We make our one stop of the year in Ohio for the Memorial Tournament, an event that debuted in 1976 and is played on a course that’s nearly 7,400 yards. The Charles Schwab Challenge was a lot more entertaining than past tournaments, as Emiliano Grillo was a top-20 finisher at +5000 odds and Jordan Spieth gave us a chance to cash at +1400 odds before fizzling out on Sunday.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Matt Kuchar, +2000 - Matt Kuchar not only enters this event finishing 12th or better in each of his last five tournaments, but his track record at the Muirfield Village Golf Club speaks for itself. Kuchar won the Memorial Tournament in 2013 and has seven career top-10 finishes. Kuchar hasn’t missed a cut here since 2003 and is averaging a seventh place finish in each of the last three years. Outside of prime Tiger Woods, you could argue nobody has the track record on this course that Kuchar does. Hard putting a card together this week without including him.
Henrik Stenson, +5000 - With one of the top driving accuracy percentages in the sport, this is a course that should favor somebody like Henrik Stenson. He’s somebody who should be able to muscle his way through this course and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he’s improved his finish at the Memorial Tournament each of the last four years, which includes a 13th place finish last year. As long as Stenson can get his short game going, he should be in the thick of things this week, making these odds hard to pass up.
Rory McIlroy, +900 - Rory McIlroy has top-10 finishes in nine of his last 10 events and hasn’t missed a cut since the US Open, which is nearly a full year ago. You can expect the good form to continue with McIlroy producing a top-20 finish at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in five of his last six times he’s made the cut. His last three trips at the Memorial Tournament, McIlroy is averaging a finish of ninth place. There’s good reason why McIlroy is the favorite to win this tournament.
Patrick Cantlay, +2000 - Patrick Cantlay is possibly the hottest player in the field at this very moment, which includes top-10 finishes at the Masters, RBC Heritage and PGA Championship. Cantlay has paced himself well between tournaments and there’s no reason to suggest he’ll cool off given his recent track record. Cantlay finished fourth at the Memorial Tournament last year and is averaging a finish of 19.5 in two career appearances here. These are decent odds given his consistency.
Marc Leishman, +6000 - If you’re looking for a real dark horse this week, Marc Leishman could be your guy. Leishman has rally fallen off the wagon these last couple of months, which includes missing the cut in the PGA Championship. The good news is Leishman has missed the cut just once in 10 career starts at the Muirfield Village Golf Club and has top-15 finishes in three of his last four trips. Maybe this is the course that turns things around for Leishman and gives these odds some bite heading into the weekend.