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It’s a big tournament on the PGA Tour this week, with the Memorial Tournament.
The founder of this tournament was Jack Nicklaus, back in 1976. Nicklaus designed the golf course that it plays on, which is in Dublin, Ohio. It’s the Muirfield Village Golf Club; and it has a very tight field.
Over the years, The Memorial has really had its moments. The first ever tournament went to a playoff which Roger Maltbie one after a crazy approach shot. Tiger Woods became the first and only golfer to successfully defend the tournament in 2000. Of course he then went one better – winning again in 2001.
Last year, the winner was Hideki Matsuyama who went to a playoff with Kevin Na and got the win.
Let’s check out the betting odds:
The Memorial 2015 Betting Odds:
- Jordan Spieth: 7/1
- Dustin Johnson: 12/1
- Justin Rose: 20/1
- Rickie Fowler: 22/1
- Hideki Matsuyama: 22/1
- Jason Day: 25/1
- Phil Mickelson: 25/1
- Jim Furyk: 25/1
- Matt Kuchar: 25/1
- Chris Kirk: 28/1
It’s going to be an interesting tournament. Nice to see Tiger Woods back on the course. Dustin Johnson is 2nd favourite and you have to wonder where his game is after the quadruple-bogey last week.
Let’s get to the betting tips:
The Memorial Betting Tip #1: Hideki Matsuyama
While defending your crown is bloody hard – you have the previous winner coming into it on the best form at the moment. Matsuyama has made almost every cut, and more importantly has had some exceptional finishes this season. He just came 5th in the Masters and also has a few other top 5 finishes to his name.
He was actually a bit of a heavy favourite in the tournaments at the beginning of the season, but has dropped off a bit and 22/1 is a hell of a price.
We think Matsuyama can keep his form up and stick around the top 5.
The Memorial Betting Tip #2: Matt Kuchar
Kuchar isn’t coming into this on the greatest of form but he’s been really selective about the tournaments he has played recently. After a few great positions in January he’s drifted off but came back at it on the RBC Heritage.
Kuchar has a great history on this course, and it seems made for Kuchar and his big strokes. He’s one of the most consistent golfers taking the field this week, and we hope that consistency can continue as he gets himself amongst the top 5 at The Memorial.