The PGA Tour heads to Columbus, Ohio, home of Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village Golf Club and host of The Memorial since its inception in 1976. The tournament is one of three tournaments that have achieved invitational status on Tour, meaning the winner receives a three-year exemption and 550 FedEx Cup points instead of the usual two years and 500 points.
Last year’s event was postponed until July due to Covid-19 induced changes to the PGA Tour schedule and was won by Jon Rahm by three strokes over Ryan Palmer, despite Rahm’s back nine 41 on his way to a final round 75. At the conclusion of last year’s event, the course underwent a renovation that, in addition to lengthening the layout, also changed several of the landing areas.
Rahm’s winning score of nine-under-par was the highest since Tiger Woods finished at the same number in his victory in 2012, his fifth in the event including three in a row from 1999 to 2001. Tom Lehman holds the course record of 20 under par 268 that he recorded in 1994, but it will be interesting to see what impact the recent course changes have on this week’s scoring.
Jon Rahm, at +1200 odds, needs a win to take his season to the next level.
Last Week at Colonial
Jason Kokrak dueled Jordan Spieth for the final 36 holes of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, finally defeating the hometown favorite by two shots to capture his second PGA Tour title. Spieth led Kokrak, who was clear of third by six shots, by a stroke entering the final round but wasn’t able to hold on in his attempt to grab his second win of 2021.
Betting Odds for the Memorial
The defending champion has had a great 2020-2021 season, with ten finishes in the top ten, including both Masters Tournaments and only one missed cut in 16 events. Jon Rahm, at +1200 odds, needs a win to take his season to the next level as the third-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
Last week’s runner-up is at +1600, and even though he didn’t close out on Sunday for the win, he is still experiencing a great comeback season that has him in second place in the FedEx Cup point race. Since Jordan Spieth’s third round 61 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the three-time major champion hasn’t missed a cut and has eight top-ten finishes in eleven starts, including a victory at the Wells Fargo Championship and a tie for third in the Masters.
Reigning U.S. Open champion, FedEx Cup leader, and fourth-ranked player in the OWGR, Bryson DeChambeau, is at +1800 after a run of lackluster performances culminating in a tie for 38th at the PGA Championship after a closing five over par 293. DeChambeau has just one top ten finish in his last five outings after he finished third in the Players Championship preceded by a victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Also at +1800 are Collin Morikawa, 2020 PGA Champion and winner of the WGC – Workday Championship at the Concession, as well as a four-time major champion and Wells Fargo Championship winner Rory McIlroy.