With a field that includes Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm, this week’s Memorial Tournament doesn’t need any added drama.
But if you’re looking to add some anyways by wagering some of your own hard-earned cash, you’ll want to invest wisely. With that in mind, here are the five top picks at Muirfield this week.
Looking to finally escape the “best player without a major” conversation at the U.S Open in just a couple weeks, it’s a safe bet that Rickie Fowler has been working hard on sharpening his game throughout May. He currently ranks 9th on the PGA Tour in strokes-gained: tee-to-green, and has been unflappable on the greens, ranking 7th in strokes-gained: putting. He has only played two tournaments since playing in the final pairing at the Masters, so he should be fresh, too. Checking in with 25/1 odds, it may be worth taking a long look at investing in Rickie.
If, however, you’re not sold on a guy who has missed three straight cuts at the Memorial, then Fowler is not the horse for you this week. In this case, Brooks Koepka might be a nice alternative. Koepka should be able to take advantage of Muirfield’s wide fairways, averaging 305.7 yards per drive this year. Brooks has also been solid on the greens this year, picking up nearly a half stroke (.483) on the field. With 30/1 odds, a small wager on Brooks might pay large dividends.
Following up his first (and only) career victory last year with four top-10 finishes in the first half of this season, Tony Finau has established himself as a contender on Tour. With two missed cuts in his last four starts, he can be had for a discount this week at 40/1.
Another good get at 40/1 this week is Justin Thomas, who already has three wins and six top-10s–and don’t forget, a 59–on Tour this season. Justin hits it as far as anybody, averaging 305.3 yards off the tee, and ranks 8th on Tour in strokes-gained: total.
If you pay close enough attention, you might notice some similarities between Muirfield Village and Augusta National. Jack Nicklaus insists Augusta National influenced his design of Muirfield. If that’s enough evidence for you to take a waiver on someone, look no further than two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, who can be had for 100/1 this week. Bubba’s driving distance is 11th on Tour this season, and if he can get hot with the putter, he just might deliver a nice payday.
There’s never a lack of exciting bets on Tour. There is one, however, that should be avoided–as tempting as the name may be–is Dustin Johnson at 5/1. Single-digit odds against a full field of professional golfers is not a wise bet. If you decide to create some extra drama for the Memorial Tournament this week, may the odds be ever in your favor.