PGA Golf 2013 Memorial Tournament
Thursday, May 30-Sunday, June 2, 2013 TV: Golf Channel, CBS
Muirfield Village Golf Club – Dublin, Ohio
Par 72 – 7,265 yards
Defending Champion: Tiger Woods
All Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Two weeks before the US Open at Merion in Pennsylvania, many of the world’s top golfers are playing in the Memorial this week at Muirfield. The Memorial always draws a strong field because it is hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Muirfield has hosted the tournament since 1976 and also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1987 and the 1992 US Amateur Championship.
Here is a look at some of the contenders and their odds to win along with some head to head match-ups I like with all odds courtesy of Bookmaker,
Tiger Woods (9/4)
Tiger has won this event 5 times, including last year. He also has 3 other top 5 finishes in the last 13 years. Woods also leads the FedEx Cup standings with for wins in 2013, including his last start at the Player’s Championship which is considered to be golf’s fifth major. Muirfield caters to golfers with a good short game and who are accurate off the tee. Tiger certainly fits both of those categories. Four times in PGA history has a golfer hit all 72 fairways in a tournament and 3 times it happened at Muirfield. Tiger leads the PGA tour in several categories including stokes gained putting and adjusted scoring. It is hard to pick anyone but Tiger which is why he is a heavy favorite. Woods is -235 to beat Rory McIlroy. I like Tiger to win his sixth Memorial and obviously to beat McIlroy.
Rory McIlroy (16/1)
McIlroy has 4 straight top 25’s on US soil, including a top 10 at the Players. He missed the cut last week at Wenteworth on the European tour. McIlroy had top 10’s at Muirfield in 2010 and 2011 before missing the cut last year. He is +185 to beat Tiger.
Matt Kuchar (16/1)
Kuchar is third in the FedEx Standings with a win, a runner up last week at Colonial, and 8 other top 5 finishes. He has 4 straight top 10’s at the Memorial. Kuchar is in the top 25 in scrambling, adjusted scoring, and strokes gained putting. If anyone can ebat Tiger i think Kuchar has the best shot. Kuchar is a good bet at +150 to beat Adam Scott though.
Adam Scott (20/1)
Scott has only played 6 tournaments in the US in 2013, but he does have 3 top 10’s in those starts. Scott won the Masters in a playoff for his first major title. Scott has 2 top 5’s in his career at Muirfield and had a top 20 last year in the Memorial. Scott would be second in adjusted scoring if he played enough to qualify. Scott is -180 to beat Kuchar.
Justin Rose (20/1)
Rose has 6 top 25’s in 7 starts this season, including 3 top 5’s. He finished second to Tiger at the Arnold Palmer. Rose is in the top 15 on the PGA Tour in total driving, greens in regulation, adjusted scoring, scrambling and sand saves. Rose won this event in 2010 and also has 4 other top 15’s at Muirfield. I like Rose at -170 to beat Brandt Snedeker.
Lee Westwood (25/1)
Westwood has 5 straight 10’s worldwide, including a tie for 9th at the BMW Championship on the European Tour last week. He has 5 top 10’s in 10 PGA starts this season. He is 15th in adjusted scoring on the PGA tour. Westwood has only played in the Memorial one time and not since 2003. Westwood is -110 to beat Keegan Bradley.
Luke Donald (28/1)
Donald has 2 top 10’s in 7 PGA events this season. He is in the top 20 in strokes gained putting and adjusted scoring. He missed the cut at the BMW last week despite being the two time defending champion at the event. Donald has 4 straight top 15’s at the Memorial. Donald is is good play at +107 to beat Charl Schwartzel.
Charl Schwartzel (30/1)
Schwartzel has 3 top 10’s in 9 starts this season. He missed the cut at Colonial last week. He has made 5 straight cuts at the Memorial including a top 20 last year. Schwartzel leads the tour in three putt avoidance. He is -137 to beat Donald.
Brandt Snedeker (30/1)
Snedeker is the defending FedEx Cup champion and is second in the standings this year. Snedeker has a win at pebble beach and runner-ups at Torrey Pines and Phoenix. He hasn’t played since the Players where he tied for 8th. He is fifth in adjusted scoring and in the top 15 in greens in regulation and strokes gained putting. He has never made the cut in five previous trips to Muirfield. He is +140 to beat Rose head to head.
Keegan Bradley (33/1)
Bradley has 6 top tens in 14 starts this season, including a runner up at the Byron Nelson, his best finish of the year. He is 11th in adjusted scoring. Bradley has missed the cut in his first two trips to Muirfield. Bradley is -120 to beat Westwood. I like Bradley in that match-up.
Dustin Johnson (33/1)
Johnson won the season opening Tournament of Champions. He hasn’t played since the Players when he withdrew with a back injury. He had 3 straight top 15’s before that. Johnson has never missed the cut at the Memorial and has 3 top 20’s.
Nick Watney (33/1)
Watney has 2 top 10’s this season but missed the cut at the Players’s in his last event. Watney has also missed the cut his last two trips to Muirfield. Watney is +120 to beat Jason Day.
Other contenders include Jason Day, Webb Simpson, and Jim Furyk (all 40/1), Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Billy Horschel, and Bo Van Pelt (all 50/1), Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, and Kevin Streelman (all 60/1). The field is +125.
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