Teeing off from the famed Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin Ohio, the 2019 Memorial Tournament promises to live up to the hype in the leadup to next month’s US Open.
Jack Nicklaus’ greatest vision is celebrating its 43rd running on Tour this year, drawing six of the world’s Top 10 players including five-time winner Tiger Woods.
David Graham and Greg Norman are the only two Australians to have won this event, while this year’s hopes rest in the hands of Jason Day and Adam Scott.
We’ve taken a look at all the top chances as well as a few wild cards, and our complete 2019 Memorial Tournament Preview can be found below.
2019 Memorial Tournament Best Bet
Hideki Matsuyama – $23.00
It might be hard to expect much from the Japanese sensation given his recent performances, but Matsuyama still has plenty of experience at Muirfield. Despite finishing outside the Top 10 in his last five tournaments, Matsuyama has still been a fringe Top 30 player after tieing for eighth at The Players back in March. He returns to Muirfield last year’s T13, but his experience with this course dates all the way back to 2013’s Presidents Cup.
2019 Memorial Tournament Top 5 Finish
Matt Kuchar – $4.50
The Memorial’s 2013 winner returns to Muirfield on the back of a two Top 10 finishes at the RBC Heritage and the PGA Championship. Kuchar has been a popular upset pick all week, and at this price, he looks well over the odds. The 40-year-old currently sits atop the FedEx points leaderboard, while 10 finishes inside the Top 15 at this event make him a must-have in the Top 5 Finish market. The nine-time Tour winner will tee off alongside Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler hoping to reclaim the same form that saw him win the Sony Open in Hawaii back in January.
2019 Memorial Tournament Top 10 Finish
Patrick Cantlay – $2.38
Five Top 10 finishes this year has the 27-year-old Cantlay among the favourites this weekend. Tied for third at the PGA Championship a fortnight ago, the world No. 15 will be hoping to improve on his outright fourth at last year’s Memorial. With the fifth-best tee-to-green rating on Tour, the American looks hard to beat.
2019 Memorial Tournament Field
Rory McIlroy – $10.00
Back-to-back finishes inside the Top 10 sees the Irishman on top of the market this week. McIlroy has enjoyed an extended break following two brilliant final rounds at Bethpage a fortnight ago, and he’ll certainly take plenty of confidence into Muirfield after tieing for eighth at this event last year. McIlroy’s best finish at the Memorial came back in 2016 when he tied for fourth and considering he’s missed the cut only once in seven appearances, the 30-year-old looks good money to earn his 11th Top 10 finish of the season.
Tiger Woods – $13.00
The five-time winner will tee off alongside 2010 Memorial winner Justin Rose and defending champ Bryson DeChambeau this weekend. It should make for fun some viewing, especially if Tiger wins and ties Sam Snead atop the all-time PGA Tour wins list. Tiger’s last win at Muirfield came back in 2012, but since then things haven’t exactly gone to plan. In three starts since, Woods fell outside the Top 50 twice before he tied for 23rd last year. Even so, course familiarity always counts for a lot, just like we saw at Augusta last month.
Justin Rose – $17.00
The World No. 3 teased us with some strong form at the Wells Fargo after missing the cut at The Masters but has since struggled with his short game to finish outside the Top 50 at Colonial last week. Like so many others in the field though, Rose knows how to win at Muirfield. The Englishman finished -18 under ahead of Rickie Fowler back in 2010, while he’s also strung together seven Top 10 finishes. The short stuff remains a concern, but Rose still ranks 12th in putting and 21st in approach-the-green.
Justin Thomas – $17.00
A wrist injury has sidelined Thomas since The Masters. The American hasn’t won on Tour in over a year, but he still holds two Top 10 finishes during his last two appearances at this event. Thomas also ranks top five in the PGA’s approach-the-green, around-the-green and tee-to-green ratings, putting him in good stead to finish among the leaders on Monday.
Rickie Fowler – $21.00
Don’t sleep on Fowler just because he missed the cut last week at Colonial. The American finished inside the Top 50 in his previous nine tournaments prior to last week, while his recent form at Muirfield stacks up. Fowler tied for eighth at last year’s Memorial and second in 2017, while his consistency with the putter should suit this course perfectly.
Jason Day – $23.00
It’s been a mixed bag of results for the Aussie as he fights his way through a nagging back injury. Even so, the 31-year-old Ohio resident is plenty familiar with Muirfield, although it is worth noting Day has managed only one Top 25 finish (2017) in 10 appearances.
Jordan Spieth – $23.00
The comeback is well and truly on. After a slow start to the year, the three-time Major winner has bounced back with back-to-back Top 10 finishes at the PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge this month. Spieth’s best performance at Muirfield came back in 2015 where he tied for third, but after missing the cut last year, he might still be a tournament or two away.
Adam Scott – $34.00
The last Australian to finish inside the Top 5 at The Memorial was Matthew Goggin way back in 2008. Adam Scott has failed to finish inside the Top 30 in his last two visits to Muirfield, but the 38-year-old Tour veteran looks well suited to this course as he currently ranks 22nd in tee-to-green. The Aussie tied for eighth at the PGA Championship a fortnight ago, and like so many others have said, Scott is simply due for a win.
Bryson DeChambeau – $34.00
The defending champ returns to Muirfield following last year’s thrilling playoff win over An Byeong-hun and Kyle Stanley. That paved the way for a pair of back-to-back victories only two months later, but unfortunately, DeChambeau’s latest results don’t instil much confidence. The American has missed the cut in his last three starts, while you have to rewind all the way back to January’s Sony Open to find his last Top 10 finish.
Gary Woodland – $34.00
Hasn’t won on Tour since last year’s Phoenix Open, but Woodland continues to flirt with a victory. The 38-year-old tied for eighth at Bethpage a fortnight ago after carding a handy final round 68. Woodland now prepares for his ninth start at The Memorial hoping to add to his impressive resume of four Top 25 finishes.