PGA Tour Betting Picks: The Memorial

It’s really too bad golf isn’t horseshoes or hand grenades because we were SO CLOSE to getting a 12 to 1 win just a few days ago with Justin Thomas at the Workday Charity Open.

When he sunk that 50-foot birdie putt in the playoff, I just knew it was a wrap but Collin Morikawa, like Thomas, is a special player.

Heck, I thought it was over when JT had a 3-shot lead with 3 holes to go.

The announcers started saying he “will” take first place in the FedEx Cup standings with his win here.

Thanks a lot, guys.

All was not lost, though, as we did have Patrick Cantlay pegged for a top 10.

I don’t even think he cracked the top twenty until his Sunday 65 got him a top ten finish and a (+150) payout for us.

It’s not the 12 to 1 we wanted but it was the (+150) we needed.

Patrick did have some rust to knock off, though, as he hasn’t been playing as much competitive golf since the break as some of his peers.

I like him this week, for sure.

We are on the same course as last week. Some of the tee and pin locations are changed and expected to play more difficult but it’s still the same Jack Nicklaus designed course we are used to.

Big Daddy Bryson Dechambeau is your betting favorite and why not?

5, 2, 4, 3, 8, 6, 1…

Those are Bryson’s last 6 tournament placings.

Brooks, Jon Rahm, Rory, and DJ will also be in the field this week.

BetOnline.AG has the betting odds for us this week.

Let’s get to our picks!

First Round Leader

Patrick Cantlay: +2500

He is the defending champ.

That’s a good start.

He knocked off rust over the first few rounds this past weekend on the same course.

Then posted a 65 on Sunday that could have easily been a 62 or 63 if a couple more putts would have fallen.

I just think he will be more locked in in the first round in particular than guys like Rory, Rahm, and Bryson who had last week off.

It’s hard to get behind anybody for the win this week because the field is so thick.

Pretty much everybody is at this party.

Take a stab at Pat to win the first round on Thursday and we will take him top ten at (+175) as well for the tourney.

1st Round Leader and Top Ten
Cantlay

Top 5

Bryson Dechambeau: +225

I wanted to take the big man for the win but I like him top five at better than 2 to 1.

I mentioned a moment ago what kinda roll this guy is on and it is truly something special.

You have some golfers who were good before the break and some who have been hot after but this guy is equally dominant.

In no particular order, his previous 7 tournament finishes-8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

On that alone, he should be an automatic top five pick.

He did win this tourney a couple of years ago also.

Top 5
Dechambeau

Top 20

Xander Schauffele: +110

The X-man is having a rather quiet 2020 compared to last season but he is still quite the force and his skills line up pretty well with the challenges presented by Muirfield Village.

  • The man was 14th here last week.
  • 14th at The Memorial last year.

Let’s make it another 14th, bro, or 15th, up to you.

Top 20
Schauffele

Daniel Berger: +200

I mentioned the kind of year Bryson DeChambeau is having.

Well, Daniel Berger isn’t too far behind him.

The man may not have the outstanding course history here like several of his colleagues but you cannot argue against his current form.

I think the (+200) here has a boatload of value.

I would think he would be 2 to 1 for a top ten but 20?

Let it ride!

Just listen to what Daniel Berger has been able to do this season.

9, 5, 4, 1, 3.

He has taken a few weeks off but I’m sure the 27-year-old having a breakout season isn’t letting up in July, especially before we have even played one major tournament.

The course history isn’t there but the course fit and tremendous form lend themselves to a top 20 wager.

It just happens to be (+200) so that is a bonus.

I would take him at (+125).

Top 20
Berger

In Conclusion

There you have it, guys.

Short and sweet for the Memorial.

We went over a lot of the course specifics last week and we were on JT to get the win before all the other big sticks came to the yard for this week’s Memorial.

How could we forget the super soph’s, though?

Viktor Hovland looked strong at times especially off the tee but Collin Morikawa’s accuracy off the tee bested JT and he held his own putting.

I don’t think Thomas is a bad play this week but I like where we went with our selections a lot.

Daniel Berger and Bryson DeChambeau are the two hottest golfers on the PGA Tour.

  • Both have won in the past month and Big Daddy has a victory here a couple of years ago.
  • Patrick Cantlay won here last year and had the best round of the tourney closing with a 65 this past Sunday.

I expect him to get off to a hot start!

Get your bets in now and enjoy the links this weekend at one of the best golf courses in the world at Muirfield Village.

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.