Golf: The Memorial Tournament
Venue: Muirfield Golf Village, Ohio.
Dates: Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th June 2021
The PGA Tour continues in earnest, with attention now turning towards the remaining majors on the calendar and the Ryder Cup. Tournaments have a relatively normal look to them on the PGA Tour currently, with fans in attendance and the Memorial is one of the biggest events on the tour. First played over 45 years ago, the Memorial Tournament is one of the only events on the tour that is purely invitational and with over $9 million in the prize purse, it is hugely lucrative for all the players in the field. Previous winners of the event include Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, and Ernie Els – testament to the prestige of the competition.
Picking a winner from the vast field assembled at the Muirfield Golf Village could be somewhat of a lottery but here are our top 5 selections with BetXChange:-
Defending champion Jon Rahm has been the model of consistency on the PGA Tour for the past few seasons and he looks to be one of the men leading the field this weekend.
Fresh off the back of a second place finish last weekend, Jordan Spieth is a man in form, and he could be a shred pick in favourable conditions this weekend.
Following a solid run of form in 2021, Rory McIlroy is always good value in any event he plays and if he can bring his A-game here, he could be tough to stop.
2017 USPGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is another man in his prime on the tour and he will be looking to add another major to his ever growing list of tournaments won.
2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is the most talked about player on the PGA Tour and his big hitting could rip up the Muirfield Golf Village course.
1st Round Leader
The PGA Tour never fails to provide drama and this year’s Memorial Tournament promises to be no different.
Here are three punts at 1st round leader after Thursday’s action:-
Emerging Norwegian Viktor Hovland will be hoping to pick up a maiden PGA tour title this week and he looks to be in the form of his career so far.
American Tony Finau has been in superb nick of late and with his game looking solid, he is a real contender to get off to a flying start this weekend.
Defending Open Champion Shane Lowry fleets in and out of form on the PGA Tour but when he is on a hot streak, he can be difficult to stop.
Top 10 Finish
The Memorial Tournament is one of the ultimate tests for any golfer and there are plenty of players that have had experience at going the distance in this year’s field:-
American Xander Schauffele has been knocking at the door at the top of the world game for a while and he may well be in the mix come Sunday.
‘Captain America’ Patrick Reed is always up for the battle in the big events, and he could be a player that goes under the radar in Ohio this weekend.
Argentine Emiliano Grillo has been resurgent on the PGA Tour in recent months and having finished in the top 5 last weekend, he could be raring to go again here this weekend.
BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Jordan Spieth – 18.00
1st Round Leader: Viktor Hovland – 28.00
Top Ten Finish: Xander Schauffele – 2.00