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Afternoon, friends and degenerates! Unfortunately, the gods haven’t smiled upon us lately in a “financial-windfall” sense, but as the prophet John Hiatt reminds you, “Have a little faith in me.” After all, we aren’t 0-10. We are 2-for-10.

So — keep your chins up and your wallets open. God hates a coward, fortune favors the brave and yada, yada, yada. No one said betting your hard-earned money was for the faint of heart. When the going gets tough, you double down and keep digging…but more on that in a moment.

The PGA Tour rolls into Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic — the last hurdle to clear before U.S. Open week brings us the betting bonanza promised only by major championship golf. Now, I don’t want to be like some these bigger name stars who are already looking beyond TPC Southwind towards Wisconsin and Erin Hills, so I won’t. I’m going to do my due diligence and pick a damn winner!

If you’ve checked your faith in me at the door, I politely invite you to return to TMZ. For those on board, I thank you — you shall have that faith rewarded.

As I was saying before, Golfstradamus is doubling down this week. I’m taking some long shots. After all, the Rickie Fowler’s, Brooks Koepka’s and other prominent stars of the world are mostly filling their schedule and meeting sponsor requirements this week. They’re eyes are all on next week’s big prize. With that in mind, I’ve picked four long shots who are going to get all the action — along with one old favorite:

FedEx St. Jude Classic
TPC Southwind – Memphis, Tennessee
June 8 – 11, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Rickie Fowler 15/2
Brooks Koepka 10/1
Adam Scott 12/1
Francesco Molinari 15/1
Phil Mickelson 15/1
Daniel Berger 25/1
Russell Henley 25/1
Billy Horschel 25/1
Charl Schwartzel 30/1
Kevin Chappell 30/1
Kyle Stanley 30/1
Steve Stricker WD
Ryan Palmer 40/1
Danny Lee 40/1
Jamie Lovemark WD
Ian Poulter 50/1
Seung-Yul Noh 50/1
Peter Uihlein 50/1
Kevin Tway 50/1
Daniel Summerhays 50/1
William McGirt 50/1
Keegan Bradley WD
Rafael Cabrera Bello 60/1
Graeme McDowell 60/1
J.B. Holmes 50/1
Russell Knox 60/1
Scott Piercy 60/1
Harris English 60/1
Stewart Cink 60/1
Harold Varner III 60/1
Chris Kirk 80/1
Brian Gay 80/1
Ben Martin 80/1
Sung Kang 80/1
Smylie Kaufman 80/1
Jim Furyk 100/1
Hudson Swafford 100/1
Luke List 100/1
J.T. Poston 100/1
Chad Campbell 100/1
Nick Watney 100/1
Scott Brown 100/1
Cameron Tringale 100/1
Matt Jones 100/1
Patrick Rodgers 125/1
Bryson DeChambeau 150/1
Seamus Power 150/1
Curtis Luck 200/1
Ernie Els 250/1
Field (all others) 5/2

Mortal Locks:

Phil Mickelson — The ONLY reason I’m taking Lefty here is because he’s not playing the U.S. Open. Mickelson, famous for making us all look like shitty husbands/fathers/tippers/golfers, has uped the anti — skipping the only major he still has never won to see his daughter graduate from High School. Because of this, Phil’s eyes are set firmly on TPC Southwind and claiming his first title in this event. With a T-3 and a T-2 in his last two trips, Mickelson is great bet this week — even if he’s only getting 15/1 money.

Peter Uihlein — Another one of those can’t miss kids who came out around the time of Jordan Spieth, Uihlein has spent the majority of his time as a pro playing in Europe. This week, he planned on playing in the FedEx St. Jude Classic in hopes of getting into the U.S. Open. Instead, he made it into Erin Hills through sectionals and can play free and easy knowing he’s in next week. With that kind of freedom and the momentum he’s already coming into TPC Southwind riding, it’s hard to ignore him. At 50/1, the juice is most definitely worth the squeeze.

Graeme McDowell — This is the type of tournament Graeme McDowell would win. He’s played solidly all season, contending here and there and making cuts at a nearly automatic pace and comes into Memphis missing just one thing — a win. G-Mac is already in next week at Erin Hills (lest you forget he was the benefactor of DJ’s implosion in 2010 at Pebble Beach) so he plays this week sans pressure. His experience and recent good form is enough for me to give him a shot at 60/1.

Bang for Your Buck:  

Harold Varner III — No African American has won on Tour since Tiger Woods (gosh, that feels weird to write) but Harold Varner III could be next — and it might happen this week. He’s played consistently OK in 2017 but like so many others, possess the talent to breakthrough and win on Tour. He had a solid showing last week at Jack’s place and looks to capitalize on a field of checked-out superstars who are preparing mentally for the U.S. Open. At 60/1, I can’t be the only one whose heart is pulling him in Varner’s direction.

Cameron Tringale — Listen, it’s no secret how much of a Mac Triangles fan I am. I’ve thrown good money after bad on this guy multiple times in the past waiting for him to win. With all the factors at play, this could be the time for Tringale to finally break on through to the other side. He’s had a bit of an up-and-down season, but following a 72nd place finish at the Dean & DeLuca two weeks ago, it’s about time for an uptick on that chart. At 100/1, I’m dumb enough to get involved.

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Until next time, go and choose wisely…

 

-Golfstradamus.

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