Betting Picks for the 2021 Memorial Health Championship

| July 14, 2021 6:27 am PDT

From Colorado to the Land of Lincoln, the Korn Ferry Tour schedule rolls on into the final stretch of the season. With a chunk of household names from the KFT in Kentucky for the Barbasol Championship, this week presents a golden opportunity for guys outside of “The 25” to make a move up the list.

In case any of the young guns needed any extra inspiration, seeing 46-year-old Tag Ridings win last week for the first time in 19 years is more than enough motivation.

This marks the sixth time that Panther Creek Country Club will host a Korn Ferry Tour event, the most recent coming last September when Aussie Brett Drewitt hoisted the trophy. Looking ahead to the action in 2021, let’s get to my best picks for the Memorial Health Championship.

Memorial Health Championship Sleepers in 2021

With so many players jockeying for position in the KFT’s season-long standings, it seems to be a great time to take a stab on an under-the-radar name. With that in mind, I’ll throw out two guys priced favorably at the best golf sportsbooks who we could see spring into action over the weekend.

Taylor Montgomery (+6500)

Currently 27th on the points list, Montgomery is clawing his way back into contention after enduring a rough patch during the spring. The long-hitting UNLV product has finished 37th or better in five of his last six starts on the Korn Ferry Tour, plus he qualified for the US Open in June and participated in all four rounds (T57).

Montgomery continues to lean on a hot flat-stick; he’s leading the KFT in putts per round (27.69) and sits 3rd in birdie or better conversion rate (36.83%).

James Nicholas (+10000)

This Scarsdale, NY resident defines Memorial Health Championship sleepers to a tee. Listed at +10000, Nicholas has missed nearly as many cuts (12) as he’s made (14) on the season. Nevertheless, his best finish (T13) came right here at Panther Creek Country Club at the Lincoln Land Championship last fall.

The two-time Ivy League POY at Yale closed with a 64 at the event and is coming off a T15 at the TPC Colorado Championship. Not bad for a 24-year-old kid who didn’t start taking golf seriously until quitting the Bulldogs football team after his freshman year.

Matchup Bet – Adam Svensson (-120) Over Ben Kohles

When assessing this H2H matchup, studying recent form is one of the golf betting strategies tipping me toward Svensson. Across Ben Kohles’ last four starts – all coming in the last five weeks – he’s cracked the top-70 just once.

On the other hand, Adam has finished 18th or better in three of his last four starts. That includes a T7 last week in Colorado but doesn’t include a solo-2nd at the Evans Scholars Invitational (May 27-30).

I sorted through a few Korn Ferry Tour stats to help shine additional light on why I’m comfortable backing Svensson.

Adam Svensson vs. Ben Kohles – 2020/21 KFT Stats
Statistic Svensson’s KFT Rank Kohles’ KFT Rank
All-Around Ranking 10 31
Total Driving 18 33
Ball-Striking 10 12
Birdie or Better Conversion Rate 65 84

Does this table get you over the hump? What about the fact that Svensson is now across the threshold and will be playing with house money?

Top-10 Finish – Vince India (+350)

6th-place finishes in three of his last seven starts, Vince India strolls into Springfield with lots of positive vibes. Perhaps he left Colorado with a sour taste in his mouth after a bogey-bogey finish (India finished at -14 two shots out of the playoff), but it’s the perfect place for Vince to turn the page and keep trucking along.

Looking to make some noise in his home state, the Illinois native has produced 15 rounds of 66 or lower this season alone.

Robust results over the last two months are one reason to get on board, the fact that he averages 310.4 yards off the tee and ranks 18th in GIR are a couple more. At +350 to land inside of the top 10, this was one of my Memorial Health Championship predictions I was excited to lock in.

Memorial Health Championship Pick to Win in 2021

On the brink of locking up his PGA Tour status for next year, Taylor Moore’s game has been on cruise control for the better part of the last three months. A missed cut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am is the only instance during his last 13 starts that Moore hasn’t finished inside the top-26.

The former standout at Arkansas has racked up eight top-10s during this stretch, generating a couple of 63s and no less than six 65s.

What else makes this Taylor a sensible selection?

  • 5th in Total Driving
  • 5th in Scrambling
  • 8th in Ball-Striking
  • 16th in GIR

He’s also top-20 in par-3, par-4, and par-5 scoring average.

Pick
  • Taylor Moore
    +2000

More Golf Picks This Week

Don’t worry if you missed your opportunity to get your pre-tournament bets in for The Open. This British Open betting guide includes a section about how to get money down after the start of the event.

Once you lock in these Memorial Health Championship picks, don’t forget about the festivities taking place at Keen Trace. For predictions and betting picks for the Barbasol Championship, check out the link below.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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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