To kick off the month of June, the PGA Tour will be in Ohio for the Memorial Tournament 2022, which is hosted by Muirfield Village. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and always makes for a fun week in a star-studded estate.
Below we look for the best prop bets among the 2022 Memorial Tournament Odds and make our picks and predictions on the PGA Tour.
Jon Rahm won the Memorial in 2020 and likely would have continued to defend his title last year had it not been for a positive COVID-19 test, which forced him to retire before the final round with a 6-stroke lead. He is the No. 1 player of this week Golf week/Sagarine rankings.
The next highest ranked player in the field is Victor Hovlandwhich is 4th in the Golfweek rankings. Rory McIlroy (5th), Hideki Matsuyama (6th), Patrick Canlay (7th), Cameron Smith (8th) and Shane Lowry (9th) are also on the field. Cantlay is the defending champion and also won the title at Muirfield in 2019.
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2022 Memorial Tournament – Top 5 Picks
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Rory McIlroy (+280)
McIlroy hasn’t finished outside the top-8 in his last 3 starts, with a pair of top-5s. He has found a rhythm now and although he still usually has 1 lap flowing his week, he is doing very well at Muirfield where his driver will be a weapon off the tee which gives him a big advantage.
Patrick Cantlay (+320)
Cantlay has won this event twice in the past 3 years and also placed 4th in 2018. So yeah, he loves Jack’s spot. He shockingly missed the cut in his last PGA Championship start, but in his 2 previous events he came 1st and 2nd. I love his chances of finishing in the top 5.
Xander Schauele (+425)
Schauffele has gone T-14, T-13, and T-11 in his last 3 Memorial Tournament starts, so he’s steadily improved. He also has 2 top-5 finishes in his last 3 starts this season, including a win with Cantlay at the Zurich Classic. He arrives this week in good shape.
Other T5 contenders (in order from longest to shortest):
- Cameron Young (+750)
- Shane Lowry (+500)
2022 Memorial Tournament – Top 10 Picks
Jordan Spieth (+210)
Spieth has 5 top-20s in his last 7 Memorial Tournament starts, including 2 top-10s. His putter has betrayed him for the past few weeks, but his ball-striking is good enough to take on Muirfield. I like his chances of finishing near the top again.
Davis Riley (+450)
Riley is taking his first steps in this tournament but very few players in the world are playing better than him right now. Here are his last 5 starts: T-4, 5, T-9, T-13, T-4. He doesn’t dominate a single category, but he’s pretty accurate off the bat, hits long enough, and putts better than average.
Patrick Roseau (+480)
Reed had a tough time earlier this year when he missed 3 straight cuts, but he righted the ship a bit, finishing T-7 last week in Texas. He never missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament and finished 5th last year, so now is a good time to buy low on Reed as he comes to a course that suits him well.
Other T10 contenders (in order from longest to shortest):
2022 Memorial Tournament – Top 20 Picks
Ricky Fowler (+300)
Good to see Fowler playing at least pretty well lately, with 2 top-25 finishes in his last 3 starts. Since 2017, he has placed in the top 15 of this tournament four times and missed the cut once. So he clearly enjoys playing at Muirfield, and this could be the week he finally lands his 2nd top 10 of the season.
Chris Kirk (+230)
Kirk already has a top 5 finish here (2014) and tied for 26th last year, so his Memorial record is better than average. His last 2 starts have resulted in T-5 and T-15 finishes at the PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge, and he dropped in the standings on Sunday with a 74 finish. He’s playing well right now.
Memorial Tournament 2022 – Matchups
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- Patrick Canlay (-135) against Collin Morikawa (+115)
- Shane Lowry (-110) against Matthew Fitzpatrick (-110)
- Davis Riley (+100) against Mito Pereira (-120)
It’s really easy to like Cantlay in any game this week, given his history at this event. Morikawa’s putter has also failed him lately, which doesn’t bode well for this week.
Lowry tied for 6th here last year, is playing well and in a coinflip with Fitzpatrick, I like the Irishman’s chances.
Pereira responded well after PGA heartbreak by tying for 7th place last week, but plus-money Riley is great value against a player who could step back this week.
Memorial Tournament 2022 – Top American
Xander Schauele (+1000)
Schauffele has the second-best odds of any American, and you’re essentially winning him the tournament without Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, and Hideki Matsuyama. They’re a tough group of Americans to beat, but Schauffele is steady as they go.
Memorial Tournament 2022 – Best Australian
Cameron Smith (+200)
Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Jason Day are Smith’s best competitors among Australians on the pitch, but none of them have the talent and ability to sink really low like Smith.
2022 Memorial Tournament – First Round Leader
Jordan Spieth (+3000)
Spieth had the second-lowest first-round score in 2019 when he shot a 66. He was also near the top with a first-round 70 in 2020. If his putter heats up, he can birdie Thursday.
Patrick Cantlay (+3000)
Cantlay started with a 68 and a 69 in his 2 Memorial wins, so it’s not like he started the week with a really low score. But he’s the kind of player who can rack up the birdies with his consistent putting. He should be there after the first round on Thursday.
More expert prop bet predictions
Will there be playoffs? Yes: (+300)
This is a major type field with a lot of skill, and the final winning margin is usually no more than 2 hits. Five of the last 8 Memorial Tournaments have ended in the playoffs. It will be played on the wire and we will have playoffs for the 3rd week in a row.
Best English: Matthew Fitzpatrick (-150)
At -150, it’s pretty obvious that there aren’t many strong contenders coming from the English field this week. Aaron Rai has the second-best odds at +400, but Fitzpatrick shouldn’t have much trouble finishing as England’s best player this week.
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