2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship betting and DFS picks: Current form, course fit and horses for courses
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2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship betting and DFS picks: Current form, course fit and horses for courses

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Each week, including this week's 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship, Golf News Net offers PGA Tour betting picks and daily fantasy sports (DFS) lineups using our proprietary model, which is weighted toward longer-term performance.

However, we don't just use our model when making these picks. We also need to look at current form, course fits and horses for courses. This data can and should help inform our decision making, including validating things we see in the model. If everything lines up, then a player can become an auto-play. If only some parts of the equation suggest a player will perform well this week, then we may look more tepidly at investing in a player.

2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship: Tournament Model | Field | Rankings | Betting Odds and First Looks | One and Done | Current Form and Horses for Courses | DFS Picks | Cheat Sheet | PGA Tour Event History | Recent Form | Finish Database

2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship history and current PGA Tour finish trends

Finish Trends

Recent PGA Tour Trends

We start by looking at the recent past, back at players who have finished inside the top 15 in the last five individual PGA Tour events.

  • Cam Davis - 2 - T-10 3M Open, T-7 Wyndham Championship
  • Lucas Glover - 2 - T-6 John Deere Classic, T-5 Barbasol Championship, WIN Wyndham Championship
  • Emiliano Grillo - 2 - T-6 The Open, T-10 3M Open
  • Stephan Jaeger - 2 - T-13 John Deere Classic, T-14 Wyndham Championship
  • J.T. Poston - 3 - T-6 John Deere Classic, 2nd 3M Open, T-7 Wyndham Championship
  • Sepp Straka - 2 - WIN John Deere Classic, T-2 The Open
  • Cameron Young - 2 - T-6 John Deere Classic, 8th The Open

Event Finish History

We like to look for potential horses for courses with most PGA Tour events, particularly those with regular host courses. We're typically looking at players who finished in the top 15 in this particular event in the last four years.

Here are those players:

Course Fits

A player is a course fit -- or a potential course fit, at least -- if their Strokes Gained breakout when they finish in the top 25 is similar to the average for top-25 finishers at this week's event.

Our breakdown looks like this:

Putting: 31%
Tee to Green: 69%
Off the Tee: 22%
Approach: 38%
Around the Green: 9%

Fits include:

  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Nick Taylor
  • Emiliano Grillo
  • JJ Spaun
  • Sam Burns

Find course fits using our member-only tool which shows this week's course numbers relative to the field.

I've also created a new listing which helps you find correlated courses by looking at the course fit breakdown for each recurring host course on the PGA Tour.

This week's model

Check out the 2023 FedEx St. Jude Championship generic model, as well as our NEW short-term model which is available to GNN members.

My model weighs performance over multiple time frames (the last five events, 1 year and 2 years) with different weighting to strokes gained based on quality of competition.

We also have a tool for members which lays out the last field, our model and their results in the last five PGA Tour events and last five years of this week's event. Check it out!

We have also dramatically updated all of our tools with better data presentation, export and more to come soon!

Good luck this week!

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