2017 Memorial Golf Tournament Odds, Schedule, Betting Sites
Who Will Win The Memorial Golf Tournament?
This year’s Memorial Tournament features some of the biggest names on the PGA tour, but it does not necessarily mean that the winner will be a Spieth, Day, Johnson or Rose.
This tournament has traditionally thrown up some surprise packages over the years, no more so than in 2016 when relative unknown William McGirt pulled off two incredible bunker shots to first set up a playoff then win in dramatic fashion. This came just a year after Sweden’s David Lingmerth, now ranked 133 in the world, managed to win the 2015 edition of The Memorial.
The top ten contenders in this year’s tournament include two former winners: Justin Rose won in 2010 while Hideki Matsuyama took home the trophy in 2014. Matt Kuchar, another former winner (2013), is just outside the top ten as far as betting odds are concerned and defintely should not be discounted. There is always a chance that the victor will be someone who knows how to win on the course, and given Matsuyama’s current form, I’m going to go with him to join Tiger Woods and Kenny Perry as the only men to have won The Memorial more than once this century.
Before going into the odds above, it is first important to point out that each option is an ‘each-way’ bet, meaning that you are putting half your money on an outright victory and the other half on a top five finish. Naturally, if you pick the winner you’ll get the full return, but this method of betting is much safer considering the size of the field.
Dustin Johnson is rightly the favourite at this tournament. He tops the FedEx rankings with an impressive three victories from ten starts and another three top-ten finishes. In February and March this year he put together a streak of five straight top-three finishes.
He tops a number of statistics in the PGA tour this season, predominantly thanks to his superior form off the tee – he currently leads the average driving distance and longest drive categories. This should be an advantage on a course that features plenty of length holes.
Jordan Spieth is coming off a second-place finish at the most recent PGA event, the Dean and Deluca Invitational, and is not one to discount in spite of his inconsistent form this season.
Spieth has played in thirteen events so far on the tour and although he has the same amount of top-ten finishes as Johnson, he also has missed the cut on three ocassions, with two of those coming in April. It is hard to get a read on him at the moment so I’d be placing him further down the list of betting options until he can put together consecutive good performances.
John Rahm also finished second at the Dean and Deluca Invitational and has an impressive record on tour this season. The Spaniard mas made all fourteen cuts at the events he has played with seven top-ten finishes – this is the consistency you want to see when placing bets!
There is a very good chance of him continuing his form and placing in the top-five and therefore could be one of the more ‘safe’ each-way bets available.
Outside of the favourites listed above, it is always dangerous to leave Jason Day out of the discussion. Any player who has made it to number one in the world has what it takes to make an impact and could be one to look for come Sunday afternoon in Ohio. Australian counterpart Adam Scott is another who is never far away from the top of the leaderboard.
Although not listed as a chance by the bookmakers (he is outside the top twenty listed above), Steve Stricker could be a darkhorse in this tournament. He finished in a tie for seventh in last week’s tournament and is a past winner of The Memorial having raised the cup in 2011. Although well down the list in the FedEx rankings, he has played in just seven tournaments for the season and has made the cut in all but one. Don’t discount experience in an event like this one.
Memorial Golf Tournament Betting Sites
As with all PGA tour events, there are a number of enticing betting options available for The Memorial Tournament. Using the above analysis, you should have enough information to safely choose a bet using the ‘top-ten finish’ line, one of the more popular options available. Steve Stricker is a very generous +700 to finish in the top ten so why not have a punt?
The other popular options available involve the player’s country or region of origin. For example, you can bet on the top-placing American, Australasian, European etc. This is a great way to obtain great odds on players that you feel could be a chance in the tournament, as it reduces the number of variables (other players) and does not rely on them winning the entire tournament.
Finally, remember that the best betting sites will allow you to bet during live play. If you are convinced that Dustin Johnson is going to raise the cup at this year’s event, it would be unwise to place a bet on him before play commences on Thursday as the odds available are simply not worth it. It is almost a certainty that his price will go down, particularly if he makes a solid and not spectacular start, so bide your time and jump on when you see his odds move in your favour.
2017 Memorial Tournament Schedule
The Memorial Tournament starts on Thursday, June 1st at approximately 7:30am ET and runs the standard four days. The full week’s schedule can be viewed below:
- Monday, May 29: Practice Rounds
- Tuesday, May 30: Practice Rounds
- Wednesday, May 31: Practice Rounds & Nationwide Invitational Pro-AM
- Thursday, June 1: First Tournament Round (7:30am Start)
- Friday, June 2: Second Tournament Round (7:30am Start)
- Saturday, June 3: Third Tournament Round (8:00am Start)
- Sunday, June 4: Final Tournament Round (8:00am Start)
Notable first and second round pairings are as follows:
Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and John Rahm will commence from the 1st tee on Thursday at 1:16pm. This group contains three players that will all be aspiring for a top-ten finish. Dustin Johnson, this years favourite, will join last year’s winner William McGirt and one of the greatest ever in Phil Mickelson. This is a group not to be missed and commence from the 10th tee at 8:37am.
Australian fans will be happy to see both Adam Scott and Jason Day in the same group, they are paired with Korean Si Woo Kim and start their tournament from the first tee at 1:27pm. All the action from The Memorial commences at 7am ET on Thursday, June 1st. Don’t miss a moment!
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