For the second straight week, the PGA Tour is back at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Last weekend at the Workday Charity Open, Collin Morikawa beat Justin Thomas in a playoff. The scores were quite low but the feeling is that the Memorial Tournament will play differently. The rough is expected to longer, greens will be faster, and the course will be lengthened.
The field is also loaded. Nine of the top 10 golfers in the world are in the field, the top 5 players in the FedEx Cup standings, and a golfer by the name of Tiger Woods.
With a stacked field, there are some juicy prices on big name golfers.
Tiger Woods (+2500)
Tiger is back and he's playing at a course he has been very successful at. Woods has won the Memorial five times, last win coming in 2012. Woods has not played in a tournament, however, since the Genesis Invitational back in February. Tiger finished last among golfers who made the cut (68th) after shooting a 76 on Saturday and 77 on Sunday. Woods did participate in “The Match” back on May 24 as Peyton Manning and Tiger defeated Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson.
Woods answered why he has not played in a tournament since the PGA Tour restarted. “I just felt it was better to stay at home and be safe,” he said on Tuesday. “I’m used to playing with lots of people around me or having lots of people have a direct line to me, and that puts not only myself in danger but my friends and family.”
Is Tiger a good bet this weekend?
Despite the rather juicy odds to win the tournament, I would steer clear. However, no one on tour likely benefited more from the time off than Tiger. He is healthy and as a fan, I would love to see him near the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon. I put a small sprinkle on Tiger to finish top 10 at +250.
DraftKings Sportsbook has a number of betting opportunities on Tiger Woods for the tournament including an odds boost to +125 for Woods to make the cut.
If you were wondering, will people be betting on Tiger this weekend? Yes. Yes, they will.
Bryson DeChambeau (+1050)
DeChambeau is currently one of the hottest golfers on the planet. He skipped the Workplace Charity Open last week after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic the weekend before at the Detroit Golf Club. DeChambeau is ranked fourth in the FedEx Cup standings and has finished top 10 in seven straight tournaments. His powerful drive is thought to not play that well at a course like Muirfield Village but the role that he is on, I’m riding with him. DeChambeau won the Memorial in 2018 but that was before he added 50 (or so) pounds.
Yes, it’s a bit of a square play but at +138, give me DeChambeau to finish top 10 this week.
Brooks Koepka (+2800)
Historically, Koepka does not play well at non-majors. Of his seven career wins on the PGA Tour, four have come at Majors (PGA Championship 2018 & 2019, US Open 2017 & 2018). Last weekend at the Workplace Charity Open, Koepka missed the cut. However, he shot 6-under (six birdies, no bogeys) over the final 10 holes in the second round. Even though the Memorial is not a major, I feel like Koepka will be motivated with the stacked field this weekend (Koepka is paired with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on Thursday and Friday).
With juicy odds, I’m rolling with the 2018 & 2019 PGA Tour Player of the Year: Koepka at +2800 to win, +550 top 5, +300 top 10.
Patrick Cantlay (+1450)
Cantlay won the Memorial last year after posting an eight-under 64 in the final round. Last weekend, he finished T-7 at the Workplace Charity Open thanks to a 65 on Sunday. At +188, I’ll take my chances that the reigning champion at the Memorial can finish in the top 10 this weekend.