Welcome to June and the official start of the summer season. The next four moths feature three major championships, golf’s return to the Olympics, the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup. Buckle up, it’s about to get real.
Kicking off the summer of golf is Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament played a Muirfield Village. Given the weight the Golden Bear’s name still pulls, it’s no surprise that one of the best fields of the season is teeing it up this week in Dublin. Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are all in attendance, as are six of the top-10 and 30 of the top-50 in the world.
What The Experts Are Saying
Jeff Sherman of GolfOdds.com and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has set Jason Day and Rory McIlroy as co-favorites at 6.5/1. Jordan Spieth is just behind them at 7/1. Past champion Hideki Matsuyama is next at 15/1, followed by Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar at 20/1. Bubba Watson is 25/1.
Rob Bolton at PGATour.com set his Power Rankings as follows: 1. Spieth, 2. Hideki, 3. Rory, 4. Day, 5. Kuchar, 6. Bubba, 7. Patrick Reed, 8. DJ, 9. Chris Kirk, 10. Rickie, 11. Daniel Berger, 12. Bill Haas, 13. Jason Dufner, 14. Justin Thomas, 15. Francesco Molinari.
Pat Mayo at RotoExperts.com is playing Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Chappell, Matt Kuchar and Marc Leishman.
Steve Bamford at Golf Betting System is backing Spieth, Chappell, Kirk, Leishman and Thomas.
Lastly, Ben Coley of Sporting Life’s Betting Zone is putting money on Thomas, Chappell, Paul Casey, Roberto Castro and Rickie Fowler.
Horses For Courses
Here’s how guys have fared recently in this tournament, via Golf Betting System:
One and Done
Used: Jimmy Walker, T10 (Hyundai); Brandt Snedeker, P2 (Sony); Patrick Reed, T56 (CB Challenge); Jamie Lovemark, T31 (Farmers); Bubba Watson, T14 (Phoenix); Phil Mickelson, 2 (Pebble); Charl Schwartzel, T45 (NTO); Sergio Garcia, 2 (Honda); Justin Rose, T17 (Cadillac); Ryan Moore, 3 (Valspar); Henrik Stenson, T3 (Bay Hill); Scott Brown, T5 (Puerto Rico); Paul Casey (Match Play); Louis Oosthuizen, MC (Shell); Rory McIlroy, T10 (Masters); Matt Kuchar, T48 (Heritage); Billy Horschel, T36 (Zurich); Hideki Matsuyama, T11 (Wells Fargo); Branden Grace, T57 (PLAYERS); Matt Kuchar, 3 (Byron Nelson); Jason Dufner, T6 (Colonial).