Rory McIlroy will try to rebound from his disappointing early exit at last weekend’s Open Championship when he returns to action on Thursday in the WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational as a plus-900 co-favourite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Following a disastrous first round, McIlroy failed to make the cut at the final major tournament of the year. But the 30-year-old remains one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour this season, cracking the top ten in 11 of 15 outings ahead of Thursday morning’s opening-round action at the 2019 WGC – FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind.
McIlroy’s steady play has generated a pair of wins, most recently at the RBC Canadian Open, where he shot a final-round 61 to claim victory as a plus-1000 wager on the golf odds, and at the Players Championship where he paid out as a plus-1200 co-favourite.
However, McIlroy has also struggled of late at times. In addition to missing the cut at the Open Championship, which he kicked off as plus-850 chalk, McIlroy also missed the cut at last month’s Memorial Tournament, and has failed to break par in the opening round of four of his past seven tournament appearances.
McIlroy is joined at plus-900 by co-favourite Dustin Johnson, just ahead of Brooks Koepka at plus-1000, and Jon Rahm at plus-1200, while Justin Thomas rounds out the top of the odds at plus-1400.
Johnson has turned in disappointing results since posting second-place finishes at both the Masters and PGA Championship. The 35-year-old finished well off the pace at the Open Championship, claiming a share of 51st place as a plus-1600 bet, and has failed to finish better than 20th in each of his past four outings. However, Johnson enjoys a strong track record at this event, posting his second career win a year ago by a wide six-stroke margin.
Koepka is coming off another steady major tournament performance, claiming a share of fourth place at the Open Championship as a +950 second favourite at online sports betting sites. However, the world’s top-ranked golfer has finished no higher than 50th in his past three non-major tournament appearances.
Rahm settled for a share of 11th place at the Open Championship, and has missed the cut twice in four outings since posting his lone win of the season at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Other notables on the St. Jude Invitational odds include Tommy Fleetwood, who follows up his second-place performance at the Open Championship as a plus-2200 bet for this week, while U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland lags at plus-4000.