What a tournament we have this week at Memorial hosted by Jack Nicklaus. He always invites the cream of the crop, and this year they have all accepted. Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth arrive having all won their last starts, each in brilliant fashion. Jason Day won The Players Championship by winning wire to wire at Sawgrass, Rory finally grabbed a title with a faultless display as he hosted the Irish Open, and Jordan Speith put the ghosts of Augusta behind him with a fabulous victory at Dean & Deluca in Texas. The big three go up against each other in a mouth watering event.
All three of the above have varying games and ways of winning, but here Speith is the same price as he was last week against a far weaker field, and Day doesn’t have the best record around this course and may be a little rusty from a few weeks break. That leaves Rory McIlroy as the main tip, having always performed well here, the space tee to green will suit and it looked like his putter was warming up at The K Club.
Someone who’s been ultra consistent for a few weeks now is Matt Kuchar. Always there or thereabouts he really doesn’t win enough titles considering the positions he puts himself in to. He loves it around here and is still waiting for his first title of 2016. A steady tournament lies ahead for Kooch and he could well have a say on the Sunday.
Last week I put up Kevin Chappell and he missed the cut after a shocking 72 in the second round. He can bounce back here and because of the top three in the betting he’s a great price to win his maiden PGA event. It bodes well in terms of records as plenty have picked up win number one around here including the last two, Hideki Matsuyma and David Lingmerth. Chappell has also played well around similar courses such as Sawgrass, Quail Hollow and finished runner up here behind Kuchar in 2013.
Finally my big outsider is Rafael Cabrera Bello, as he heads back over the pond to continue his great work on the US PGA Tour. He’s played five events in America this season with one missed cut at Sawgrass, a 3rd, 4th, 11th and 17th and every time he’s looked comfortable on the course. He played well at Wentworth last week and only a few dropped shots late in the final round prevented him from another top 10 finish. This is his debut at Memorial but I fully expect him to keep up with the big boys come Sunday.
Advised Bets (9 points in total)
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