The PGA Tour heads to Ohio and one of the most prestigious non-major tournaments of the season, the Memorial Tournament. Muirfield Village Golf Club, the site of the Memorial, was designed by the great Jack Nicklaus, and the event is hosted by him each year.
The event is known for its long rough, fast greens and top-flight field.
Favorites to Win 2021 Memorial
- Jon Rahm (+1000)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+1400)
- Rory McIlroy (+1400)
- Jordan Spieth (+1600)
- Justin Thomas (+1600)
- Viktor Hovland (+1800)
- Collin Morikawa (+2000)
- Xander Schauffele (+2000)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+2200)
- Patrick Cantlay (+2200)
The top of the favorites board looks like the tournament history page. Jon Rahm, the betting favorite, won this event in 2020. Bryson DeChambeau, tied for second on the board with Rory McIlroy, was the winner here in 2018. And Patrick Cantlay, who rounds out the top 10 favorites, was the Memorial champion in 2019.
Keep an eye on Viktor Hovland at +1800. He has two third-place finishes in his last three tournaments, and he is the Tour’s current scoring leader. If ever there was someone on the cusp of notching his first big win, it’s the 23-year-old Hovland.
Also, take a look at Justin Thomas. He hasn’t been in the top 10 since THE PLAYERS in March, but he’s one of the best iron players in the world, and that is the key to taming any of the Nicklaus courses. He also notched a top 5 at the Memorial as recently as 2017.
Underdogs to Consider
Louis Oosthuizen is paying +3300 in spite of his recent runner-up status at the PGA Championship. He also leads the Tour this season in strokes gained and putting. A golfer as hot as Oosthuizen shouldn’t have such good betting value.
Patrick Reed at +4000 is also a very good value play. He missed the cut last week at Colonial, but Reed actually plays his best golf following a missed cut. He missed the cut at The American Express in January, then won the very next week at Torrey Pines. He also missed the cut at the Valspar, then finished tied for sixth the next week at the Wells Fargo.
He also has been in the top 10 in two of his last four tournaments at Muirfield.
At 44-years-old and paying +5000, it’s easy to ignore Charley Hoffman. Although when you considered just a week ago, he finished tied for third at Colonial, and a month before that, he was second at the Valero Texas Open, and he’s been in the top 20 for six straight tournaments, that +5000 looks very enticing.
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