NEW FEATURE ALERT!
The Memorial presented by Nationwide has always had a major feel. It’s played at a difficult course. It has a limited and stacked field and it is Jack Nicklaus’ tourney. Just as players dream of capturing major championships, the winner of this walks off the 72nd hole to be greeted by the second-greatest golfer that’s ever tee’d it up.
With all that in mind, we decided to roll out a new feature. All of these odds are taken from FanDuel.
MAKE/MISS THE CUT
Brooks Koepka To Make Cut (-290): A lot of these odds stink. I don’t think Koepka will miss two cuts in a row at the same course. He closed his second round at the Workday Charity Open with birdies on three of his final four holes and a nice five-under 31 coming in. Brooks will be competing this weekend. Cash it!
Shane Lowry To Make Cut (-150): This was supposed to be the week that Lowry was defending The Open Championship. Outside of a sloppy third round (two-over 74), Lowry produced some decent scores at Muirfield last week. We know they are going to grow out the rough a little and the greens will run faster. Is the weather going to make the greens more receptive due to all the rain or will they play as fast as those setting up the course hope? This one is more iffy in my mind then Brooks. Cash it!
Justin Rose Top-10 (+470): Rose has a nice history at Murifield. In his last three starts at The Memorial he’s finished 13th, 6th and 2nd. I know he missed the cut at Workday last week, but HEAR ME OUT. Since the restart, Rose has switched away from Honma clubs and changed his swing coach. Despite his back-to-back MC, he’s also finished T3 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and 14th at the RBC Heritage. HE IS DUE!
Kevin Kisner Top-20 (+380):In his last start, Kevin Kisner shot a Sunday 66 to finish third at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Muirfield is a course that rewards good putting and this guys rolls the rock like an absolute stud. He ranks 25th on Tour in total putting. I don’t care that he has missed two cuts in his last three starts. I’m a what have you done for me lately type of guy. He was solid in Detroit. He has four top-20 finishes this season. Let’s make it five. This ain’t no hobby.
Tiger Woods (+116)over Dustin Johnson: Tiger, Tiger, Woods ya’ll. The GOAT is back. He has torn up Muirfield in the past (5 wins). Listen, I have no idea where Tiger’s game is right now. It’s first professional start since February. I know that golf is more fun to watch when he’s in contention and playing well. Is DJ really going to go lower than TW? Let’s ask TIGER.
Rickie Fowler (+110) over Xander Schauffele: Slick Rick for the dub. I think I hate this pick. Rickie has been all over the place since the restart and nonexistent on the weekends. He hasn’t been in the hunt in a while. Xander has been pretty solid, but since his mini meltdown at the Charles Schwab Challenge he’s played okay (a pair of top-20s). Rickie shot a Sunday 73 at the Workday and Xander ended up beating him by two strokes. I think I’ve put myself in a pretzel writing this. I absolutely hate this pick, but Rickie don’t let me down.
What a tournament we have this week, folks! Should be a lot of fun. Come back tomorrow for our preview!