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First Round Leader Odds at 2022 Memorial Tournament

Michael Harrison

by Michael Harrison in Golf

Jun 1, 2022 · 6:41 AM PDT

Adam Scott shakes head
May 20, 2022; Tulsa, OK, USA; Adam Scott reacts after missing his putt on the third green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club tees off Thursday, June 2nd from Dublin, OH
  • Jon Rahm is the +1600 favorite over Patrick Cantlay to be atop the leaderboard after day one
  • See the best bets and odds to grab the first-round lead in the article below 

Seven of the top-ten golfers in the world are teeing it up for the prestigious Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Jon Rahm, who won here in 2020 and held a six-shot lead through 54 holes last year (before having to withdraw due to a positive COVID test), headlines the field. He’s the favorite in the Memorial Tournament odds and is joined by two-time champion Patrick Cantlay, who benefitted from Rahm’s final round absence last year to wrestle away the title.

There are plenty of opportunities for sleepers and longshots at Muirfield Village to make some noise at the Memorial held in Dublin, Ohio. In this article, we’ll explore which players have the best chance of being the leader after day one, along with what players are fast starters on Thursday’s this season.

2022 Memorial Tournament First Round Leader Odds

Golfers Odds Tee Time
Jon Rahm +1600 12:48pm
Patrick Cantlay +1800 8:00am
Rory McIlroy +2000 1:00pm
Collin Morikawa +2800 8:00am
Xander Schauffele +2800 12:36pm
Viktor Hovland +3000 12:36pm
Shane Lowry +3000 12:48pm
Jordan Spieth +3500 7:36am
Cameron Smith +3500 7:48am
Will Zalatoris +3500 8:12am
Matt Fitzpatrick +3500 12:36pm
Hideki Matsuyama +3500 1:00pm
Max Homa +4000 8:00am
Billy Horschel +4000 8:24am
Mito Pereira +4000 12:00pm

Odds as of June 1st at DraftKings Sportsbook

The forecast calls for light rain in the morning, then cloudy with showers around noon and a mix of sun and clouds late afternoon. Temperatures will be the mid 60’s in the morning, and only reaching low 70’s for the afternoon. It’ll be a less windy for the morning players with gusts around eight miles per hour, reaching mid teens for those finishing in the evening.

A benefit for those teeing it up in the morning is the exact same as it is every week – less bumpy greens with fewer players chewing them up.

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Mito Pereira a Fast Starter

Mito Pereira (12:00pm tee time) has had a really strong rookie campaign, racking up seven top-25 finishes, and he’s been especially phenomenal of late. He chased a respectable T-17th at the Byron Nelson with a near PGA Championship title, missing out on a playoff by one stroke after an untimely double bogey on the 72nd hole.

Any worry that he’d falter from that major letdown was put to rest immediately as he followed that up with a strong T-7th at last week’s Charles Schwab Challenge. He’s also made a habit of starting events strong, as he ranks twelfth in scoring on Thursday’s.

2021-22 PGA Tour First Round Scoring Average Leaders

Golfer Average Score Odds
1. Joaquin Niemann 67.64 +4000
2. Cameron Smith 67.80 +3500
3. Matt Kuchar 67.87 +6500
5. Patrick Cantlay 68.22 +1800
T-7. Aaron Wise 68.63 +7000
T-7. Patton Kizzire 68.63 +11000
9. Cameron Young 68.81 +4000
10. Jon Rahm 68.91 +1600
11. Jhonattan Vegas 68.94 +10000
12. Mito Pereira 68.95 +4000

Pereira has been striking the ball beautifully this season, ranking fourth in greens in regulation and ninth in strokes gained: approaching the green. In his 19 tournaments, he’s posted nothing worse than a 73 in his opening round, with four of the last five being a 68 or better.

  • Pick: Mito Pereira (+4000)

Adam Scott Thrives at Muirfield Village

Adam Scott (7:36am) has shown a comfort level at this track for many years now, as his worst finish in his last six attempts was T-35th in 2018. The other results are as follows: 2nd, T-4th, T-13th, T-16th, T-31st. That runner-up came two years ago, when Patrick Cantlay snatched the title away from him with a scintillating final round of 64. That week, Scott was otherworldly, gaining over 16 shots on the field tee-to-green.

Subsequently, his ‘strokes gained’ numbers at this course are exquisite.

Adam Scott’s Strokes Gained Stats Last 24 Rounds at Muirfield Village

Total Tee-To-Green Ball Striking Approach Off-The-Tee Short Game Around-The-Green Putting
2 3 3 4 10 15 24 26

Seven of Scott’s eleven opening rounds this season have yielded a score of 68 or better. He’s at the stage in his career that he’s not as consistent as he once was, but he still has three top-10’s on the campaign, and loves this venue.

  • Pick: Adam Scott (+5000)

Anirban Lahiri an Intriguing Long Shot

Before finishing runner-up at the Players Championship two months ago, Anirban Lahiri (7:24am) had been struggling mightily with his game. That fantastic finish, however, has propelled him to some solid tournaments after that. In three of the following five events he’s had a T-6th at the Wells Fargo Championship, T-13th at the Valero Texas Open and T-15th at the Mexico Open.

Even though he missed the cut at the PGA Championship in his last start, he still gained over four and a half shots tee-to-green on his competitors.

Anirban Lahiri’s Strokes Gained Stats Last Twelve Rounds

Approach Putting Ball Striking Total Tee-To-Green Short Game
2 7 12 14 26 34

Lahiri has also had success at this track in the past, finishing in a tie for second in the 2017 edition of the Memorial. As far as long shots who could pop, these odds are intriguing for a player trending upwards.

  • Pick: Anirban Lahiri (+10000)
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