Tiger Is Back: The Memorial Tournament Preview

Tiger Woods is back competing on the PGA tour for the first time since February when he finished 68th at the Genesis Invitational. The Memorial, Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, is played every year in Dublin, Ohio and for the second straight week it will be playing host to a PGA tournament. Woods has won this tournament five times in his career, the most recent victory coming at the 2012 tournament.

I love this tournament, I always consider it one of the sixth best tournaments of the year. You have the four majors and the Players Championship and then you have the Memorial tournament. It’s obviously a different atmosphere with no fans, especially because it was reported that the Memorial was supposed to be the first event to allow half-capacity and a socially distant fan experience. Those plans have been postponed and we will have to wait to see fans back on the course.

This field is stacked, obviously all eyes are going to be on Tiger and to see how he responds to having the big lay-off while he gears up for the late season majors. I expect Tiger to make the cut and play well but I would be shocked to see him contend with this loaded of a field, especially in his first start on tour in five months.

For the first time in nearly eighty years the PGA tour has scheduled back to back events at the same location, Muirfield Golf Club, the course played relatively easy last weekend allowing players to go as low as 19 under par. I am expecting scores to be higher this week with decisively tougher pin locations, faster greens and tougher tee boxes. With that being said, this course will still allow for low numbers if players can stay in play throughout the week.

From a gambling perspective, I believe that golf is one of the most fun sporting events to wager on. Let’s take a look at the current odds for players in the field and I will give you my picks:

Justin Thomas+900
Bryson Dechambeau+1000
Rory McIlroy+1200
Patrick Cantlay+1600
Dustin Johnson+1800
Jon Rahm+1800
Collin Morikawa+2000
Xander Schauffele+2000
Webb Simpson+2000
Viktor Hovland+2500
Hideki Matsuyama+2500
Tiger Woods+2500
Brooks Koepka+2800
Daniel Berger+3300
Rickie Fowler+3300
Patrick Reed+4000
Gary Woodland+4000
Abraham Ancer+4500
Jason Day+5000
Tony Finau+5000
Matt Kuchar+5000
Justin Rose+5500
Paul Casey+6600
Matthew Fitzpatrick+6600
Sergio Garcia+7000
Billy Horschel+7000
Joaquin Niemann+7500
Adam Hadwin+8000
Marc Leishman+8000
Ian Poulter+8000
Jordan Spieth+8000
Kevin Streelman+8000
Sungjae Im+8000
Scottie Scheffler+9000
Byeong Hun An+10000
Corey Conners+10000
Lucas Glover+10000
Kevin Kisner+10000
Kevin Na+10000
Bubba Watson+10000
Keegan Bradley+12500
Zach Johnson+12500
Shane Lowry+12500
Doc Redman+12500
Rory Sabbatini+12500
Matthew Wolff+12500
Bud Cauley+15000
Cameron Champ+15000
Harris English+15000
Brian Harman+15000
Max Homa+15000
Jason Kokrak+15000
Phil Mickelson+15000
Alexander Noren+15000
Louis Oosthuizen+15000
J.T. Poston+15000
Chez Reavie+15000
Patrick Rodgers+15000
Brandt Snedeker+15000
Sepp Straka+15000
Nick Taylor+15000
Harold Varner III+15000
Matt Wallace+15000
Danny Willett+15000
Jim Furyk+17500
Mark Hubbard+17500
Ryan Moore+17500
Brendon Todd+17500
Erik van Rooyen+17500
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+20000
Rafa Cabrera-Bello+20000
Joel Dahmen+20000
Talor Gooch+20000
Branden Grace+20000
Lanto Griffin+20000
Emiliano Grillo+20000
Charles Howell III+20000
Mackenzie Hughes+20000
Andrew Landry+20000
Adam Long+20000
Maverick McNealy+20000
Troy Merritt+20000
Sebastian Munoz+20000
Henrik Norlander+20000
Carlos Ortiz+20000
Brendan Steele+20000
Vaughn Taylor+20000
Stewart Cink+25000
Jason Dufner+25000
Tyler Duncan+25000
Dylan Frittelli+25000
Haotong Li+25000
Tom Hoge+25000
Graeme McDowell+25000
Matthew NeSmith+25000
Ryan Palmer+25000
Brian Stuard+25000
Bernd Wiesberger+25000
C.T. Pan+35000
Wyndham Clark+35000
Harry Higgs+35000
Jazz Janewattananond+35000
Danny Lee+35000
Scott Piercy+35000
Matthias Schwab+35000
Charl Schwartzel+35000
Si Woo Kim+35000
Cameron Smith+35000
Sung Kang+35000
Zac Blair+50000
Bill Haas+50000
Scott Harrington+50000
Bo Hoag+50000
Nate Lashley+50000
Denny McCarthy+50000
Keith Mitchell+50000
Victor Perez+50000
Andrew Putnam+50000
Steve Stricker+50000
Kevin Tway+50000
Jimmy Walker+50000
Xinjun Zhang+50000
David Lingmerth+75000
Jason Scrivener+75000
K.J. Choi+100000
Ernie Els+100000
Jim Herman+100000
Peter Kuest+100000
Tom Lehman+100000
William McGirt+100000
Andy Ogletree+100000
Carl Pettersson+100000
Vijay Singh+100000

From Justin Thomas all the way down to Vijay Singh we have a lot of phenomenal players in this field. I would look to bet this event a couple of ways. First off, I would pick 3-4 players to win and then load up on some players for Top 10 finish bets, lastly, when the matchups come out, be sure to look at them. Once the matchups are released I will try to get a blog out giving some picks. Lets start with the guys I would focus on to win this event and who makes sense from a betting perspective.
1. Koepka +2,800
2. Finau +5,000
3. Dustin Johnson +1,800

If you want some guys to bet to win who have larger odds I would look at :
Kisner
Mickelson
Wolff
Varner III

Those three guys at those numbers is a phenomenal value, I especially like Finau at that number. He’s been a very consistent player over the last couple of years and to be able to get him at that type of value is something you can’t pass up. Let’s look at my projected top 10, I am going to throw in some longshots to try and get us all some value.

10 : Poulter
9 : Hovland
8 : Streelman
7 : McIlroy
6 : Phil Mickelson
5 : D. Johnson
4 : Finau
3 : Dechambeau
Runner-Up : Rose
Champion : Kisner

There you have it folks, the tournament starts on Thursday and we will have coverage on the tournament leading up and during the event. Please check out our podcast on the blog and on Spotify “The Corner Booth”. As always, hear, hear to the ProcrastiNation!