WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational R1: Putnam to take pole

American Andrew Putnam
American Andrew Putnam can start fast
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Dave Tindall makes a case for a trio of players to go well in round one at TPC Southwind...

"Putnam won last year's Barracuda Championship so has a history of going low and he proved that skill at this course last year. After an opening 67, he fired a middle pair of 64s to take the 54-hole lead and eventually finished runner-up."

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places

Weather forecast for Memphis, Tennessee: Plenty of sunshine, temps in the mid-80s and light winds.

First-round leader history at TPC Southwind:

2018 - Seamus Power (65)
2017 - Stewart Cink, Matt Every, Scott Brown, Sebastian Munoz (64)
2016 - Seung-Yul Noh, Shawn Stefani, Tom Hoge (65)
2015 - Greg Owen, Brooks Koepka, Ryan Palmer (64)
2014 - Ben Crane (63)

Strategy: To be honest, there isn't much of one. The weather looks consistent through the day and the 64-man field means tee-times aren't spread out.

Pick Putnam

Andrew Putnam's game is in a groove after two good weeks on the links and I like him to continue his strong play with a fast start here.

The American closed 65-64 to tie for fourth in the Scottish Open and was T8 at halfway in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush before fading in Sunday's testing weather.

Putnam won last year's Barracuda Championship - the opposite event which is taking place in Reno again this week - so has a history of going low and he proved that skill at this course last year.

After an opening 67, he fired a middle pair of 64s to take the 54-hole lead and eventually finished runner-up.

Either side of that second place, he shot first-round 64s at Colonial and the Quicken Loans and that gives him appeal in this market.

Take the 50/1.

Home in on Horschel

Billy Horschel has ended the opening lap in the top seven on eight occasions in the last 11 months and can add to that record here.

Despite missing the cut at Royal Portrush, he's been in good nick with T17 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic when closing with 64 and a T9 at Memorial.

TPC Southwind has been a great venue for Horschel and he reeled off a run of 10-6-8-4 there from 2013 to 2017, shooting a 64, a 65 and a 66 along the way.

He'll enjoy this return to Bermuda greens and is worth a first-round punt at 50/1 in this limited field.

Side with Snedeker

I'll throw in a third 50/1 shot in the shape of Brandt Snedeker.

He's playing in his home state this week and clearly likes this local event having finished fifth on his second visit and tied sixth last year.

Snedeker appeals in this market due to his ability to shoot the lights out.

He did so here at TPC Southwind last year when shooting a Friday 62 while he fired a second-round 60 when fourth in Canada recently.

Tied fifth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic is another sign of his good form and let's hope his low one can came on day one this time.

Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £840
Returned: £1004.59
P/L: +£164.59

Dave Tindall,

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