The Memorial Tournament Golf Betting Preview

The Memorial Tournament Golf Betting Preview

Barry Devoe
2 years ago
2 min read
Jack Nicklaus and winner Jon Rahm chat about his final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio

The PGA Tour heads to Ohio for the 2022 edition of the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday. The tournament, founded in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus, debuted in 1976 and has been on the PGA Tour schedule ever since. This week’s action takes place at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

Patrick Cantlay is the defending champion after winning the tournament for the second time with a 13-under four-day total. Jon Rahm held a six-stoke lead following the third round but was forced to withdraw from the tournament following a positive COVID-19 test. Cantlay held off Collin Morikawa in a playoff.

The winner of the tournament brings home $2.16 million of the $12 million purse along with 550 FedEx Cup points.

Muirfield Village Golf Club

After undergoing renovations in 2020 and 2021, the course is back in form and ready to challenge the playing field. The course, designed by Nicklaus himself, is a par-72 that plays over 7,500 yards in length. Muirfield Village opened in 1974 and has hosted the tournament every year since its inception in 1976.

The renovations that took place at the course included a new irrigation system, redone bunkers and greens, and extra length added. Muirfield Village is traditionally considered one of the toughest courses played on Tour.

The Memorial Tournament Field

Highlighting the field is seven of the top-10 players in the Official World Golf Rankings. Rahm, winner of the tournament in 2020, returns after blazing the field through three rounds last year. Cantlay returns and aims to become just the third three-time winner of the event (Tiger Woods, Kenny Perry).

Morikawa looks to lock up his first victory of the 2021-22 season after losing to Cantlay in the playoff last year. PLAYERS champion Cameron Smith is in the field, vying for his third win in 2022. 

Bryson DeChambeau hasn’t played since the Masters due to a wrist injury but hopes to return to action this week. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will be teeing it up along with Rickie Fowler and Jason Day playing on sponsorship exemptions.

The Memorial Tournament Betting Odds

Rahm (+800) is the clear-cut betting favorite heading into this week’s tournament. The defending U.S. Open champion most likely would have been a back-to-back winner of Jack’s event had it not been for his positive COVID test.

Trailing Rahm is the defending champion Cantlay (+1000). Cantlay’s missed the cut at the PGA Championship, and that’s the only time we’ve seen him since his victory with Xander Schauffele at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

McIlroy (+1100), Schauffele (+1600), and Morikawa (+1800) round of the top-five pre-tournament favorites. McIlroy got out of the gates hot with the first round lead before fading off at the PGA Championship two weeks ago. 

Schauffele quietly been rounding into form with a T5 and T13 since winning with Cantlay. Morikawa hasn’t placed in the top-25 since a solo fifth at the Masters but has shown this course fits his eye.

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