PGA playoffs begin with picks in FedEx St. Jude Classic: Best Bets for August 9

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Spain's Jon Rahm reacts on the 18th green after putting during the final day of the British Open Golf Championships at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England, Sunday, July 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

Here are our best bets for Wednesday, Aug. 9:

TOP PLAY

The play: FedEx St. Jude Classic, Jon Rahm to finish in the top 10

The odds: -110

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: Thursday through Sunday (ESPN+, Golf Channel all four days; CBS on Saturday and Sunday)

Our take: The top 70 are in Detroit this weekend to kick off the FedEx Cup playoffs, and while we’re always good for a value play on an upset or two when we’re playing a top-10 pick we usually take our best chalk play.

Here, Rahm is well-rested playing only the British Open the past six weeks (and finishing second), and he has done well here with a fifth and a seventh since 2019. He might even be a better play to win this event at +850 over Scottie Scheffler’s +600.

The winner here is going to be someone who is best this week with a balance of off-the-tee and approach, and Rahm is one of the best at both.

We like the price for a top 10 with only 70 golfers in the field and no cut.

LONGER-SHOT TOP 20 PLAY

The play: Matt Fitzpatrick to finish in the top 20

The odds: +130

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Our take: Fitzpatrick hasn’t been great as of late (but he hasn’t been bad), but he certainly knows how to play this course with a fifth, sixth and fourth over the past three seasons.

Also, it seems like he has been so good in general over the past four to five seasons that when he has a stretch of 41st, missed cut, 49th, 17th and 20th, it just seems lousy.

Great value at plus money to finish in the top 20 for a player of this caliber.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Tuesday’s best bets

MLB 5-inning play: Marlins -0.5 over Reds (LOST)

MLB total: Astros-Orioles over 8.5 runs (WON)

Tuesday’s record: 1-1

Total for the week: 1-3

Total for August: 7-11

Total for 2023: 181-205

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).

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