauffele’s success at the Olympics has buoyed his self-confidence to an all-time high, but there is a chance that the battle for the gold medal may have taken too big a toll on his body. The value attached to a player of Jordan Spieth’s caliber makes him a lucrative option to bet on, but he hasn’t visited the course in over a decade, which is a factor to consider certainly.
No time to waste! Use our expert analysis and make your golf bets today!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are fractional odds? How do they work?
Fractional odds is a system used commonly in the UK. Here, the odds are represented in the form of a ratio. We know the odds for Brooks Koepka to win the WGC Invitational 2021 is (12/1). It means that if an individual successfully bets $1 on Koepka to win the event, he earns $12.
- What are decimal odds? How do they work?
Decimal odds are generally used in Europe and Australia. Here, the odds are represented in the form of a number with or without a decimal part. For example, we know that Jordan Spieth’s odds of winning the St. Jude Invitational 2021 are (17.00). If one wagers $100 successfully, a total payout of $100×17.00=$1700 is made, i.e., a profit of $1600.
- What are moneyline odds? How do they work?
Moneyline odds are popular in American betting. Here, the odds are represented as a whole number with a (+/-) sign preceding it denoting the (underdog/favorite). Consider the case of Kevin Kisner (+9900). If one successfully bets $100 on Kisner to win, a profit of $9900 is made.
- Where can you find insider information involving the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational?
You can follow the official WGC Invitational Twitter account for any announcements or updates. Golf Digest also does a good job of keeping you up-to-date and is worth a follow.