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2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Betting Tips - Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are contenders

Last updated: 25 Jul 2019
John Eastwood 25 Jul 2019
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Dustin Johnson has a fine record at TPC Southwind and has won five WGC titles (Getty Images)

2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Golf Preview, Betting Tips & Live Stream

The week following the 2019 British Open, 75 of the world's best golfers make their way to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2019 WGC St Jude Invitational. The course setup at TPC Southwind looks set to favour driving accuracy, strong iron play and greens in regulation. 

Ahead of the first tee shot, we take a look at the leading contenders, select the outsiders we expect to perform, and provide our tips for the tournament.

2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Betting Odds

Here are the 10 leading contenders based on their win outright odds for the 2019 WGC St Jude Invitational. All odds provided by bet365 and correct on 23 July 2019. 

  • Dustin Johnson (10.00)
  • Brooks Koepka (11.00)
  • Rory McIlroy (11.00)
  • Jon Rahm (13.00)
  • Justin Thomas (15.00)
  • Xander Schauffele (21.00)
  • Patrick Cantlay (21.00)
  • Justin Rose (23.00)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (23.00)
  • Henrik Stenson (29.00)

2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Top Contenders

Dustin Johnson (10.00)

This might be the first time the WGC Invitational is held at TPC Southwind, but we can gauge past form by looking at the PGA Tour's St Jude Classic - which is held at the same course - and Dustin Johnson ranks second in all-time earnings at the venue. 

The World No. 2 is the most recent winner at TPC Southwind with a 6-stroke victory at the 2018 St Jude Classic and he won the WGC Invitational at Firestone in 2016. Indeed, Johnson has won five WGC titles overall. After a tricky few tournaments, Johnson is primed for a return to form in familiar conditions and deserves to be the tournament favourite.

Brooks Koepka (11.00)

At the halfway stage of the 2019 British Open last week, it looked as though Brooks Koepka would extend his utterly remarkable recent record at the majors. In the end, he had to settle for tied-fourth - still an impressive feat. 

However, it is no secret that the World No. 1 thrives most at the majors: four of his six PGA Tour titles have come at the Grand Slams, and he has a mixed record at WGC events. Koepka is the most complete golfer in the world, so if he fancies it this week and gets himself focused, he has every chance of victory.

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka's record at WGC events is mixed Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy (11.00)

The British Open's return to Northern Ireland was meant to provide Rory McIlroy a glorious homecoming. Instead it turned into a nightmare as he missed the halfway cut. Despite the disappointment, McIlroy did shoot a majestic 65 in the second round to narrowly miss the weekend. 

Taking out that first round horror show, McIlroy has been the model of consistency this season and leads in two areas on the PGA Tour that are expected to be crucial this week: strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained tee to green. 

Jon Rahm (13.00)

A difficult final round blew Jon Rahm a bit off course at the British Open last week to finish tied-11th, but the Spaniard confirmed what we already knew: he is an elite-level player who will consistently contend for the biggest titles. 

In his only two performances at the WGC Invitational, albeit at Firestone, Rahm has performed solidly, with a tied-28th and a tied-17th. He is in superb form, a tied-third at the US Open was followed by a tied-second at the Andalucia Masters before winning the Irish Open

Justin Thomas (15.00)

A superb start to the season that comprised five top-10 finishes in seven tournaments was derailed by a wrist injury, but Justin Thomas is now finding form again. A tied-ninth at the Scottish Open preceded his best finish at the British Open with a tied-11th, demonstrating the post-injury rust has been well and truly shaken off. 

Thomas is also the defending WGC Invitational champion having won the title at Firestone last year by four shots. He looks to be trending towards a title-contending performance and we expect a strong showing at TPC Southwind.

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas is finding form after a wrist injury and is the defending WGC Invitational champion (Getty Images)

2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Outsiders

Justin Rose (23.00)

Justin Rose had to settle for tied-20th at the British Open after a rough final round 79, but the World No. 4 was in fine form before the weather turned. His exemplary tee-to-green game will stack up well at TPC Southwind, while his vastly improved putting this season will be key. 

Tommy Fleetwood (23.00)

Tommy Fleetwood produced a sublime display to finish runner-up at the British Open last week, and only an inspired Shane Lowry prevented him from winning the Claret Jug. The World No. 13 has a fine WGC record, with nine top-20 finishes in the past 15 WGC events, including five in succession in strokeplay events. Another top-20 here looks a good bet.

Adam Scott (31.00)

A missed cut at the British Open ended a run of five consecutive top-20 finishes at the majors, but before that Adam Scott registered three successive top-10s including a runner-up at The Memorial. Scott has a fine record at TPC Southwind, with two top-10s in both previous visits.

Hideki Matsuyama (34.00)

Hideki Matsuyama missed a second straight British Open cut, but claimed four top-20s in the five events prior to Royal Portrush. The Japanese player has won two WGC events, including the WGC Invitational at Firestone in 2017. His brilliant iron play is well suited to the tournament and we expect a good campaign for Matsuyama at TPC Southwind.

Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama won the WGC Invitational at Firestone in 2017 (Getty Images)

Webb Simpson (36.00)

Five top-20s in his past seven events, including a tied-fifth at the US Masters, makes Webb Simpson one of the most consistent players of the summer. If he maintains his Tour-leading scrambling stats, he can contend this week.

2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Live Stream

Many leading golf tournaments, like the WGC St Jude Invitational, can be streamed online through your phone, tablet device or computer.

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2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Key Stats

  • Dustin Johnson was won more WGC titles than any other player in the field (6).
  • Dustin Johnson is a two-time winner at TPC Southwind.
  • Since it started hosting tournaments in 1958, only five players from outside the United States have won titles at TPC Southwind.

2019 WGC St Jude Invitational Betting Odds

We are backing Dustin Johnson to live up to his pre-tournament odds and win the 2019 WGC St Jude Invitational. He has the course experience, the form and the WGC pedigree to claim his second title of the year. We are also expecting strong showings from Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama.

Best Bet: Nationality of Winner - USA @ 1.80 at bet365 - 4 Units
Top 10 Finish: Justin Thomas @ 2.50 at bet365 - 2 Units
Top 20 Finish: Hideki Matsuyama @ 2.00 at bet365 - 3 Units
Winner: Dustin Johnson @ 10.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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