With a winning score of 15-under par last year, DeChambeau, the five-time PGA Tour winner enters this Memorial Tournament having missed three consecutive cuts.
The Memorial was founded in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus. Interestingly enough, the land was acquired in 1966, but the construction did not begin until 1972.
The Memorial takes place at Muirfield Village Golf Club, home to a 220-acre golf course. The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974, with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.
One of the main features is a bronze sculpture of Nicklaus mentoring a young golfer which was unveiled in 1999 and is in the wide median of Muirfield Drive.
Things To KnowPhoto Courtesy of PGA Tour
- Five-time tournament champion Tiger Woods is one shy of the record for all-time PGA Tour wins held by Sam Snead (82).
- Justin Thomas (wrist injury) returns to competition for the first time since The Masters.
- Rory McIlroy looks to become the second player to win the Memorial and The Players in the same season.
- FedExCup No. 1 and 2013 Memorial winner, Matt Kuchar, has seven top-10’s in 13 starts at Muirfeld Village.
What Are The Odds?
Currently, the odds have DeChambeau as a 35-1 long shot to repeat his title. McIlroy enters as the odds-on favorite at 8-1, and Tiger Woods, whom is a five-time champion has 16-1 odds.
Here’s The Top Favorites To Win:
- Rory McIlroy: 8-1
- Tiger Woods: 12-1
- Patrick Cantlay: 16-1
- Rickie Fowler: 16-1
- Matt Kuchar: 16-1
- Justin Rose: 16-1
SportsLine Prediction Model
This model developed by DFS pro Mike McClure has been spot-on in the 2018-19 season and has nailed five majors entering this weekend which includes Brooks Koepka’s victory at the 2019 PGA Championship.
This model has predicted that Woods won’t finish in the top 10. Coming off a disappointing performance at Bethpage Black, he’ll look to bounce back at a place where he’s seen much success. Woods has finished inside of the top ten 8 out of his 16 Memorial starts.
Someone to watch out for is Jason Day, currently a 18-1 long-shot, he should make a strong run for the title. The simulation shows that he has a much better chance than his odds provide.
Day currently ranks fifth on the tour in birdie average (4.47), he has 170 birdies in 38 total rounds so far this season.
Here’s Our Pick
Winner: Matt Kuchar
Kuchar is been playing well as of late and doesn’t show much weakness in his game.Photo Courtesy of PGA Tour
His greens in regulation percentage leads the pack with 73.72%.
The FedExCup leader is a reliable choice and will make a great run to topping the boards this weekend.