The PGA Tour heads to Jack’s Place this week, with Muirfield Village Golf Club hosting the Memorial Tournament.
This course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, is one of the most renowned in the US. It’s almost 7400 yards long, so players have to drive the ball well but accuracy is more necessary with the second shot given the tricky greens.
The more compact golfing schedule this season, with the US PGA now in May, has deprived the tournament of some depth, with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka not playing.
Tiger Woods will be all the rage after his win at Augusta, and he has won five times around here. But his recent form here hasn’t been great and we would have to forgive his missed cut at Bethpage. At around 10/1 we’ll pass.
Justin Thomas is bound to be rusty with this being his first start after the Masters given an injured wrist, while Justin Rose has been a little off recently. Patrick Cantlay looks too short and Rickie Fowler doesn’t win enough, so that leads us back to the favourite Rory McIlroy.
McIlroy has threatened many times at Muirfield Village without winning, but with rain likely to soften the course this could be his opportunity.
Our second selection is a player we’ve been sweet on this year, Aaron Wise. He hits the ball a mile off the tee and this is likely to be even more of an advantage this week given the likely soft conditions.
McIlroy to win, 1 pt, at 9/1, widely available
Wise 0.5 pts each way at 90/1, 1/5 the odds for the first eight places, Paddy Power
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