Before we get into The Memorial Tournament 2022 betting preview, let’s take a look at what happened the previous week.
Another week and another tournament that needed more than 72 holes before we could name a champion. Scottie Scheffler battled his way down the stretch to force the playoff at Colonial, only to lose to Sam Burns on the first extra hole.
That exciting finish followed the exciting end to the PGA Championship, and it all sets us up for Jack Nicklaus’s tournament at The Memorial this weekend.
It’s not quite the field we had at the PGA, nor what we’ll see at the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks. But this is one of the bigger non-majors of the season, and many of the best golfers are in Ohio at Muirfield Village to tee it up.
Favorites to Win The Memorial
- Jon Rahm (+1000)
- Rory McIlroy (+1100)
- Patrick Cantlay (+1600)
- Xander Schauffele (+1800)
- Collin Morikawa (+2000)
- Jordan Spieth (+2000)
- Cameron Smith (+2200)
- Matt Fitzpatrick (+2500)
- Shane Lowry (+2500)
- Viktor Hovland (+2500)
Flashback to a year ago, and Jon Rahm is almost a certain winner as he mowed through the field through three rounds. Then he tested positive for COVID-19, and by rule, he was forced to withdraw. Patrick Cantlay went on to win at -13, while Rahm had to watch on television sporting his -18 through 54 holes.
Do you think Rahm is ready to get back after this course? You bet he is, and this is why he is one of the top bets to win The Memorial.
Rory McIlroy has yet to put together four great rounds in a row, but the flashes of the old Rory that we’ve seen over the last few weeks makes it seem like that complete tournament win is just around the corner. He has a pair of top-10s at The Memorial, but he has played better here than his final results would indicate.
In his last three tournaments, McIlroy was eighth at the PGA, fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship, and second at the Masters.
As mentioned above, Patrick Cantlay is the defending The Memorial Tournament champion here, even if his 2021 tournament win was tainted because of the forced withdrawal of Rahm. But he also won here in 2019, and he shot a -19 that year. There is no asterisk next to that victory.
Yes, he was atrocious at the PGA Championship, missing the cut at +11. But in his two tournaments before that, he was the winner in New Orleans and the runner-up at the RBC Heritage.
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