- The PGA Tour heads back to Muirfield Village for the Memorial Tournament from July 16th-19th with a loaded field – presenting some great bets for head-to-head matchups
- Daniel Berger, Abraham Ancer and Adam Hadwin are some of our favorite plays in their matchups in Dublin this weekend
- Read below to find matchup odds and picks for the 2020 Memorial Tournament
For the second week in a row, the PGA Tour is at Muirfield Village, this time for Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament. Collin Morikawa emerged victorious last week in Dublin, Ohio after withstanding a tough battle against Justin Thomas in a playoff.
Although Tiger Woods is making his return to Tour play, the focus is still floating around the two favorites for this week, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau.
Although Muirfield Village is a long course at 7,400 yards, all types of golfers have found success at the course. We’ve pinpointed the player matchups with the best value for this upcoming week.
Daniel Berger/Patrick Reed Matchup Odds
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All Odds Taken July 15th
Berger’s Breakout Win?
Daniel Berger has won three events in his PGA Tour career, with his most recent win coming at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Berger has been playing great golf recently and this could be the week where he wins his most substantial tournament.
Berger’s matchup against Patrick Reed comes at no better time. Reed has been struggling since the return of the PGA Tour. In Reed’s last four starts he has two missed cuts, a 24th placed finish, and a 39th place finish at the Workday Charity Open last week.
Berger is coming off three weeks rest, however, with his worst finish in his last five starts coming as a ninth-place finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February. Amongst this field, Berger is first in Strokes Gained: Tee to Green, third in Strokes Gained: Approach, and first in Strokes Gained: Total.
— Ben Heisler (@bennyheis) July 14, 2020
If there is a week to wager on Berger it’s this week in Ohio. Although it was a couple of years ago, Berger finished 2nd at PGA National, which is also a Jack Nicklaus design. With Berger well-rested and confident heading into this week, he should have no problem handling Patrick Reed.
Pick: Daniel Berger (-120)
Abraham Ancer/Matthew Fitzpatrick Matchup Odds
Ancer Developing Under Pressure
Abraham Ancer had one hell of a week at the RBC Heritage a couple of weeks ago finishing in second with a total score of 21-under par. Ancer hit every green in regulation in his final round at Harbour Town, but his proximity to the hole and putting were not good enough to secure the victory.
Ancer’s matchup this week is against Matthew Fitzpatrick. The Englishman has not been able to find his swing since the resumption of the PGA Tour. In Fitzpatrick’s last two starts, he missed the cut at the Travelers Championship and finished 27th at the Workday Charity Open last week.
Fitzpatrick has one other start at Muirfield Village in last year’s Memorial Tournament where he finished 68th. Ancer has two average starts at the Memorial, however, he has shown flashes of greatness in Ohio. In 2018, Ancer was the co-first round leader alongside Joaquin Niemann and Hideki Matsuyama shooting a 7-under par 65.
Like Berger, I believe this could be a destination for Ancer to win his first substantial tournament. The former Oklahoma Sooner has always played and putt well on Bentgrass/Poa Annua mix. After taking the last two weeks off to prepare for the Memorial, Ancer should be able to take advantage of his pure ball striking and driving accuracy on such a long course.
Pick: Abraham Ancer (-137)
Adam Hadwin/Kevin Kisner Matchup Odds
Hadwin is Coming Around the Corner
Canadian golfers have started to burst onto the scene recently and Adam Hadwin has been one of them. The Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan native has been in good form recently.
A fourth-place finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and tied-35th at last week’s Workday Charity Open lets Hadwin carry some momentum heading into this week.
4 Canadians are inside the top 50 of the FedEx Cup rankings:
25 Nick Taylor
43 Adam Hadwin
46 Mackenzie Hughes
49 Corey Conners
— Bill Cooney (@BillCooney) June 29, 2020
Although a 35th place finish isn’t glamorous for any PGA pro, Hadwin did have rounds of 66 and 68 at Muirfield Village last week. Since the Charles Schwab Challenge, Hadwin is ninth in Strokes Gained: Putting and 10th in Strokes Gained: Total.
Kisner has been very inconsistent in the last few weeks, but he has played quite well at Muirfield Village in the past. In 2015, Kisner finished eighth and in 2017 he finished sixth at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio. However, his last two starts have been disappointing finishing 74th and 41st.
I don’t believe Kisner has found his groove just yet since the return and I believe Hadwin will be able to play four consistent rounds of golf after showing flashes of great golf last week.
Pick: Adam Hadwin (-137)
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