Memorial Tournament Picks

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It is a strong field this week for the Memorial Tournament with seven of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Rankings expected to play. World No. 2 Jon Rahm headlines the field and he is looking for some sort of justice this year after having to withdraw last year with a big lead heading into the final round because of COVID. Reigning FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay is the defending champion but he is the third choice in the betting odds behind Rahm and Rory McIlroy. Six players are listed at odds of less than 20-1. Let’s look at Memorial Tournament picks.

 

Venue: This event is held at “Jack’s Place” which is Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. It is a par 72 that measures 7,533 yards. The course is long so mid-iron approach shots will be key this week. The fairways are generous but the greens are small, so strokes gained: approach will be a key stat to consider for this week.

 

Last Year: Patrick Cantlay won in a playoff last year to take the title. It was an official win for Cantlay, but should come with an asterisk, as Jon Rahm led by six strokes heading into the final round but had to withdraw due to a positive COVID test. Scottie Scheffler finished in third place, Branden Grace finished fourth and Patrick Reed finished fifth.

 

TV Coverage: CBS and Golf Channel

 

Memorial Tournament Odds

Jon Rahm     +800

Rory McIlroy     +1100

Patrick Cantlay     +1700

Jordan Spieth     +1800

Cameron Smith     +1900

Collin Morikawa     +1900

Xander Schauffele     +2100

Viktor Hovland     +2400

Hideki Matsuyama     +2500

Shane Lowry     +2500

Matthew Fitzpatrick     +2800

Max Homa     +3400

Cameron Young    +3500

Will Zalatoris    +3500

Sungjae Im    +4100

Joaquin Niemann    +4800

Davis Riley    +4800

Daniel Berger    +5000

Corey Conners    +5000

Mito Pereira    +5000

Seamus Power    +5500

Patrick Reed    +5500

Abraham Ancer    +5500

Jason Day    +5500

Adam Scott    +6500

Billy Horschel    +6500

Chris Kirk    +6500

Aaron Wise    +7000

Keegan Bradley    +7000

Marc Leishman    +7000

Si Woo Kim    +7500

Alex Noren    +7500

Gary Woodland    +7500

Matt Kuchar    +7500

Tom Hoge    +7500

Bryson DeChambeau    +8500

Brian Harman    +9000

 

All other players are listed with odds of 100-1 or more

 

SugarHouse Sportsbook Review

Favorite

Jon Rahm +800

A favorite almost won last week, but yet again, lost. Scottie Scheffler was in position to win last week but he couldn’t close the deal and lost in a playoff to Sam Burns. Rahm gets the dubious honor of being favored this week and bettors have been taking him. His odds were double-digits but have dropped down to 8-1. It is obvious that people are thinking Rahm will get some “revenge” after having to withdraw with a big lead last year heading into the final round due to testing positive for COVID. Perhaps Rahm will get the win this week, but he is definitely overvalued at these odds and we know that favorites in golf are a losing proposition.

 

 

Value Picks

Cameron Smith +1900

We know that shots gained on approach is going to be critical this week and guess who leads the PGA Tour? That man would be Cameron Smith. I know that he hasn’t had the greatest of success on this course, but the course has changed over the years and there is no denying that Smith is now one of the best golfers in the world. I’ll take a shot with him this week.

 

Collin Morikawa +1900

Perhaps I was a week too soon with Morikawa getting a win. I still think he is going to win soon, and you have to like his chances this week. He nearly won this event a year ago and he ranks 5th on the PGA Tour in shots gained on approach around the green. I’ll come back and take him again this week.

 

Hideki Matsuyama +2500

We know that Matsuyama is a player who is very good on approach shots and we know he can win against strong fields. I think there is some value in taking him at odds of 25-1.

 

Will Zalatoris +3500

Another player who is due to get a win is Zalatoris. He is also another player who ranks highly in shots gained on approach, as he is 3rd on the PGA Tour. It would not be a surprise at all if he won this week and we get attractive odds of 35-1.

 

Tom Hoge +7500

When I looked at shots gained on approach I was really surprised to see that Hoge ranked 7th on the PGA Tour. We know he can hit the ball a long way and distance is going to be very important this week. I think Hoge is a live longshot this week and you might even find odds on him of 100-1.

 

Check out the latest Memorial Tournament odds at SugarHouse.