While it was certainly not fun for golf fans when the PGA was in lockdown for a few months, they have to be pleased at how things are looking now that we are back in action. Every tournament since the return has had an amazing field of players taking part. This weekend will be no exception, with each of the top 12 players in the FedEx Cup standings heading to Muirfield Village to take part in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. This course, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus, is one of the most iconic courses on the tour, so this one should be a ton of fun. The action begins on Thursday, July 16, so let’s look ahead at some of the favorites for this one so you can make your bets against their PGA odds.
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Bryson DeChambeau (+1000)
Since the return of the PGA, you would be hard pressed to find a player in better form than Bryson DeChambeau. He could well be on pace to equal or better his career year of 2018, when he had 3 wins. He picked up his first win of the season in the Rocket Mortgage Classic a couple of weeks ago, marking the 4th straight time that he landed in the top 10 since the resumption of play. DeChambeau has bulked up and has added a ton of power to his game, which could serve him well this coming weekend. He is currently sitting at #4 in the FedEx Cup standings, plus he won this event in 2018.
Justin Thomas (+1100)
You cannot talk about potential favorites to win a tournament without bringing the FedEx Cup leader in the conversation. This will be the 5th event for Thomas since the return of the PGA, and other than one where he missed the cut, he has been consistent, landing in the top 10 on 3 different occasions. Thomas, though, has not had a lot of joy at this event, so this is a wager that you may want to make carefully if you decide that he is your man. That said, he does already have a pair of wins under his belt this season.
Rory McIlroy (+1400)
The #1 player in the world is once again in the field at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, where he will be looking to improve upon a rather uneven return to play. His best finish since returning from the lockdown is a 11th place tie, which he got at the last event that he played in. He is certainly having a tough time getting back into the swing, which is unfortunate when you consider the hot run that he was on heading into the break. Still, he is a player that you cannot ignore, especially at such a great price.
Patrick Cantlay (+1400)
If you look back into the history of a particular event, you very often find that one player always seems to do well on that course. While not having a particularly great history at Muirfield Village, Patrick Cantlay does come into this one as the defending champion after shooting a -19 last year to beat Adam Scott by 2 strokes. That was one of only 2 victories that Cantlay has had on the PGA Tour, though, so you do have to wonder if he has what it takes to repeat, especially when going against such a strong field.