|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Tuesday, 09 June 2009 09:10|
Golf betting handicappers will have an extra special treat this weekend for the St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind from Memphis, TN as Phil Mickelson will be in the field. Golf betting fans were saddened to learn that Mickelson’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last month and the St. Jude Classic will be his first event since the news broke.
The golf betting tournament has a total purse of $5.6 million and a winning share of 1,008,000 with a total of 500 FedExCup points on the line. The defending champion of the St. Jude Classic is Justin Leonard, who won in a
Mickelson has entered this golf betting event in preparation for next week’s US Open. He is currently ranked 6th in the FedExCup standings and has played in 10 golf betting events this year. Mickelson has made the cut in 8 out of those 10 tournaments and has posted 2 wins as he won the Northern Trust Open and the World Golf Championships-CA Championship. Mickelson is 2nd in the Official World Golf Rating.
Also in the golf betting field this weekend will be Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Camilo Villegas and THE PLAYERS champion Henrik Stenson.
Leonard is currently ranked 33rd in the FedExCup standings and is ranked 32nd by the Official World Golf Rating. He has made the cut in 11 out of 14 golf betting appearances this year and has 4 top 10 finishes. He has 12 career wins out of 415 events played. Leonard has won $1,254,068 so far this year. His best finishes in 2009 were 5th place in the Mercedes-Benz Championship, the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, and the Valero Texas Open.
Tiger Woods will not be in the golf betting field after his thrilling come from behind win last weekend at The Memorial. Woods shot a 7-under 65 in Sunday’s final round to edge out Jim Furyk by a single stroke. It was Wood’s 2nd win of the year and 67th of his career and makes him the favorite for the upcoming US Open.