Course specialist Hideki Matsuyama is our best bet for The Memorial Tournament
- 31 May 2016
2016 The Memorial Betting Preview
The 'Big Three' head to Columbus, Ohio, for The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club this week and it must be one of the most competitive betting heats of the year so far. You can throw a small child's blanket over the leading three of Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at the moment but it is a couple of the chasing pack who make our shortlist when taking to this Jack Nicklaus-designed course...
- Hideki Matsuyama boasts a scoring average of 68.875 from four rounds at The Memorial Tournament, winning the title in 2014 and finishing T5 in 2015
- Jason Day has a best result of T27 (2009) from 7 visits to Muirfield Village
- Matt Kuchar's results at The Memorial read: 13-10-5-8-2-1-15-26
|2nd June - 5th June||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
The Memorial Tournament
| Hideki Matsuyama (each way)
|@ 18 / 1|
|Rickie Fowler (each way)||@ 25 / 1|
|Robert Castro (each way)||@ 200 / 1|
Jason Day is currently the bookmakers' 13/2 favourite for a fourth tournament win of the year but the Australian's record at Muirfield Village is indifferent as he has missed the cut in three of his seven appearances there, with a T27 his best effort from way back in 2009. Day is obviously a different beast nowadays and he can take confidence from the fact he won 3.5 points in a losing cause for the International Team when they took on the USA in the 2013 Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village.
Rory McIlroy's record is better as he has racked up three top-fifteens in five outings in Ohio and the recent Irish Open winner is a 7/1 shot after taking a week off.
Jordan Spieth is then 15/2 for back-to-back wins after he finally won a tournament in his home state of Texas on Sunday. Spieth's success at Colonial was impressive as he is still yet to hit top gear and he demands respect at Muirfield Village, where he seems to be getting to grips with the track having finishing 63-19-3 in his last three there.
Horse For The Course
The in-form Matt Kuchar (25/1) also warrants respect as a 25/1 chance as the 2013 Memorial champion's recent results in this tournament read: 13-10-5-8-2-1-15-26 and he heads into this renewal off the back of three successive top-six finishes on the PGA Tour (3-3-6).
Our first selection for the week is Hideki Matsuyama (18/1 with Bet Victor) as we are adamant that he, along with Rickie Fowler, will be pushing 'The Big Three' close during the next few years and the Japanese star certainly has a close affinity with Muirfield Village. The 2014 Memorial champion followed up with a T5 twelve months ago and he boasts a scoring average of 68.875 from eight rounds there. It is a venue that plays to his strengths as greens in regulation and par-4 scoring are key statistics to look out for in this event, with Matsuyama ranking 11th for GIR percentage and 5th for par-4 performance on the PGA Tour this year.
The Phoenix Open winner is making his first start since tying for 7th at The Players and he is well positioned to build on a fine recent run that has seen him finish no worse than 11th in his past four starts.
Tip #1: Hideki Matsuyama (each way) @ 18/1 with Bet Victor.
The aforementioned Fowler also makes our shortlist as he ranks 5th for GIR and 2nd for par-4 performance on the tour this term. Fowler has blown hot and cold at Muirfield Village as he led after three rounds on his debut here in 2010 before eventually finishing runner-up, although he has since missed three successive cuts. The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship winner has quietly racked up four top-tens during 2016 and he enters our plans as a 25/1 shot (Ladbrokes).
Tip #2: Rickie Fowler (each way) @ 25/1 with Ladbrokes.
The Outside Bet
Finally, Robert Castro looks a massive price at 200/1 and David Lingmerth showed here last year that big-priced Memorial winners are not uncommon. Castro finished 21st on debut here in 2013 and he arrives in decent enough nick having lost out in a play-off at the Wells Fargo Championship recently. Castro, who ranks T15 for par-4 scoring performance and 20th for GIR on the tour this year, could well defy a triple-figure price this week.
Tip #3: Robert Castro (each way) @ 200/1 with Unibet.