AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

STAR PREVIEW: Memorial Tournament

This week we are at Jacks place in Dublin Ohio for the 2019 Memorial. Nicklaus designed the Muirfield Village course. He makes tweaks and adjustments to it every year to make it a fresh challenge for the invited field of one hundred and twenty of the world’s top golfers. The course itself is long and the fairways are wide. But if you do stray, the rough is amongst some of the most penal on tour. So, we’re looking for long straight hitters with good scrambling games to get around Jack’s tricky, bunker strewn layout.

Blue Horseshoe Loves:

Patrick Cantlay – Currently 16/1 with starsports.bet

Since the Masters Cantlay has been consistently getting close to a win this season. While not particularly long, Cantlay is straight. Stats wise he ranks inside the top fifty in shots gained putting, fourth in shots gained total, and a very impressive first on the tour in scrambling this season. To put it bluntly, this guy is due.

Jason Day – Currently 22/1 with starsports.bet

This is Jason’s home track. He lives nearby with his family and is a member of Muirfield Village. He has gone close here in years gone past and his recent results of top ten finished suggests he is starting to free himself of some the injuries that have plagued him this year and is returning to somewhere near peak form. If that’s the case Day is a hard man to beat, especially around the greens. He is ranked tenth on tour in strokes gained putting and is plenty long enough to get himself into position to make putts here.

Gary Woodland – Currently 33/1 with starsports.bet

I tipped Gary Woodland at the US PGA Championship as it was a course that required dead straight long ball bombers. Woodland ended up finishing in a tie for eighth, which was an impressive result at what proved to be an extremely testing course. Woodland has gone well at Muirfield in the past including a fourth place finish in 2016. The straight drivers have a history of winning here and given the fact that he is clearly in good form with a tour ranking of seventh in shots gained tee to green, I am going to jump on Gary again.

Corey Conners – Currently 125/1 with starsports.bet

I like the way this kid plays. He has a long languid swing similar to that of Ernie Els. Conners picked up his maiden PGA tour win this season, but something tells me he’s not done yet. The Canadian ranks inside the top fifty in driving accuracy and tenth in shots gained tee to green this season. This course should suit his game and if Conners can get off to a good start and get that rhythmic swing going he is great each way value at 125/1.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)

2pts each way PATRICK CANTLAY at around 16/1 with starsports.bet
1pt each way JASON DAY at around 22/1 with starsports.bet
1pt each way GARY WOODLAND at around 33/1 with starsports.bet
1pt each way COREY CONNERS at around 125/1 with starsports.bet

EW 1/5 odds, 6 places

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