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    Chris Durell

    Daily Fantasy PGA Picks and Betting Guide for DraftKings & FanDuel – FedEx St. Jude Championship

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    The Course

    TPC Southwind
    Par 70 - 7,243 Yards
    Greens - Bermuda

    **Click the image above to see a hole-by-hole breakdown from PGATour.com**

    Previous Five Winners

    *2022 was a playoff event(125-man field). 2019-2021 were WGC events & 2018 was St. Jude Classic*

    • 2022 - Will Zalatoris(-15)
    • 2021 - Abraham Ancer(-16)
    • 2020 - Justin Thomas(-13)
    • 2019 - Brooks Koepka(-16)
    • 2018 - Dustin Johnson(-19)

    Top Targets

    Rory McIlroy
    FedEx Ranking (#3)
    Vegas Odds (8/1)
    DraftKings ($11,500)
    FanDuel ($12,000)

    The top players in this field, including Rory, struggled here last year when it became a playoff event but I won't let that distract me from the fact Rory is the hottest player in golf. He enters the playoffs with seven straight Top 10 finishes including a win at the Scottish Open. The putting roller coaster ride has been a thing of the past as a bad week now is still gaining strokes on the field. The elite all-around game is led by his driving which is arguably the best on tour as he is 1st in distance and has been much better in finding fairways during this hot stretch. I look for Rory to kick off the playoffs in style and ride throughout the playoffs.

    Tommy Fleetwood
    FedEx Ranking (#26)
    Vegas Odds (30/1)
    DraftKings ($9,100)
    FanDuel ($10,800)

    From my favourite overall play to one of my favourite PTS/$ plays with Tommy Fleetwood. He hasn't quite been on the same level as Rory(who has?) but comes into the playoffs with Top 10 finishes in four of his last five events and ranks 10th in SG: Tee to Green over the last 24 rounds. Going back further, he has been one of the most consistent players on Tour in 2023 making 12 of his last 14 cuts with six Top 10's and nine Top 25 finishes. He has made the cut all three trips to TPC Southwind with a T46 in 2021, T35 in 2020, and T4 in his first trip back in 2019. He is a player I will have in my builds in all formats.

    Tom Kim
    FedEx Ranking (#15)
    Vegas Odds (40/1)
    DraftKings ($7,800)
    FanDuel ($9,700)

    In terms of course fit for this week, Tom Kim jumps off the page for a lot of reasons but it starts with his accuracy off the tee as he ranks 8th in fairways gained over the last 24 rounds and 6th in driving accuracy for the season. That leads into a strong iron game as he ranks 18th in overall SG: Approach over the last 24 rounds and 9th on the season and he really excels when laying back as he is Top 10 in Proximity from 200+ yards, as well. Kim also enters the week red-hot making the cut in four of his last five events with three Top 10 finishes. To top it off, he looked good here last year in his first trip to TPC Southwind finishing T13. I will have exposure in all formats.

    J.T. Poston
    FedEx Ranking (#48)
    Vegas Odds (50/1)
    DraftKings ($7,300)
    FanDuel ($9,600)

    This could be one of those perfect storms as Poston checks all the boxes including the narratives. He comes into the first playoff event sitting #48 in FedEx Cup ranking putting him on the bubble to advance to the BMW Championship but to be honest, he has been in playoff mode for over a month. He was sitting 84th in points after a missed cut at the Travelers and since has not only made five straight cuts but has Top 10's in four of those events. He missed the cut in his first trip to TPC Southwind back in 2017 but has since finished 30th or better in three straight trips including two Top 20's. With a stronger field, we have also seen his price drop off a cliff making him one of my top overall values this week.

    Andrew Putnam
    FedEx Ranking (#41)
    Vegas Odds (150/1)
    DraftKings ($6,400)
    FanDuel ($8,400)

    There is a very good chance Putnam will be the highest-owned player south of $7K on DraftKings this week as he also checks almost every single box. While the upside has been somewhat limited(on top 10), he has made the cut in seven straight and 10 of his last 11 events showing some terrific consistency for the price. That is great news as he now returns to arguably his favourite stop on Tour as he returns to TPC Southwind after an impressive T5 last year and he also has a T24 in 2019 and T2 in 2018 under his belt. Statistically, he fits the profile we are looking for as he ranks 13th in fairways gained, 31st in SG: Approach, and 5th in SG: Putting over the last 24 rounds. Fire up Putnam in all formats.





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