The Memorial is one of the highlight PGA Tour tournaments and a quality field tees it up this week.
Heading the market is Spaniard Jon Rahm, but hot on his heels are the likes of Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman is paying healthy odds with the online sportsbook and he looks ready to bounce back after a poor showing at the PGA Championship.
Memorial Tournament Top Pick – Rory McIlroy
Golf bettors have a love/hate relationship with Rory McIlroy. He has been wildly inconsistent over the last few years, so he’s hard to follow.
However, he won the Wells Fargo Championship in May and that performance could be enough to see him near the top of the leaderboard.
Nothing went right for him at Kiawah Island, and the conditions didn’t suit McIlroy. He’s better suited to Muirfield and the 32-year-old is an excellent chance of bouncing back.
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Once again it was his putting that made the headlines. His putting has improved, but when they’re not dropping, they’re really not dropping. He didn’t understand why everyone had high expectations of a good finish at the PGA.
“I didn’t understand those high expectations,” McIlroy told BBC.com. “It was good to get a win at Quail Hollow, a course that I’ve always played well on and am comfortable on. But I said on Tuesday, I didn’t remember much of 2012. For whatever reason it just wasn’t a very memorable week in many ways.
“I didn’t feel like playing well here nine years ago was going to automatically make me play well again, and I felt like coming in here there were still parts of my game that I needed to sharpen up, and obviously those parts were exposed this week in the wind and on a tough course.”
Due to his past success, expectations will always be high for McIlroy. We like his chances of winning and the +1400 odds are worth taking. Golf betting markets could have had him shorter, so it’s a generous line.
Pick: Rory McIlroy +1400
Memorial Tournament Best Value – Viktor Hovland
The young Norwegian has been playing very well this season and his performance at Kiawah Island was testament to that.
He recorded a T30 finish after shooting -1 in the final round and having last week off would have done him plenty of good. He should come into The Memorial Tournament fresh, which is ideal for the 23-year-old.
Hovland finished T3 behind Rory McIlroy in the Wells Fargo Championship and T3 behind Sam Burns in the Valspar Championship, so he’s knocking on the door of adding to his PGA Tour record.
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The 2018 U.S. Amateur winner is a two-time PGA Tour winner, but both wins came when the top players weren’t in the field. The Puerto Rico Open is played during a major and the Mayakoba Classic never attracts the best players.
Therefore, Hovland has something to prove and his recent finishes hold him in good stead. We like his chances and we’re not surprised he’s paying only +1800.
Pick: Viktor Hovland +1800
Memorial Tournament Best Roughie – Charley Hoffman
The 44-year-old hasn’t won for some time but we were impressed with his performance at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Hoffman shot -5 in the final round to climb the leaderboard and finish T3 behind Jason Kokrak. It was another solid performance to back up his T17 finish at the PGA Championship.
He’s a player that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but his form this season has been incredible. The run started with a second-place finish at the Valero Texas Open behind Jordan Spieth, which was followed by four consecutive top 20 finishes.
If any player deserves a breakthrough win, it’s Charley Hoffman. He is typically around the top of the leaderboard after the first round, so bettors get a good sight over the weekend.
Hoffman is paying +5500 to win and we wouldn’t leave him off our Memorial Tournament selections.
Pick: Charley Hoffman +5500
Memorial Tournament Upset Pick – Matt Kuchar
It was only a few years ago when Matt Kuchar was paying around +2000 to win golf tournaments. Now, bettors get +11000.
The American hasn’t been playing too poorly recently and he believes his game is getting back to its best. He finished T50 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and T17 at the Byron Nelson.
He has also recorded a T12 finish at the Valero Texas Open and T18 at the RBC Heritage, so he’s having a solid year.
We think he will win another PGA tournament in the next 12 months, so why not The Memorial? He is good enough and his calm temperament is ideal for this high-pressure tournament.