The PGA Tour will visit the ‘Home of Blues’ this weekend as it stops off in the Volunteer State. TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, will play host for this week’s tournament. This event also happens to be a WGC tournament, making quite valuable for the money list and World Golf Ranking points.
This event was born when FedEx became the title sponsor of the WGC Invitational, formerly sponsored by Bridgestone. The Bridgestone contract ended in 2018. FedEx took over in 2019 and moved the event to Memphis, effectively marrying the Classic, which took place in June, and the WGO invitational event.
Let’s take a look at this week’s arena.
Southwind is traditionally a favorite course of the pros. The course isn’t overly lengthy, coming in at 7,244 yards for the tournament. The course is very straightforward, speaking from experience. There is water affecting about 6 of the holes, most notably on the par-4 18th hole.
Driving accuracy is important this week since Southwind features extremely thick rough.
Let’s talk about who should fair the best this week.
Let’s talk about our weekly picks.
After a hiatus last week, the stars will return this week for the smaller field (only 75 players qualify for the event).
This week’s favorite, according to Vegas, is Jon Rahm at 11-1.
Rahm has performed decently over the years in Memphis, but not well enough to crack into my picks this week.
My “Best Bet” for the week is Rory McIlroy at 11-1.
Rory has always done well at this event. He has said before that this course suits his eye well. After a week off, I expect Rory to be in the mix come Sunday.
This week’s “Dark Horse” is none other than Brooks Koepka at 33-1. Brooks won the event last year. I believe after the three weeks rest; he has had to get his body right; he will look like a different golfer. Couple the rest with experience at Southwind, and this sets up a potentially big week for Koepka.
Last but not least, we have Kevin Kisner as our “Long Shot” at 125-1.
Kisner is consistently in the top-20 of every tournament he plays. After a week of rest, this tournament is a golden opportunity for “Kis” to get the job done.
There you have it y’all.
Run to your bookie and lock these in.
Where to watch
Here is how to catch the action this weekend.
Thursday, July 16: 2:00-7:00 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Friday, July 17: 2:00-7:00 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday, July 18: 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 2:00-6 p.m. ET (CBS)
Sunday, July 19: 1-3:00 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); 3:00-7 p.m. ET (CBS)
As always, a majority of the action can be caught on PGA Tour Live via the NBC Gold App.