The tour finally makes its way north as summer is starting and tees it up at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio for The Memorial Tournament. This is always a strong field and with the new schedule will be the last competitive warm up for some guys before the U.S. Open in two weeks.
Whose Teeing Off
We took a week off after the PGA Championship but the big names are back out here. Tiger Woods won’t be taking a month break between starts after missing the cut at the PGA. He’ll be teeing it up here and reportedly at the RBC Canadian Open next week before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Along with Tiger big names like Rory, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Hideki, Jason Day, Schauffele, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, and defending champ Bryson DeChambeau will be here. Also, Justin Thomas will be making his return here after missing the past few tournaments with a wrist injury.
The Memorial, just like this year, usually has some strong fields but that hasn’t resulted in big names dominating this tournament. In fact, nobody within the top 20 in betting odds has won this tournament since Matt Kuchar in 2013. Kuchar, as a great record here by the way. Let’s look at some winners for the past five years, and then let you now about guys who have played well here.
- 2018: Bryson DeChambeau (-15) (60/1 Odds)
- Runner Up: Byeong Hun An, Kyle Stanley (Playoff)
- 2017: Jason Dufner (-13) (66/1 Odds)
- Runner Up: Rickie Fowler, Anirban Lahiri (-10)
- 2016: William McGirt (-15) (200/1 Odds)
- Runner Up: Jon Curran (Playoffs)
- 2015: David Lingmerth (-15) (400/1 Odds)
- Runner Up: Justin Rose (Playoff)
- 2014: Hideki Matsuyama (-13) (66/1 Odds)
- Runner Up: Kevin Na (Playoff)
Again for this we’ll just be looking at finishes in the past five years, and we’ll start with one of the favorites in Rory. Rory finished T8 last year and T4 in 2016. 2014 he finished T15. Although Rory has played good here, and has finished strong in tournaments this year – he hasn’t really been in contention.
- Justin Rose has a T6 in 2018, and T2 in 2015. A missed cut in 2014 and didn’t play the other two years.
- Justin Thomas has gone T8, T4, MC, MC, T37.
- Kuchar who I mentioned has played great here as gone T13, T4, T4, T26 and T15 in 2014.
- Rickie Fowler has had a good past two years going T8 and T2. The other three years, missed cuts.
- Spieth has been erratic here. MC last year, then T13, T57, T3 and T19 in 2014. He’s been playing better but I am not sure you can trust him this week.
- DeChambeau has his win here last year, and then T38 in 2016.
- Phil Mickelson has gone T13, T22, T20, T65, and T49.
- Tony Finau has also played well here. T13, T14, T11, and T8 in 2015.
- Hideki has his in 2014 and finished T5 in 2015. But since 2015 he’s gone MC, T45, and a T13 finish last year.
- Jason Day has an Spieth like record here too, which is odd because this is his “hometown” course. T44, T15, T27, MC, and T37 in 2014.
- David Lingmerth, who won here in 2015 hasn’t finished worse than T30 since 2014.
- Kyle Stanley has two top 10s in the past two years, including second last year.
- Keegan Bradley has gone T23, MC, T8, T8, and T37 in 2014.
- Kevin Kisner has been erratic here as well. MC last year, then T6, then MC, then T8, then T46.
- Finally, we gotta mention Tiger. He’s won here five times, 199, 2000, 2001, 2009, and 2012. He finished T23 here last year, and T71 in 2015.
Muirfield is a Jack Nicklaus course that was designed by him and Desmond Muirhead in 1974. It is a 7,392 yard Par 72. All four Par 5’s are going to be great birdie chances for the players, the course is tree lined for much of it and features 77 different bunkers and water in play on 11 of the 18 holes. This is a course where it’s more important to be accurate off the tee rather than be able to hit the ball a country mile.
One & Done: Patrick Cantlay. Form? Very good. Top 10 last three starts. Course record? T4 last year, T35 the year before. Solid young player that is just waiting to win. We’ll use Cantlay while he’s playing well.
Betting Winner: Patrick Cantlay (+1600), Keegan Bradly (+8000), Tony Finau (+2000), Xander Schauffele (+2500)
Top 10: Patrick Cantlay (+160), Phil Mickelson (+500), Luke List (+700), JB Holmes (+1200),
- Patrick Cantlay
- Keegan Bradley
- Matthew Fitzpatrick
- Luke List
- Xander Schauffele
- Marc Leishman
One & Done History:
- Waste Management Open: Matt Kuchar – $293,467 (T4)
- Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Shane Lowry – $0 (Missed Cut)
- Genesis Open: Hideki Matsuyama – $177,600 (T9)
- WGC-Mexico: Jon Rahm –$65,000 (T45)
- The Honda Classic: Sergio Garcia – $183,700 (T9)
- Arnold Palmer Invitational: Rickie Fowler – $35,000 (T40)
- The Players: Jason Day –$350,000 (T8)
- The Valspar Championship: Webb Simpson – $0 (Missed Cut)
- WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play: Brooks Koepka – $53,000 (T53)
- Valero Texas Open: Bud Cauley – $0 (Missed Cut)
- The Masters: Paul Casey – $0 (Missed Cut)
- RBC Heritage: Xander Schauffele – $15,559
- Zurich Classic: Patrick Reed –$0 (Missed Cut)
- Wells Fargo Championship: Tony Finau – $17,064 (T60)
- AT&T Byron Nelson: Keith Mitchell – $17,301
- The PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy – $264,395 (T8)
- Charles Schwab Challenge: Kevin Kisner – $0 (Missed Cut)
- The Memorial Tournament: Patrick Cantlay –