The Memorial Tournament Betting Tips & Predictions – Thursday 30th May 2019

Tiger Woods’ win at the Masters got golf fans excited once again about the prospect of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championships being beaten. No matter how many majors Woods wins in the future, history will say that the men are two of the greatest in golf’s history. The fact that both will be in attendance at the Memorial Tournament this week - Woods as a competitor, Nicklaus as tournament host - tells you all you need to know about this event’s prestige.

Woods is joined by some of the best current players in the world in the field for the 2019 Memorial. Whoever wins this will be given a huge boost of confidence that they’ve finished above so many world class competitors. Tony Finau already knows he can serve it to the best and can prove so again in Ohio by winning at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.

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Tony Finau @ 25/1

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Course Info

The Memorial Tournament is played at the Jack Nicklaus-owned and designed Muirfield Village. The Golden Bear named the venue after his favourite course on the Open rotation when he bought it in 1966. It’s since become an exclusive neighbourhood but is best known for its 7,392 yard, par 72 course that has hosted some of the PGA Tour’s best since 1976.

Nicklaus’s vision for Muirfield Village was a course on which different styles of golf can succeed and that remains the case even in a time where golf is dominated by power. The longer hitters are able to make the most of some pretty wide landing areas but those who lean most on their ball striking or short games can also contend. Perhaps the most important attribute is approach play as those who find the wrong parts of the green will have a job just to two putt for par but the 2014 renovation work ensured that Muirfield Village will punish poor shots wherever they’re played.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
Muirfield Village Dublin, Ohio 7,392 Yards $9,100,000

Recent Winners

The view of Muirfield Village as a course at which different styles of golf can flourish is borne out by the list of recent winners. The last five winners include players who are long, average and short off the tee (at least by the standards of the PGA Tour) but the one thing that they all had in common was quality approach play. Jason Duffner topped the stats for strokes gained approaching the green, a stat which will be key for the 2019 renewal.

The other thing to note is the number of times the Memorial has been decided by a playoff in recent years. This is a tournament which tends to produce drama right up until the end so don’t rule out players making a late charge through the field on Sunday if you are getting involved in the each way betting.

YearWinnerTo ParWinning Margin
2018 Bryson DeChambeau -15 Playoff
2017 Jason Duffner -13 3 Strokes
2016 William McGirt -15 Playoff
2015 David Lingmerth -15 Playoff
2014 Hideki Matsuyama -13 Playoff

Analysis: Muirfield Village a Real Second Shot Golf Course

The importance of power and distance in modern golf cannot be debated any more but even the biggest hitters in the world must hit quality approach shots and putt well if they are to truly take advantage of their length off the tee. That’s certainly true at Muirfield Village which has been described by many as a ‘second shot golf course’. It’s easier to make the most of second shots with a wedge in hand than a long iron but shorter hitters who will not be put off hitting first into the greens can go well this week.

Finau’s Putting Improvements Can Pay Off

Tony Finau is one of the most exciting golfers on the PGA Tour. Despite possessing a curtailed backswing, the American is a huge hitter with all the power to keep up with the longest drivers in the game. Finau’s power is vitally important to him but it is far from the only trick up his sleeve.

Finau is an excellent ball striker who ranks well for strokes gained approaching the green and from tee to green. His iron play was at its best last week in the Charles Schwab Challenge where he also unveiled a new putting stroke. Although he was unable to really push Kevin Na in Texas, Finau was very happy to finish second and can go one better this week. He’s never missed the cut at Muirfield Village and has a top 10 finish to his name. That record should improve now he is arguably playing as well as ever and second PGA Tour title could be on the cards at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.

Can Stenson Put it All Together?

It’s been a strange season for Henrik Stenson. The Swede has struggled to achieve the sort of results that he’s become accustomed to but will feel that he’s not actually been playing too badly. Indeed, Stenson actually tops the PGA Tour in terms of strokes gained approaching the green but just hasn’t been able to play well enough for four rounds to really contend. That could well all change this week.

Stenson hasn’t played the Memorial too often but did well enough last year when he finished 18th. The fact that he’s returned to sharpen his game ahead of the US Open is interesting as is some signs that his best golf is not too far around so an each way bet is surely tempting at 55/1 with Coral.

Final Verdict: Tony Finau to Win

Tony Finau has been playing consistently strong golf for a long time now and came as close as ever to winning for a second time on the PGA Tour last week. Buoyed by his play both into and on the greens in Texas, Finau is rightly feeling confident about his chances at the Memorial where he represents very good golf at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.

About

The Memorial is often referred simply as "Jack's tournament". The reason behind this is that it's founder was none other than Jack Nicklaus, back in 1976. Since then the tournament has proved to be a huge success and like so many that have worked within the PGA Tour, has been at the forefront of charity work on the back of its success.

The Memorial is hosted at Muirfield Village Golf Club, which is based in Dublin, Ohio. One of the ways in which the tournament is unique from a lot of tour events is that each year they induct an honorary member, which is presented at the start of the week before the hosting of the Memorial. In 2000, it was Nicklaus who received this award.

The tournament is one of just 5 that are invitational events, meaning that you need to meet a certain criterion in order to gain an invitation. The majority of entries are provided to those within the world's top 50 golfers, but other criteria can include top 70 from FedEx Cup points, several amateur winners from around the world, major winners and Players Championship winners from the past 5 years.

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