The Memorial Tournament Golf Preview
Published on 31/05/16
The Memorial Tournament is one all players want to win, and winning it means you get to shake the hand of the legendary Jack Nicklaus. This is the Golden Bear’s tournament, it’s in his hometown, and hosted by his Muirfield Village Golf Course for the 41st time this year.
The top-5 players show their appreciation of the world’s greatest golfer ever by being in attendance, though neither Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler or Bubba Watson have yet to claim a victory here.
Spieth is trending the right way having gone 63/19/3, and certainly has the mental toughness to conquer Muirfield Village if last week’s victory hasn’t left him tired. Meanwhile, McIlroy boasts one top-5 in five appearances, Fowler one in six, Watson one in nine, whilst Day’s best finish here is 27th in 7 attempts. As usual, any of them could win but there looks to be better value elsewhere.
Hideki Matsuyama 1 point each-way @ 18/1 (Betvictor) ¼ odds 5 places
Matsuyama conquered this difficult 7,392-yards layout on his first attempt in 2014, and his 5th placed finish last year was just as creditable with the pressure of being defending champion. Already a winner this year, he has continued to play excellent golf, and if he carries on that form he won’t be far away again.
Kevin Chappell 1 point each-way @ 66/1 (Skybet) ¼ odds 6 places
Chappell is one of those players that everyone is expecting to win his first PGA Tour tournament soon, and he went mighty close here in 2013. However, this year he has been much more consistent than in recent seasons, and two top-5s in his last four events shows that he’s capable of going close again.
Francesco Molinari 1 point each-way @ 100/1 (Skybet) ¼ odds 6 places
The Italian will have been disappointed to have only finished seventh at the Players, where he played some brilliant tee-to-green golf, but he has a chance to bounce back here at a venue he took an instant shine to last year when finishing third on his first sight of the course. He’ll need to hole more six-footers than he usually does, but the 100/1 price makes him worth the gamble.
Spencer Levin 1 point each-way @ 150 (Skybet, Betfred) ¼ odds 6 places
It’s probably asking a bit much of Spencer Levin to actually win the Memorial, but he was fourth here the last time he made the field. This test of accuracy should be an ideal test for him when on form, and his fourth last time out suggests he could well have targeted this tournament.
Charl Schwartzel 1 point each-way @ 66/1 (Betfred) ¼ odds 6 places
The South African has posted two top-8s here, and has been generally playing much better this year than when missing the cut last year. A world-class player on his day, he completes this week’s betting portfolio