After a couple of thrilling weekends in which the PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge have needed a playoff to determine the winner, we can only imagine what’s in store for the Memorial at the historic Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
The Memorial is one of only five tournaments dubbed “invitational” by the PGA (the others being the Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage, the Genesis Open, and last weekend’s Schwab Challenge) meaning the field will be smaller.
Even in a sandwich spot two weeks after the PGA Championship and two weeks prior to the U.S. Open, this tournament still draws a great field mostly because of its lore being designed by Jack Nicklaus and in that scheduling spot that allows a week to recover as well as a week to prepare between two Major tournaments.
The Memorial Field
Scottie Scheffler, Justin Thomas, and Sam Burns – who all competed in the Schwab Challenge the weekend after the PGA Championship – are the only three out of the top 10 in the OWGR not playing this weekend in Ohio.
This is the tournament that Jon Rahm had to withdraw from last season with a 6-stroke lead after 54 holes after his COVID test came back positive. Patrick Cantlay is a two time winner here including last year in a playoff over Colin Morikawa after the Rahm withdrawal. We could also see the return of Bryson DeChambeau after his wrist surgery in April so there will be no shortage of storylines here.
The Memorial Betting Favorites
Jon Rahm (9/1)
It’s no surprise to see Rahm as the heavy favorite here as the world #2 won here in 2020 and had his chance at a title defense stolen after the controversial COVID test last season after a three round lead. Rahm had a rough showing at the PGA Championship, but won the Mexico Open a tournament prior.
Rory McIlroy (10/1)
Rory McIlroy continues to be high on the favorites list each and every weekend and is second to just Rahm in the Memorial betting odds. McIlroy is not one of the players that has a multiple top 15 finish at this course over the past 5 years, but does have success at comparative course and has done well at Nicklaus designs in his career.
Patrick Cantlay (12/1)
Patrick Cantlay obviously loves playing at Muirfield Village, winning here in 2019 while tying Tigers Woods’ score of -19 in 2000 and falling just short of Tom Lehman’s course record -20 in 1994. Cantlay beat Morikawa in the playoff last year with a winning score of -13 and has gone 2nd at RBC Heritage and 1st at Zurich Classic of New Orleans before missing the cut at the PGA Championship in his last three tournaments.
Jordan Spieth (16/1)
Jordan Spieth has compared the bentgrass greens at Muirfield Village to Augusta, where he obviously won in 2015. Spieth has also finished in the top15 here multiple times over the past five years including 7th in 2019 and 13th in 2020 (18th last year). He’s also playing well this year with a 1st, a 2nd, and a 7th in his last four tournaments since missing the cut in the Master’s in early April.