WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational 2019: Best Outsider Tips and Picks for TPC Southwind

The field at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is less than half the size of that of the Open Championship, but picking the winner is just as difficult a task as it was in Northern Ireland last week.

The 63-player field at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, contains 46 of the world's 50 top-ranked golfers, with Shane Lowry and Tiger Woods the most notable absentees.

The Irishman withdrew from the event as he continues his celebrations after triumphing at the Open on Sunday. Woods, meanwhile, opted to give himself some much-needed time to recover after enduring a two-day ordeal at Royal Portrush last week.

According to Oddschecker, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are 10/1 joint-favorite to win at TPC Southwind this weekend.

However, there are plenty of other players who can be considered legitimate contenders in Memphis.

Having already analyzed the main favorites here, Newsweek has picked some players who could play the role of dark horse this weekend.

Xander Schauffele, PGA Tour
Xander Schauffele plays a shot during a practice round prior to the World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on July 24 in Memphis, Tennessee. Sam Greenwood/Getty

Patrick Cantlay

A 20/1 shot to win at Southwind, Cantlay was billed as a potential dark horse ahead of the Open but left Portrush disappointed after finishing tied for 41st.

At the same time, the 27-year-old deserves to be considered he leads the PGA Tour in scoring average and is second in overall strokes gained and fourth in strokes gained from tee to green.

Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament last month, after finishing tied for ninth at the Masters and tied for third at the PGA Championship.

Xander Schauffele

Schauffele had a fourth round to forget at the Open, shooting a 7-over-par 78 to finish tied for 41st.

However, that shouldn't detract from the enormous progress the American has made over the last two years. The 26-year-old has also clearly developed a feeling for WGC events, winning one and finishing in the top-25 in five of the eight tournaments he has played.

Schauffele is expected to be in the mix in Memphis and odds of 25/1 represent good value.

Patrick Reed

The 2018 Masters winner has finished tied for fifth and tied for 10th in two of his last three starts, a sign that the changes to his swing he implemented earlier this year might be finally paying off.

Reed is a 40/1 shot ahead of the WGC and while he's coming to form at the right time, his record at TPC Southwind is not exactly a good omen. He played what then was the FedEx St. Jude four times, missing the cut in three occasions.

He does, however, also have a fifth place finish in Memphis.

Sergio Garcia

Since triumphing at the Masters in 2017, Garcia has won two events on the European Tour but he's yet to add to his 10 PGA Tour wins. He has missed the cut at the Masters and the PGA Championship this season and was never in contention at the U.S. Open and at the British Open.

However, the no-cut format in use at the WGC offers him a chance to thrive, if he can remain consistent enough over four days. The Spaniard has been solid at WGC events, finishing in the top-12 eight times in the last six years, including a sixth place in Mexico earlier this year.

At 65/1, Garcia is a gamble but if his irons game clicks he could be in contention.