It’s the week before the US Open, and the PGA Tour heads to Memphis, Tennessee for the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.
The proximity to the second major of the year means the field is less packed with talent as some players have chosen to get an early look at the Open course at Shinnecock Hills.
Defending champion is Daniel Berger, who is actually looking to win thus event three times in a row. Favourite is former world no. 1 Dustin Johnson, while Phil Michelson is also teeing it up.
However, our first selection is Brooks Koepka. The American partially tore a tendon in his left wrist in January and has been racing to be fit to defend his US Open title ever since. He’s back playing now and actually finished second at Colonial at the end of May.
While many in the field might be using this tournament to tinker with their game ahead of the US Open, Koepka needs competitive game time and should be going all out this week.
Our second selection is something of a blog favourite, Kiradech Aphibarnrat. The Thai golfer has been playing particularly well this season – in fact if the world rankings were based just on one year, instead of a two year cycle, he would be the third highest ranked player in this field, behind DJ and Lefty.
With this in mind, we’ll take an each way punt on him while others may be distracted by upcoming events.
Koepka to win, 1 pt, at 9/1, bet365
Aphibarnrat 0.5 pts each way at 40/1, 1/5 the odds for first seven players, Coral
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