Well, that sure was entertaining, and yet the party at Muirfield Village is just getting started.
If you were invigorated by Sunday’s finish at the Workday Charity Open, all I can say is buckle up for the upcoming weekend.
Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson have decided to join in on the fun, each coming off a victory in their last respective start. Rory McIlroy is back after a two-week hiatus, while Daniel Berger hasn’t shot over par in competition since the middle of October.
Nevertheless, the major storyline brewing in Dublin is the return of Tiger Woods.
Let’s begin this betting preview with a peek at the odds before moving on to my Memorial Tournament prediction and pick for 2020.
Memorial Tournament Odds to Win
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Saying this week’s field is loaded with superstars might be the understatement of the century. With that being said, the top golf betting sites can’t ignore the tear that Bryson DeChambeau has been on since play has resumed.
The “Mad Scientist” heads the Memorial Tournament odds at +1000, although JT is breathing down his neck after his runner-up performance. Rory McIlroy is at +1200 in some spots but was installed at +1400 at BetOnline.
Seeking his sixth victory lap at Jack’s Place, Tiger can be backed at +2200.
What Happened at the 2019 Memorial Tournament?
Martin Kaymer held the 54-hole lead, and Adam Scott made a late charge in the final round.
However, Patrick Cantlay utilized a bogey-free 64 Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club to chase them down and earn a handshake from the Golden Bear as he walked off the 72nd green. The win vaulted Cantlay into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) — a distinction he has comfortably held ever since.
Jordan Spieth finished 7th, Tiger tied for 9th, and a host of world-class players failed to qualify for weekend play. Among those who missed the cut were Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Thomas. Worth mentioning, Thomas was well inside the cut line before blowing up with a back-nine 44 on Friday.
Last Year’s Winning Score: -19, 269
Last Year’s Cut Line: +1 (145)
My Memorial Tournament Pick
This isn’t the first time I’m picking Xander Schauffele to win a golf tournament, and you can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be the last.
With 14th at the 2019 Memorial Tournament and 14th last week at the Workday Charity Open, the 2018 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year garnered a ton of momentum over the weekend at Muirfield Village.
After holing a 10-footer for birdie on his final hole Friday just to make the cut, Xander shot six-under-par on Saturday to get his juices flowing. And despite being +2 thru 11 holes on Sunday, Schauffele birdied four of his final six holes to close with 70.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle due to how many big names are present, let’s not forget that “X-Man” tends to play his best golf in the biggest events.
Remember, Xander’s one of the premier ball-strikers on tour, and I’d like to point out that he gained nearly six shots on the field with his putter last week.
More Memorial Tournament Betting
Making a Memorial Tournament prediction is one way to win money betting golf online. Another way is to take a flier on a few Memorial Tournament sleepers. Speaking of the guys flying in under the radar, I’ll showcase five extreme value plays in the next post that appears on our golf blog.
After that, it’s on to DFS picks and matchup predictions.
Considering how exhilarating the golf was last time out, there’s no way I’m missing out on this week’s action.
As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.
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