Best Bets to Win the 2020 Memorial Tournament
Although it isn’t a major, the Memorial is on the next tier in the eyes of golfers on the PGA Tour. Since its creation by the legendary Jack Nicklaus in 1976, this has been one of the most prestigious events on the schedule, and there will be a loaded field for this event. All the top golfers will be headed to Ohio for the Memorial, including five-time winner Tiger Woods. This will be the first PGA Tour event that Woods has played since he participated in The Genesis Invitational in mid-February.
Event: The Memorial Tournament
Category: PGA Tour
Date: July 16-19, 2020
Location: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
Past Five Winners
2019: Patrick Cantlay -19
2018: Bryson DeChambeau -15
2017: Jason Dufner -13
2016: William McGirt -15
2015: David Lingmerth -15
For the first time in more than 60 years, the PGA Tour will hold events at the same golf course in consecutive weeks. The Workday Charity Open was held on this course last week, so many players will have familiarity with Muirfield’s intricacies.
There are some noticeable differences in how the course will play though. Groundskeepers made Muirfield easier to play for last week’s event, but this week’s Memorial will be trickier and is unlikely to see a winner shoot 19-under like Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas did at the Workday Charity Open.
The rough will be grown out an extra half-inch, and green speeds will be much faster with Stimpmeter readings over 13. This tournament might have the fastest greens on the PGA Tour this season, particularly if it stays dry throughout the four-day event.
Value Play to Win the Event: Viktor Hovland +2200
Hovland is one of the most exciting young players on the PGA Tour today. The rookie broke through with his first victory at the Puerto Rico Open in late February, and he has played well since the tour resumed play last month. The 22-year-old Norwegian has played in all five tournaments since the restart, and he is the only golfer to place in the top 25 in each event. Hovland has improved with each week, finishing T23, T21, T11, and T12 before last week’s third place finish on this course. He has been better than anyone else at getting from the tee to the green in his last three tournaments, but his putter has failed him. That’s why Hovland is 22-1 to win the Memorial, but if rain slows down the greens, he is a very live dog.
Top 10 Prop: Xander Schauffele +275
Schauffele finished T14 here last week, but his power and improvement in the short game points to a top ten finish at the Memorial. He missed the cut here in his debut back in 2018 and he finished T14 at Muirfield last year, and that latter performance has to make him optimistic about his chances. Schauffele ranked No. 1 at last year’s Memorial in driving and strokes gained off the tee, so he is a strong contender if he can tame the greens on this course.
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