The 2019 Memorial Tournament: Who Wins?

Published on May 29, 2019

Bryson DeChambeau will be looking to defend his title and go back-to-back at the 2019 Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio this weekend. The Memorial will begin May 30 and run through June 2.

Bryson DeChambeau- 2018 Memorial Winner

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 Know

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  • 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:

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.

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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.

Taylor Lee is a former Sports Editor at Grit Daily. With over ten years of experience in the business realm including an MBA from Grand Canyon University, Taylor focuses his writing in the fields of sports, music, and business. His other interest include being outdoors, cigars, and fine bourbons.

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