The 2022 Memorial Betting Underdogs

The Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio isn’t really ideal for a big underdog to make a splash. The winner’s list includes Jack Nicklaus in the second ever tournament in 1977 (he designed the course), Tigers Woods in three straight tournaments from 1999-2001, and more recently Jon Rahm in 2020 as he rose to world #1 for the first time in his career. 

 

Most people assume this is Rahm’s tournament to win. He led the weekend in 2020 and was cruising to back-to-back titles in 2021 before a positive COVID test caused him to withdraw with a six-stroke lead after 54 holes. 

 

Rahm has an obvious target on his back this weekend, so can some underdogs step up to challenge him? Here are the best bets to do just that. 

 

The Memorial Betting Underdogs

 

Collin Morikawa (18/1) 

 

He’s not a huge underdog at 18/1, but that’s still significant value for Collin Morikawa who lost in a playoff to Patrick Cantlay here last year. That continued a successful run at Muirfield Village for Morikawa, who also won the Workday Charity Open at this course in 2020. 

 

Morikawa has been struggling since a 5th place finish in the Masters, so returning to this comfortable course is maybe what gets him back on track. 

 

Bryson DeChambeau (80/1)

 

You almost never see Bryson DeChambeau with these odds, but many consider that he’d be lucky to make the cut having not golfed since the Masters following wrist surgery. DeChambeau had three missed cuts before getting his wrist right, and realistically this is probably just a tune-up for the U.S. Open. 

 

Even so, 80:1 for a guy who won this tournament in 2018 is something you have to throw a couple bones at. 

 

Ryan Palmer (100/1)

 

Ryan Palmer went neck and neck with Jon Rahm in 2020 before ultimately finishing in 2nd, three strokes back from Rahm. Palmer got some work in last week at the Charles Schwab Challenge finishing 40th, but did have a T5 recently at the Byron Nelson on May15th. 

 

Long shot? Yes, but Palmer is a guy who has had a successful weekend at Muirfield Village before. 

 

Aaron Wise (66/1) 

 

While they are big names now, Cantlay and DeChambeau were still on the way up when they posted their respective victories at the Memorial. Somebody who could be the next to add their name to that list is Aaron Wise, who is 10th in approach strokes gained and 14th tee-to-green in the PGA over the last 24 rounds. 

 

Wise finished 9th in the Memorial last year, and has finished in the top 25 in three of his last four tournaments in 2022. 

 

Davis Riley (40/1)

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Not as high of odds as one would think for a rookie, but that’s because Davis Riley has been impressive even on a small scale. He just wrapped up a 4th place finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge which has followed a 13th at the PGA Championship, 9th at AT&T Byron Nelson, 5th at the Mexico Open, and 4th at the Zurich Classic. The youngster is right there week in and week out. 

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