2016 Memorial Tournament Betting Preview And Tips
June 2nd – 5th, 2016
Muirfield Village, Dubin, Ohio.
Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,392
Purse: $8.5 million with $1,530,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: David Lingmerth
2016 Memorial Tournament Betting Preview and Tips.

Favourites Discussion

I’m going to leave this to ALL the other websites because I’ve far more important advice to give on value tips but suffice to say with Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth all in the field and in winning form this is set up to be quite the US Open dress rehearsal.  All are priced under 7/1 to avoid betting on them pre tournament unless you’re certifiably mad!

Doc’s Top Five Players To Watch At The Memorial

Hideki Matsuyama 16/1

Hideki. Lurking.

I’ve said it before and will say it again; this guy is a Major Champion in waiting.  It seems every time he shows up to an event these days you are guaranteed a solid performance and I make it four consecutive top-11 finishes from Bay Hill through to Sawgrass last time out.   That streak included a T7 at The Masters and with Oakmont two weeks away, Hideki will be honing his fairways and greens game this week.  Winner on his debut here in 2014 and put up a solid defense with a T5 last year.  So much to like at 16/1

Matt Kuchar 22/1

Kuch. One time, in 2007, he didn't smile.

Do I expect Matt Kuchar to win? Never. Don’t be silly! But at 22/1 he is an each way cash machine.  Kuch is on a fine run of late since a T3 at The Players, solo third at the Byron Nelson and T6 last week at Colonial.  He is also averaging 19 birdies a week, something that any prospective Memorial winner needs to be doing.  His record here is enviable; five top-10’s from 10 starts including a win in 2013.  The reason?  Kuch has a tees and greens game to match the best and this course is EASIER to putt on that pretty much anywhere from 10 feet which negates a potential frailty.  Thank Jack and his attention to detail with bentgrass for that.

Kevin Chappell 55/1

Chappell. That's his determined look.

Absolutely no intention of giving up on Kevin after missing the cut at Colonial.  Quite the opposite in fact; he’s now out to 55/1 and can contend here.  Last week’s ‘bubble bursting’ aside Chappell can draw inspiration from solo seconds at The Players and The Arnie with Top 10’s in Texas and Harbour Town sandwiched in between.  He knows how to play this course too with a solo second to Kuch in 2013.

Bubba Watson 25/1

Bubba. He's mad.

Not the flavor of the month (after a 74 74 missed cut at The Players) with the bookies and I think will benefit from being out of the limelight this week.  On the right course however, and this is one, Bubba for me can be dangerous.  He showed that on his last visit here in 2014 when coming solo third and with a seemingly never ending strokes gained tee to green advantage I expect a big performance this close to the US Open.  Recent best of T8 in China in April.

Chris Kirk 55/1

Chris Kirk. Eats dilithium crystals for breakfast.

Didn’t cash in for us but impressed me with a T15 defense at Colonial on his first start back since withdrawing after the first round of The Players.  I’ve been flying the  Kirk colours of late and remembering a T4 here in 2014, I’m liking that 55/1 each way.  Due a very big finish.

Long Odds Glory Shot

Marc Leishman 80/1

How dare some bookies put our Marc Leishman out at 80/1.  Personally I'll be having a quid each way on the Aussie.  Hits it long, will benefit from the wide fairways and is coming off four rounds in the 60's at Colonial.  And that's big after a poor Byron and Players.  T5 in 2015. Come on Aussie!!!

Marc. Will probably win two million over the next month. Usually does.

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