The Memorial Tournament Preview
Robert Cobley is a maths graduate with years of experience in the sports betting industry. He’s now teamed up with Bet UK to bring his golf betting tips to our readers. Here are his tips for The Memorial this week. Remember you can get the latest golf betting odds for all PGA and European tour events at Bet UK’s online bettin.
Last Week’s Results : In last week’s Made In Denmark Open, Cobley correctly tipped Pablo Larrazabal to place at 66/1.
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio - Par 72 - 7,392 Yards
Muirfield Village sets the stage for one of the most eagerly anticipated weeks on the PGA Tour, as the strongest field of the regular season heads to the Jack Nicklaus designed masterpiece for what is always a hotly contested event. Just 20 miles north of the city of Columbus, Muirfield is a pristine, undulating, parkland course lined by trees, and where accuracy off the tee is far more important to this week’s contenders than distance.
A par 72, with 4 par 3s, and 4 birdiable par 5s, the winning score here usually sits at around -15 and, with conditions this week predicted to be favourable, there is nothing to suggest anything different. Despite those low scores, any player not exhibiting accuracy from the tee will be severely punished by the thick rough and 77 bunkers which provide the defence for this old school venue. Added to that, players will find water in play on 11 holes. A good long game, and creative shotmaking are the keys to taming Muirfield, and I will look for these amongst the selections this week.
Last Five Winners:
2018: Bryson Dechambeau: -15
2017: Jason Dufner: -13
2016: William McGirt: -15
2015: David Lingmerth: -15
2013 : Hideki Matsuyama: -13
The Market Leaders
Rory Mcilroy sits atop the market for the Memorial this week, having managed consecutive top 10 finishes somewhat under the radar in his last two events. A measure of the expectations on his shoulders perhaps, but also a reflection perhaps of how he isn’t currently living up to them. Behind him sits an array of American talent, led by Tiger Woods who plays his first regular Tour event since his Masters win back in April. Woods has long had a love affair with Muirfield Village, winning here on five occasions; most recently back in 2012 where he overcame Rory Sabbatini following a well-publicised war of words in the lead up to that epic final round. Bet UK have boosted Rory McIlroy to 10/1 and Tiger Woods to 15/1 to win The Memorial.
Although Woods presents a challenge, there are other big name American players with a point to prove. Justin Thomas will be keen to put behind him the injury that kept him out of the PGA Championship a fortnight ago, and with back to back top 10s here, could be a contender if fit. Matt Kuchar has an incredible record in Dublin with a win and 5 other top 5s in his last 9 starts here, and the in-form veteran cannot be ruled out. Patrick Cantlay is another with substantial course form, and Rickie Fowler will be looking to improve upon his 2nd place in 2017 and push for one of the most coveted titles on the PGA Tour.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
For the first time this week, I am leading with a three-figure price as the headline tip. In another highly competitive field on the PGA Tour, this says as much about the difficulty that presents itself in splitting the top of the market as it does about backing a fast improving Matt Every, but at the price this selection is undeniably value. Every was a selection for us last week, and I don’t see that as a blocker to putting him up once again. His showing when finishing 17th last week was encouraging around a not dissimilar shotmakers course to Muirfield Village.
Every is most well known for his back to back successes at Bay Hill a few years ago around a similar course, and if he is on form this week then Muirfield, where he has previously placed 6th back in 2013, presents the ideal challenge. Every is a classical player, can hit the ball both ways, and finds greens in regulation with unwavering consistency. These are the traits that this weeks winner will need to find, and at this price, there is no better value selection to do so than a re-emerging Matt Every and I will be backing with 2 points e/w at 125/1.
Other Betting Tips
Another classic American shotmaker is Kyle Stanley. Stanley has contended at the likes of Torey Pines, won at Riviera, and has top 6 finishes in 3 of his last 4 visits to Muirfield Village, including finishing runner up behind Bryson Dechambeau last year. Stanley has been criticised at times for his mental fallibilities, and otherwise it would not have been unreasonable to expect him to have turn one or more of those top 5s into victories. Recently his form has been less spectacular, however he did manage his first top 10 finish of the season last month, and this familiar venue could provide the platform for greater things. I will be having 2 points e/w at 68/1.
Next up is an American who learned his trade on the European Tour, and is now putting that to good use Stateside in the way the likes of Brooks Koepka has previously. Uihlein grew up in a golfing family, and his father was the Chief Executive of the World’s largest golf brand; Titliest. On the course, Uihlein’s pedigree is developing to, match that strong upbringing and in recent weeks he has shown substantial potential with finishes of 5th in Texas, and 13th last week. Uihlein is another pure ball striker who will naturally thrive at Muirfield, and his previous returns of 25th, and then 5th last year back that up. I expect Uihlein to push hard for at least the places this week, and I shall be having 2 points e/w at 80/1.
The final selection for this week is previous Memorial winner David Lingmerth. Lingmerth picked up his only previous title here back in 2015 when he held off Justin Rose to take the title on -15. That week Lingmerth was 400/1 and, along with McGirt (200/1) the next year, and consecutive 66/1 winners the past two years, seeing an unexpected winner is not unusual here. To back up that win, Lingmerth has also never missed the cut in 5 other starts, finishing outside the top 50 just once. Recently, his form has been equally as solid, making 6 of his last 7 Tour cuts. With Bet UK paying 6 places this week, he is worth a go with 1 point e/w at 350/1.
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