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Many of the best golfers in the world have gotten their miles in of late between the Open Championship in England back in July and last week’s competition in Tokyo. Now 66 competitors are back on U.S. soil this week for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.
“It should be a very big bet tournament, it’s a great field,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading. “I would imagine people are probably ready for golf to be back in our time zone. I would have to think there’s some advantage for those who weren’t in Tokyo, whether it’s jet lag or travel lag. I don’t know how big, but it’d have to be a handicapping factor I would think.”
Overall, 19 of the golfers in this 66-person field were in Tokyo last week. The current co-favorites for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at William Hill Nevada, however, were not.
Brooks Koepka opened as the sole 12/1 favorite, whereas Jordan Spieth originally had the fourth-lowest odds at 16/1. Spieth has since shifted to 12/1 with Koepka, leaping ahead of Tokyo competitors Collin Morikawa (14/1) and Xander Schauffele (15/1).
“Koepka plays really well there,” Bogdanovich said. “We’re back to a course that these guys have seen a lot. Him being at the top is pretty much based on current form and course history. There’s a bunch of them all in the same range, which is what you’ll see in golf. All those guys are close. The favorite will likely depend on the venue for that week.”
Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen are all tied for the fifth-lowest odds at 18/1. Patrick Cantlay follows at 20/1, then three more golfers are at 22/1: Bryson DeChambeau, Viktor Hovland and Daniel Berger.
A couple of longshots have gotten some early notable action, though. One Nevada bettor put $500 on Harris English 60/1, and then another $500 on English at his current price of 45/1. If English were to finish in first, that bettor would collect a total payout of $53,500.
Additionally, $500 wagers have also come in on Billy Horschel at 80/1 for a total potential payout of $40,500 and Ryan Palmer 150/1 for a total potential payout of $75,500. Horschel and Palmer are now at 70/1 and 100/1 respectively.
Check out William Hill Nevada’s latest odds for the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational below.