By News Team
28th July 2020
We’ve got a bit of a mini Major this week on the PGA Tour with 13 of the top 14 in the world rankings teeing it up at TPC Southwind for the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
Tiger Woods is a notable absentee from the field in Memphis, but baring the 15-time Major winner, all the big guns are out in force as they seek to win the trophy won by Brooks Koepka last year.
Tyrrell looks a tasty option in Memphis
While the likes of new world number one Jon Rahm (11/1), Justin Thomas (12/1), Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau (both 12/1) are clearly the ones to beat, TYRRELL HATTON at 28/1 again looks to have been underestimated in the market, given his hugely impressive form this season.
The 28-year-old has been in the form of his life for the best part of a year now with a reduced schedule seemingly working perfectly for the Englishman. Since missing the cut at Wentworth in September last year, Hatton has played in 10 tournaments and has only finished out of the top six four times. During this purple patch, he’s won twice – in Turkey and most recently at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where a four under total dispelled those who thought he was only suited to a birdie fest.
It would have been understandable for there to have been an element of rust in Hatton’s game when he teed it up at both the RBC Heritage and Rocket Mortgage Classic given that win at Bay Hill in early March was his most recent start, but he finished in a tie for third at Hilton Head and a tie for fourth in Detroit. Both of those performances showed his game is in arguably the best shape it’s ever been and although he was only 43rd here on debut last year, he shot an opening 66 to sit in a tie for seventh, so there is plenty of hope he’ll go very well again.
X marks the spot
If there’s one man who seems to save his best for the big occasion it’s XANDER SCHAUFFELE and he’s another who is fancied to play well here at 22/1.
The American has won the Tour Championship, WGC-HSBC Champions and Sentry Tournament of Champions – all events similar to this week’s tournament in that there is no Friday cut. While that could just be a coincidence, it certainly means Schauffele is one to keep an eye on in these events, and after leading the field in both driving accuracy and greens in regulation at the deviously difficult Memorial two weeks ago, the case for him has heightened. Another stat that marks him up as a contender here is that he sits 10th in bogey avoidance for the season. Five of the last six winners at TPC Southwind have ranked first or second for that statistic.
It’s perhaps surprising that for a player who has finished in the top 10 on the PGA Tour 23% of the time and makes the cut nearly 80% of the time, he’s only won four times. Time is very much on the 26-year-old’s side, though, and he’s also finished second on six occasions, so you feel it might not be long before the floodgates open.