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KSR Golf: The Memorial Tournament

(Photo: © David Cannon | Getty Images)

(Photo: © David Cannon | Getty Images)

After a thrilling finish that required free golf last weekend, Collin Morikawa recorded his second PGA Tour victory in less than a calendar year and much like the Charles Schwab Challenge, the Workday Charity Open also went long. However, this time the 23-year-old phenom found a way to win at Muirfield Village.

The PGA Tour returns to the same course for a double-dip in Dublin, Ohio this weekend for the tournament that Jack built and the field is stacked. One of the most popular non-major events on the calendar is on the schedule for the middle of July and it should give us a really fun weekend of golf.

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger

For the first time since February, Tiger Woods will be competing in a PGA Tour event that he is very familiar with. Woods has won this tournament five different times and most recently in 2012. Muirfield Village has treated the best golfer of all-time very well and he’ll be looking to cash in upon his return.

Tiger enters this tournament with 22/1 odds which are the eighth highest on the board and tied with Viktor Hovland and Webb Simpson. The Big Cat looked fantastic in The Match with Phil, Peyton and Brady and will be looking to continue that hot shooting.

Woods opens the tournament in a group along with Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy so all eyes will be on the big dogs as things get started in central Ohio. I’d stay away from the bets to win as Tiger just making the cut would be a solid appearance playing in a stacked field.

Bryson Watch

The hottest golfer on the planet took last week off after finally getting a win in Detroit and he’ll be looking to continue his bombing ways this weekend. DeChambeau leads the tour in driving distance, is second in scoring average and money list, fourth in FedEx Cup standings and fifth in greens hit in regulation percentage.

He’s a brick you know what house who has been a bulldozer since returning from the quarantine reset. Don’t be surprise if he’s added 15 more pounds of muscle after taking last week off to do nothing but workout.

The PGA Tour did not do us viewers a favor by not matching up DeChambeau with Brooks Koepka to start the weekend after a small dose of Twitter beef. However, we could see both deep in contention over the weekend but Koepka is sitting on 25/1 odds while DeChambeau is the clubhouse favorite at 9/1.

Two years ago, DeChambeau won this same tournament and everything tells us to expect him to be in the top-10 once again this weekend.

Tough Play

To this point, the scores have been ridiculous since the PGA Tour returned from its COVID-19 hiatus. Each weekend has seen the winner post a monster crooked numbers with a ton of rounds being shot in the 60s. Just last week at Muirfield Village, 19-under won the tournament but don’t expect to see a repeat of that.

We should see a lot of tall, treacherous rough as well as some greens that will likely be dried out. This will more than likely not be a birdie fest and will cause players to grind for a victory. Expect the cream to rise to the top when trying to find a winner.

Picks

Jon Rahm is currently second in the World Golf Rankings, but the Arizona State product has not been good since play resumed. Rahm hasn’t finished in the top-25 in the four tournaments he has played and has rarely been a factor on any weekend.

Well, he’s due.

The course conditions should highly favor the best of the best and it feels like Rahm primed up for a breakthrough. At 20-1, he has some really strong odds and we are rolling with him this week as we try to pick a winner instead of coming up with another runner-up finish.

As far as sleepers go, Sungjae Im is top-25 in the World Golf Ranking and is third in the FedEx Cup standings with six top-10 finishes in his pocket during this PGA Tour season. He has not been good since the return, but this feels like redemption week for a lot of golfers playing a tougher course. Look for Sungjae, who is sitting on 66/1 odds, to make a run and you should be able to get some quality top-10 odds on the South Korea native.

 

Article written by Adam Luckett

Twitter: @AdamLuckettKSR