The Money List: Best bets for the St Jude Classic
After landing a place with an 80/1 shot last week, our tipster's back with his picks for the last PGA Tour event before the US Open.
Back to win: Tony Finau –
Four of the last seven winners of the St Jude Classic were debutants, and Finau is a fine bet to continue that trend in his first appearance at TPC Southwind.
The 28-year-old has finished inside the top 25 in six of his last seven starts, having placed 13th at the Memorial Tournament last week.
Finau’s having a great season statistically, ranking 20th in total shots gained on the PGA Tour and 18th from tee to green.
He excels in events with weaker fields, and has a great chance this week to pick up his first win since the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.
Each-way shout: Steve Stricker–
Stricker’s been consistent this year, making the cut in five of his six starts to date, with the high point a T12 in March’s Valspar Championship.
The 51-year-old has started well in each of his last three starts, placing inside the top 10 after the first round in each one, and just needs to pull it all together to have a chance of contending.
This week is a great opportunity to do that.
Stricker finished second at TPC Southwind 2016 – his first start at this event in a decade – and the course, which rewards accuracy much more than length, suits his game nicely.
Outside shot: Abraham Ancer –
Ancer’s finished no better than 42nd in his last three starts despite making the cut in each one, but, in truth, the Mexican has just been let down by the occasional poor round.
He was tied for the lead after the first day of last week’s Memorial Tournament, but then shot 75 on Friday and ended up finishing 57th.
Ancer has picked up three top-20 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including a T8 at the Houston Open in April, and it’s only a matter of time before he records another decent finish given how well he’s played in bursts.
The 27-year-old finished 18th in his only previous start at TPC Southwind in 2016, and that suggests he’s worth a punt at a big price this time around.
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