FedEx St. Jude Championship betting guide: 3 picks we love in Memphis

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Rickie Fowler has been one of the most reliable performers of the year.

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Welcome to our weekly PGA Tour gambling-tips column, featuring our favorite plays for this week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship, which starts Thursday in Memphis. Along with our recommended plays, you’ll also see data from Chirp, a free-to-play mobile platform that features a range of games with enticing prizes, giving fans all kinds of ways to engage in the action without risking any money.

And then there were 70.

With the PGA Tour’s regular season in the books, it’s on to the 2023 FedEx Cup Playoffs, featuring a newly reduced playoff field.

Only 70 competitors are in the mix, down from the traditional 125, as the post-season gets underway this week at the FedEx St. Championship, at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

The Big Three — Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy — are the betting favorites, followed by a host of thoroughbreds that includes 17 of top-20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking?

Who you gonna take? Here are three ideas.

Rickie Fowler (30-1)

What a difference a year makes. At the 2022 St. Jude, Fowler closed with a quintuple-bogey 9 on his final hole, a bottom-scraping moment for a popular star suffering through a drawn-out and dispiriting tailspin. That was then. Under the guidance of Butch Harmon, Fowler has engineered a remarkable rebound this season, notching a win and eight top 10s while vaulting into the top 10 in the FedEx standings. Scheffler, Rahm and McIlroy are favored for a reason. But we’re looking for value, and this is a good number for one of 2023’s most reliable performers.

Wyndham Clark (35-1)

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Once regarded as a wildly talented underachiever, Clark has more than made good on his promise this year, with two wins, a major title and only three missed cuts in 25 tries. A late bloomer? Maybe — but only by today’s precocious PGA Tour standards. By most other measures, the 29-year-old reigning U.S. Open champ is a world-beating talent, just entering his prime.

Sepp Straka (45-1)

After a win at the John Deere and a T2 at the Open Championship, Straka was on a red-hot roll entering last week’s 3M Open where he missed the cut. Golf’s a fickle game. And Straka is a hard-to-figure, feast-or-famine player. At this relatively robust number, we’re willing to risk some greenbacks that Straka will be back in feast mode this week.

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Josh Sens Contributor

A golf, food and travel writer, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Magazine contributor since 2004 and now contributes across all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting. He is also the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.