It has been two weeks since the PGA Championship and there are still two weeks until the U.S. Open.
The Memorial Tournament is the perfect event to be sandwiched in between two majors, because it is one of the bigger non-majors on the golf calendar. Many of the biggest names in the sport will be in action at Jack’s place in Dublin, Ohio.
As a result, I’ll end up betting this event more like a major. For me, that means targeting the best golfers in the field and betting more than a normal golf tournament. I actually bet four golfers this week, instead of my normal three per tourney routine, because I really want to have the best chance to sweat this event on Sunday.
All odds via WynnBET’s online sportsbook as of Wednesday, June 1.
The Memorial Tournament
Date: June 2 through June 5
Location: Dublin, Ohio
Courses: Muirfield Village Golf Club
Par: 72 (Four Par-3 holes/10 Par-4 holes/Four Par-5 holes)
2021: Patrick Cantlay
2020: Jon Rahm
2019: Patrick Cantlay
2018: Bryson Dechambeau
2017: Jason Dufner
Odds to win Memorial Tournament
Jon Rahm +1000
Rory McIlroy +1200
Patrick Cantlay +1600
Xander Schauffele +2000
Cameron Smith +2200
Collin Morikawa +2200
Jordan Spieth +2200
Shane Lowry +2500
Viktor Hovland +2500
Matt Fitzpatrick +2800
Hideki Matsuyama +3000
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Cameron Smith — It is hard not to start the card with Cameron Smith for an event that typically is won by one of the top players in the field. Smith ranks first in total strokes gained in this field over the last 50 rounds. Smith already has two wins in 2022, and is playing too well to have a price in the 20/1 range. He’s missed the cut three times in his last four trips here, but his game is also on a different level compared to his previous visits.
Viktor Hovland — This has been a signature win for a lot of rising stars in golf, and Hovland certainly fits that mold similar to when Bryson Dechambeau won the event in 2018. Hovland has been at his best in tougher events this year (4th at Genesis and 9th at The Players) and certainly has the game to win here. He gained 4.1 strokes with the putter during a 21st-place finish at Charles Schwab, which did help cover up his underwhelming metrics that he continues to have around the green.
Collin Morikawa — The immaculate iron play was there for Morikawa in the Charles Schwab, when he gained 5.6 strokes on approach. He just couldn’t putt, where he lost 3.4 strokes with the flatstick. We know that part of golf tends to come and go, and Morikawa is certainly someone who can rise to the occasion here. Morikawa was a runner-up at this event a year ago.
Sungjae Im — After missing the PGA Championship due to COVID, Im came back and finished 15th at Charles Schwab. It marked the third consecutive top-21 finish for Im, meaning he’s trending in the right direction. Im hasn’t played well here with back-to-back missed cuts, but his recent form has been promising enough to take a chance on him at this number.