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the Memorial Tournament 2020 Picks and Odds

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Can Tiger be competitive in his return to PGA Tour action at Muirfield Village? Photo from Keith Allison (Flickr)
  • The PGA Tour stays in Dublin, Ohio for the second straight week for the Memorial Tournament from July 16th-19th, featuring the top-five players in the world rankings
  • As of Wednesday morning, Bryson DeChambeau had moved into the favorite over Justin Thomas at odds of +1100
  • We’ve narrowed down the golfers with the best chance of emerging victorious and provided the best value bets below

For the second consecutive week the PGA Tour’s best will tee it up at Muirfield Village, following Collin Morikawa erasing a three-stroke deficit with three to play before edging Justin Thomas on the third playoff hole at the Workday Charity Open this past Sunday.

This week the annual Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus features a stacked field with 27 of the top 30 players in the world competing – including five-time champion Tiger Woods, who is teeing it up in a tour event for the first time since the Genesis Invitational way back in February.

Last year, Patrick Cantlay picked up his second PGA Tour victory at this track and he’s among the favorites this week with a slew of world class players vying for the trophy.

2020 the Memorial Tournament Odds

Golfer Odds
Bryson DeChambeau +1100
Justin Thomas +1200
Patrick Cantlay +1400
Rory McIlroy +1400
Dustin Johnson +1600
Jon Rahm +2200
Collin Morikawa +2200
Tiger Woods +2500
Viktor Hovland +2500
Webb Simpson +2800
Hideki Matsuyama +2800
Xander Schauffele +2800
Brooks Koepka +3000
Rickie Fowler +4000
Daniel Berger +4000
Gary Woodland +4000
Abraham Ancer +4500
Patrick Reed +5000
Jason Day +5500
Tony Finau +5500

Odds taken July 15th

Tiger Back on PGA Tour Circuit

Tiger didn’t play any of the events since the Tour returned from it’s COVID-19 affected pause, and will be in his first competitive action since we saw him facing off against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in The Match.

Teeing it up at the Memorial Tournament marks his first official event since he finished dead last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational in February.

Woods did look sharp at ‘The Match: Champions For Charity’ in May, but won’t have played an official tour event for five months, because he also missed time due to injuries after that tournament at Riviera.

Normally you’d expect a player to not be on top of their game following a long layoff, but just last October Tiger won the ZOZO Championship after not competing for two months, so don’t put it past him to be in contention at a place he’s won a record five times.

Tiger Woods’ Last Four Memorial Tournament Results

Year Result
2019 T-9th
2018 T-23rd
2015 71st
2013 T-65th

He’s teed it up four times since his latest victory at Muirfield Village in 2012, making the cut all four times with two solid if unspectacular results the last two years and two forgettable showings. It’s hard to trust anybody given the lengthy layoff, but if anyone can do it, it would be Tiger.

Still, at +2500 odds, against a totally stacked field featuring 27 of the top 30 players in the world, I find it hard to go all-in with Woods this week.

Last Five Memorial Tournament Champions

Year Winner
2019 Patrick Cantlay
2018 Bryson DeChambeau
2017 Jason Dufner
2016 William McGirt
2015 David Lingmerth

*Collin Morikawa won Sunday, July 12th on this course at the Workday Charity Open

2020 Memorial Tournament Best Value Picks

  1. Viktor Hovland (+2500): Only player to make the cut in all five events since the hiatus, Hovland has been solid each week, capped off by a third place result at this course last weekend. T-23, T-21, T-11, T-12 results before then. Averaged gaining over nine shots tee-to-green in those tournaments.
  2. Daniel Berger (+4000): Has been on an absolute heater in last five tourneys, racking up five straight top-10’s, highlighted by a win at the Charles Schwab Challenge. T-9, T-5, T-4, WIN, T-3 finishes say it all.
  3. Justin Rose (+6500): Despite missing the cut at the Workplace Charity Open, still has had major success at this venue. The 2010 champ at the Memorial has also been runner-up twice here, once in a playoff (2015) and 2008 as part of seven all-time top 10’s at Muirfield Village.
  4. Kevin Streelman (+6500): Deep dive with great upside. Streelman has a runner-up and a T-7 in last two events, with the last one being at this track last weekend. Also was fourth at this tournament last year and has another second place finish in 2020 at Pebble Beach.
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