2017 Memorial Tournament Betting Preview And Expert Tips

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2017 Memorial Tournament Betting Preview and Tips
2017 Memorial Tournament Betting Preview and Tips

Need to Know Course Info

Memorial Tournament, Muirfield Village G.C.
Dubin, Ohio
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,392
Purse: $8.7 million with $1,530,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: William McGirt

As always at Jack's place this week is all about hitting greens in regulation.  Changes this year have been subtle by Nicklaus's standards and a strong field has assembled for the US Open run in.
Muirfield Village is a par 72  measuring 7,392 yards and for all its perceived difficulties and ongoing toughening this course yields plenty of birdies.  The winning score for the past two years has been 15 under with players such as Charl Schwartzel and Dustin Johnson amassing 26 birdies in recent stagings.
So your betsheet should be full of guys that can hit greens because when the tariff height on putting is not what is has been over the past few weeks.

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After a solo third last year and stellar stats in 2017 Dustin Johnson tops the betting at 11/2 with a returning to form Spieth and  Jon Rahm a long way back at 12/1.

Doc's Five Best Each Way Bets At The Memorial

Adam Scott 25/1

The only caveat is that Adam is playing a minimal schedule designed, at this stage of his career, to peak around Majors.  However, if lack of weekly Tour level competition is a worry, it didn't show in a T9 at Augusta or T6 last time out at The Players.  So whatever his formula, it seems to be working.  That Sawgrass start saw impressive stats; 11th in driving, T11 in greens hit, T17 putting and given that he is adding The Memorial to his schedule for the first time since a T4 finish in 2014, I suspect Scott means business here.

Matt Kuchar 28/1

Mister dependable around Muirfield Village.  Kuch knows this place like the back of his hand and stood on the top step of the podium here in 2013.  In form too with a T12 last week at the Dean and Deluca and T9 at the Byron Nelson before that.  The American has six top 10's in his 11 starts in this event, was T4 here last year and has been in the top 15 Greens in Regulation (GIR) finders in four of his last five starts.  Need any more reasons??

Patrick Reed 35/1

Reed is the arch scrambler and impressed me with a T8 here last year.  His ability to just find a way to get the ball in the hole, simple as it sounds, whatever the flaws in his game is impressive and have yielded a T20 at the Byron Nelson, T22 at The Players and T12 at the Wells Fargo in his last three starts.  To be competitive here Reeds just needs his irons to be a shade tighter.

Tony Finau 40/1

If you've ever played Nicklaus designed courses you'll know well that Jack wants the player to tonk it long off the tee before giving them a test with the irons to the green and if you're looking for a player to fit that bill, try Tony Finau.  Tony has been T11 and T8 here in his two starts and barring a blip at The Players has been in fine form on the PGA Tour this season. Contrary to popular belief it's a solid Greens in Regulation game and not just long driving that have seen him top-5 at Torrey Pines, Palm Harbour and in Texas already this season.  T29 last week at Colonial included a cameo 65 in round two.

Marc Leishman 66/1

On the face of it you might not be that impressed by Marc's T34 last week at Colonial but if I tell you that coupled with a T13 at the Byron Nelson, the Aussie was T6 and T5 in greens hit both weeks, he becomes a live contender at Muirfield Village where putts are exponentially more holeable.  The Arnie winner was T5 here in 2016 and T11 in 2015. Overpriced.

Long Odds Glory Shots

There is a tonne of long odds value this week and any number could have even made my top five.  Charl Schwartzel 60/1 withdrew last time out the Byron Nelson with a bizarre wrist injury (was it being hit in the Pro Am by his amateur partner?)  but he loves this event; I mentioned earlier he had 26 birdies in his T11 last year.
Ben An 60/1 played well here last year (T11) and seems to be right at home on the PGA Tour this season. His irons have yielded a T8 at the Wells Fargo and T5 at the Byron Nelson and a quick pit stop at Wentworth saw him finish T24 last week (T8 GIR). Must be tired though?   Billy Haas at 66/1 is another for whom something clicked last week at Colonial with a T12 and he has two top 10's in the last four years at Jack's Place. I see Brian Harman quoted at 60/1.  He has little course form to speak of but is on fire having won the Wells Fargo and contended again (T7) last week. He "goes to bed every night and dreams about winning!" And finally what about Kevin Streelman at 125/1? T8 last year and found his mojo last week!

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