The PGA Tour moves from Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, site of the Charles Schwab Challenge won by Jason Kokrak, to Muirfield Village Golf Club, one of Jack Nicklaus’ early designs in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he also attended Ohio State University. The Memorial is one of the top stops on the Tour and, along with the Genesis Invitational and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, awards the winner with a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour and 550 FedEx Cup points as opposed to the two years and 500 provided by other regular tournaments.
Jon Rahm won his first of two tournaments in the 2019-2020 season last year at the postponed Memorial, overcoming a 41 on his last nine holes to hold on and defeat Ryan Palmer by three shots. As the players were completing their final round, renovations were already underway to the course that opened in 1974 and has served as host of The Memorial since 1976.
The par 72 layout, which plays at 7,543 yards, is traditionally one of the most challenging on the PGA Tour, with Rahm’s winning score of nine-under-par last year ranking as one of the highest to par all season. It remains to be seen what impact on scoring the changes made to the course will have, but with more length and narrower landing areas, it’s a good bet that scores will likely rise as a result.
Bryson DeChambeau enters the week at +1800 to win.
Betting Odds at Muirfield Village
The defending champion (Rahm), still looking for his first win in 2021 despite ten top-ten finishes and only one missed cut in 16 events, is the favorite at +1200, followed by last week’s runner-up Jordan Spieth at +1600. Three top players, Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, and Rory McIlroy, all major champions with wins in the current season, are at +1800.
World number two Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, and Viktor Hovland, another trio with wins in 2021, are at +2000. Other players of note are Xander Schauffele with odds of +2200, former Masters Champion and winner of the Farmers Insurance Open is at +3500, and Rickie Fowler at +7000 is trying to battle out of a two-year slump.
Favorites to Bet On
The defending champion has had an outstanding season, with a victory the only thing missing from his 2021 record. Rahm finished in a tie for eighth in the PGA Championship in his last start but was off his game in his previous two outings, especially in the Wells Fargo Championship, where he failed to make the weekend for the first time all season.
Rory McIlroy won last month for the first time in 18 months at the Wells Fargo Championship on Quail Hollow Club, a golf course very similar to this week’s track. The four-time major champion never got his putter going at the PGA Championship in his last start, but with his keen sense of history, winning at Jack’s place has to be one of his goals.
The sixth-ranked player in the world, Xander Schauffele, is another player who has had a stellar season but has yet to put a win on the board. The four-time Tour winner has three runner-up finishes as well as a third place finish in the Masters but is coming off an uncharacteristic missed cut at the PGA Championship.