Best Bets at the 2021 Memorial Tournament
The defending champion is the favorite to win this year’s Memorial Tournament. Jon Rahm has the shortest odds on the board after his three-stroke win over Ryan Palmer last year. Rahm claimed the overall No. 1 ranking with the victory last July, and he is currently ranked No. 3 behind Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. A win would move him back to the top spot, so he is gunning to be the first golfer since Tiger Woods to claim consecutive victories at the Memorial.
Event: The Memorial Tournament
Category: PGA Tour
Date: June 3-6, 2021
Location: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
2020: Jon Rahm -9
2019: Patrick Cantlay -19
2018: Bryson DeChambeau -15
2017: Jason Dufner -13
2016: William McGirt -15
This is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus designed this course almost 50 years ago, and he wanted to turn it into an event like The Masters. While it isn’t at that level, this still feels like hallowed ground as the Golden Bear is a constant presence throughout the event.
Rahm cruised to the title after a scintillating first three rounds. He was -12 going into the final day, and he still won by three strokes even though he shot a three-over 75 on Sunday. It was one of the most impressive wins we’ve seen at this event recently.
Other recent winners like Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, and Hideki Matsuyama are among the contenders this weekend. All three golfers have some of the lowest odds on the board.
Muirfield has been completely redone in anticipation of this event. Construction started on the course the same day last year’s tournament came to a close, and this will be the first time any of these golfers have seen the redesigned Muirfield in tournament play. Every single green was rebuilt according to the PGA Tour’s Rob Bolton, and those greens are expected to run high on the Stimpmeter.
The course is a little longer than it used to be, but the biggest potential factor is the wind. That was the reason the scores were so high in 2020, and there are expected to be wind gusts of 20 MPH or more in each of the first three rounds.
Value Play to Win the Tournament: Tony Finau +2200
Tony Finau has only won one PGA Tour event, but he has been awfully close to winning others. Finau is probably the best golfer with only one win on the tour, so it’s only a matter of time before he grabs a second title. He finished T5 in four out of five events from mid-December to mid-February. Finau was steady and finished with a T8 at the PGA Championship, and he led this event after the first and second rounds in 2020.
Top 5 Prop: Bryson DeChambeau +400
It looks like this new design will help big hitters, and no one hits the ball as far as Bryson DeChambeau. He was in contention at the PGA Championship until an awful final day led to a T38 finish. DeChambeau has recently won the US Open and Arnold Palmer Invitational, and he should contend here in Ohio.