FedEx St. Jude Championship Matchup Picks

By Tom Wilkinson

The world’s best golfers are in North Carolina this week for the FedEx St. Jude Championship, which marks the start of the FedExCup Playoffs. World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler leads the FedExCup points standings, but the champion will not be determined for another three weeks, as the top 70 in the points standings after this week will advance to the BMW Championship, and then only the top 30 will make it into the TOUR Championship. I am coming off a very nice 4-1 week at the Wyndham Championship with the matchup picks. Let’s take a look at FedEx St. Jude Championship matchup picks.


Defending Champion: Tony Finau

Course Note: TPC Southwind is a course that plays tough but fair. Distance off the tee definitely helps, as the rough isn’t that difficult, and the greens are small.


FedEx St. Jude Championship Matchups

Rory McIlroy -129 vs. Patrick Cantlay

Scottie Scheffler -122 vs. Cameron Smith

Justin Thomas -122 vs. Tony Finau

Rory McIlroy -126 vs. Scottie Scheffler

Patrick Cantlay -125 vs. Cameron Smith

Justin Thomas -126 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick

Xander Schauffele -134 vs. Jon Rahm

Will Zalatoris -120 vs. Sungjae Im

Gary Woodland -134 vs. Matthew NeSmith

Taylor Pendrith -122 vs. Alexander Noren

Chris Kirk -122 vs. Adam Hadwin

Tyrrell Hatton -165 vs. Si Woo Kim

Viktor Hovland -129 vs. Joaquin Niemann

Sebastian Munoz -122 vs. Lucas Herbert

Matthew Fitzpatrick -134 vs. Jordan Spieth

Russell Henley -134 vs. Keegan Bradley

Aaron Wise -137 vs. Cameron Tringale

Webb Simpson -167 vs. Lucas Glover

Jason Day -148 vs. Doug Ghim

Kevin Streelman -122 vs. Mark Hubbard

Adam Scott -134 vs. Adam Long

Christian Bezuidenhout -122 vs. Brian Harman

Harold Varner III -120 vs. Emiliano Grillo

Collin Morikawa -155 vs. Davis Riley

Jon Rahm -137 vs. Billy Horschel

Keith Mitchell -134 vs. Sahith Theegala

Joohyung Kim -155 vs. Kevin Kisner

Shane Lowry -129 vs. Corey Conners

Cameron Young -126 vs. Jordan Spieth

Tony Finau -164 vs. Viktor Hovland

Sam Burns -126 vs. Hideki Matsuyama

Aaron Wise -126 vs. Alex Noren

Davis Riley -126 vs. Cameron Davis

Max Homa -152 vs. Adam Scott

Seamus Power -146 vs. Sahith Theegala


Golf Picks

Justin Thomas -122 vs. Tony Finau

Thomas won at TPC Southwind two years ago, and while Finau is coming off consecutive wins on the PGA Tour, Thomas is still the better player. It is also worth noting that while Finau is the defending champion in this event, he won on a different course. He has never had a Top 25 finish at TPC Southwind. I’ll take Thomas in this matchup.


Bet Rivers Sportsbook ReviewCollin Morikawa -155 vs. Davis Riley

Morikawa hasn’t played up to his ability for most of this year. He can now turn it on and make a run at the FedExCup. While I like the game of Riley, there is no question that Morikawa is the better player right now. I will take Morikawa in this matchup.


Tyrrell Hatton -165 vs. Si Woo Kim

One of the things I do on a regular basis goes against Kim in the matchups. It has worked more often than not, and it worked again last week. I think Hatton is clearly the better player so I will take him in this matchup.


Aaron Wise -137 vs. Cameron Tringale

Another player I go against on a regular basis is Tringale and just like Kim, going against Tringale usually works. Wise goes under the radar a little bit, but he is far more consistent than Tringale. I will lay the small price and take Wise.


Jon Rahm +104 vs. Xander Schauffele

I like the game of Schauffele, but it is still very surprising to see him listed as the favorite in this matchup. Rahm leads the PGA Tour in total driving, and he leads in Shots Gained: Off-the-Tee. This is simply a price play, as I think Rahm is still the better player, and we get him at plus money.


Matthew Fitzpatrick -134 vs. Jordan Spieth

The player who leads the PGA Tour in Shots Gained: Tee-to-Green is Fitzpatrick. He has played well at TPC Southwind in the past with a tie for 4th in 2019 and a tie for 6th two years ago. I will lay the small price and take Fitzpatrick in this matchup.


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