Memorial Tournament: PGA Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 5/31/18
The 2018 Memorial Tournament
Memorial Tournament: Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Muirfield Village Golf Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, CBS
We make our first of two scheduled trips to Ohio for The Memorial Tournament, an event that debuted in 1976 and has seen playoffs in three of the last four years. Last week, four of our top five picks finished in the top-nine, including the runner-up. We had plenty of guys who gave us a chance to win but couldn’t quite cash out due to Francesco Molinari winning the tournament, a guy we had a couple times in the last few weeks. Good news is we’re inching closer and a win is bound to take place sooner or later if you believe in percentages.
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Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Justin Rose - Justin Rose should be the favorite this week, but we’re getting him with +1400 odds instead. Sign me up. Rose is coming off a victory at the Fort Worth Invitational and has finished in the top-25 in six of his last seven events. In his last six appearances at the Memorial Tournament, Rose has finished eighth or better four times. That includes a runner-up spot in 2015 and a victory in 2010. Rose is in great form and has an impressive history here.
Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy is another elite player you can get with +1400 odds, so even though they’re near the top in odds, the price is steep enough to take a shot. McIlroy continued his great form as expected in the BMW PGA Championship, finishing runner-up and now finishing 16th or better in four of his last six events. McIlroy has three top-10 finishes at the Memorial Tournament since 2010, which includes a fourth place finish in 2016. Any time I can get McIlroy and odds of at least +1000, I’m taking it.
Hideki Matsuyama - It seems like every time I put Hideki Matsuyama on the card, he bombs, but then he has decent showings when I pay him no mind. I’ll roll the dice with him this week. Matsuyama is coming off a top-20 finish at the AT&T Byron Nelson and has produced top-20 finishes in two of his last four events. Matsuyama is playing some of his most consistent golf recently and finished fifth at the Memorial Tournament in 2015 while winning this event back in 2014. There’s value with Matsuyama and odds of +3500.
Matt Kuchar - Matt Kuchar may be the best value play of the week with +4500 odds. Kuchar has missed the cut just once in his last 16 events and while he doesn’t have a ton of top-10 finishes, he consistency nibbles around the top-25 and puts together decent showing after decent showing. It’s only a matter of time before that breakthrough performance takes place. Oh, Kuchar won this event back in 2013, while finishing runner-up in 2011 and fourth each of the last two years. Take Kuchar’s grind it out form and his amazing history here, and you have a potential winner with big odds. This has to be the best play on the board.
Kyle Stanley - Kyle Stanley has produced top-25 finishes in four of his last six events and is currently fourth in both driving accuracy percentage and greens in regulation percentage. In terms of best form for golfers who have yet to win an event this season, it probably doesn’t get much better than Stanley. There’s good reason to think this stretch continues with Stanley finishing sixth in last years Memorial Tournament and third back in 2013. If you’re looking for a real long shot play this week, Stanley is worth a strong look with +8000 odds.