8th June 2011, 5:49pm
St Jude Classic Betting: Form horse Toms can go in again on course he relishes
After taking in Muirfield Village and all that comes with Jack’s course, the PGA Tour moves on to the TPC at Southwind in Tennessee for the St Jude Classic this week. Lee Westwood is the defending champion this week and despite the US Open next week he takes his place in a field which I would say is weakened by next week’s major championship. Westwood won a playoff last year beating Robert Garrigus and Robert Karlsson in extra time.
The TPC at Southwind is a par 70 but at 7,244 yards it must be said it’s a long course but that is probably a good thing for those playing this week and in next week’s US Open. The greens on this course are pretty challenging so finding them in regulation will be key as will putting. Putting will be the main requirement this week on fast greens.
Given his position in the world rankings and the fact that he’s the defending champion it is no surprise that Lee Westwood heads the market this week but I’m not a player at a best price of 7/1 even in a weak or depleted field. There are plenty of players in decent touch in the field this week which makes Westwood look a little skinny, especially with the Englishman having one eye on next week. The likes of Zach Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Jonathan Byrd all know how to win on Tour but I’m sticking with the form horse this week.
David Toms was only beaten in a playoff in the Players Championship two starts ago and then two weeks ago he won at Colonial so he comes into this week nicely refreshed from a two week break but most importantly he’s in good form. This is a course he enjoys as well. He’s a two time winner of the event and he has four other top 5 finishes so he plays Southwind well and in the form he’s in he’s going to take a lot of stopping this week.
Back D.Toms to win St Jude Classic (e/w) for a 2/10 stake at 12.00 with Bet365