The restarted 2020 PGA Tour season’s biggest tournament happens this weekend as the Memorial takes place at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. The tournament usually brings out the best golfers in the world, and despite the threat of Covid-19, this year’s edition has drawn the most talented field thus far in a PGA event.
Golfers such as five-time Memorial winner Tiger Woods, last year’s champion Patrick Cantlay, and the long driving sensation known as Bryson DeChambeau, the 2018 winner, all plan to attend.
With the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rockies roughly two weeks away from getting back to work, golf has grown in popularity among the state’s bettors. There’s little doubt that the tournament will garner plenty of action for Colorado sportsbooks with the Memorial’s dynamic field.
Here are a few golfers worth following that could win the Memorial on Sunday.
Thomas became the favorite when sportsbooks opened their odds Monday morning. The 27-year old golfer blew a three-shot lead with three holes left on Sunday at the Workday Open. Thomas would lose the tourney in a playoff with Collin Morikawa.
What’s interesting about this week’s Memorial tournament is that it will be held on the same course as last week’s Workday Open. Bookmakers are putting their money on Thomas replicating his impressive performance at the Muirfield Village course despite his late-round meltdown.
Every golf fan can’t wait for DeChambeau to unleash his course-breaking length at the Memorial. Since the Tour returned in early June, DeChambeau has four straight top-8 finishes, culminating in his win at the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 4th weekend.
DeChambeau has gained media buzz recently for his muscle gain during the COVID suspension. At his win at the Rocket Mortgage tourney, DeChambeau averaged over 350 yards per drive, an all-time best.
He entered the Rocket Mortgage Classic as the prohibitive favorite at around +650 at most sportsbooks. At FoxBet and FanDuel, DeChambeau holds the top position over Thomas, with both books giving him +1000 odds.
There’s a strong chance by his tee time on Thursday that he will be the across the board favorite once again.
Although Rory has never won the Memorial, bookmakers have listed him as the golfer with the third-lowest odds to win the tournament. Since returning from the coronavirus-induced break, McIlroy has not found his groove in any of his three June tournaments.
The 31-year old’s odds to win the Memorial begin at +1200 at Bet Rivers and extend to just +1400 at FanDuel, FoxBet, and BetMGM. Many bettors should find Rory as an attractive bet, with the stacked field raising his odds, to get his first win of 2020.
Last week’s playoff winner at the Workday Open, Morikawa may only stand at five feet, nine inches, and weigh 160 pounds, but the 23-year old knows his way around the Muirfield Village course.
In his last four tournaments, Morikawa won the Workday and came in second at the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Even with his win over Thomas last weekend, bookmakers are hesitant to go all-in on Morikawa. DraftKings places the golfer at +2200 to go back-to-back. BetMGM and Bet Rivers hold the lowest odds at +2000 for a Muirfield Village repeat.
Woods makes his first appearance at a Tour event since February’s The Genesis Invitational. Other than his participation with Phil Mickelson at The Match: Part Two, we’ve seen little of Woods.
The lack of information is why hesitant bookmakers will not give the 15-time major winner top odds for the Memorial. Woods has won the Memorial five times in his career, with the last victory coming in 2012.
Although Johnson has taken a couple of weeks off from the Tour, the 36-year old should be a factor in the final leaderboard at the Memorial. Johnson won his last tournament, the Travelers Championship in late June.
Johnson’s odds to win the Memorial stand lower than Woods as bookmakers have installed him as the 5th best golfer going into the event. BetMGM gives Johnson +1600 odds with DraftKings placing his chances at +1850.