STAR PREVIEW: The Memorial Tournament with BLUE HORSESHOE

It’s week two of the PGA Tour at the Memorial Course in Dublin Ohio, but this time it’s called the Memorial. So, what did we learn from last week’s event? These were my 3 key points from the Workday Charity Open:

1️⃣ Jack’s course is a serious test for even the best golfers in the world.
2️⃣ Big scores are lurking in the thick woods for those who get it wrong off the tee.
3️⃣ The course will be twice as hard this week with the longer rough and the faster greens.

With two of my picks placing last week I should be happy, but I’m not. My rank outsider, Sam Burns, who I tipped up last week at 175/1 was in a tie for third at the start of the fourth round and had a realistic chance to win the tournament. However, the promise of a great return for the win or place dissolved on the first hole of the day when he carded a triple bogey seven. In one hole he undid three rounds of superb work. I watched the rest of the final round in fairly bad humour, despite it being a thrilling playoff, won by one of the kids I have tipped up regularly in Collin Morikawa. As for Sam Burns, he is another kid with a bright future. Remember his name, he will win one soon enough and he will likely come in at very nice price.

This week Blue Horseshoe Loves:

Xander Schauffele – currently at 28/1

Schauffele finished in a tie for 14th last week and would have been right there if it wasn’t for a poor second round. His game seems close now and he will appreciate the faster greens. I rate his putting ability as amongst the best in the game and I think he will enjoy this week’s conditions.

Patrick Cantlay – currently at 14/1

I had Cantlay in my selections last week and his strong finish to tie for seventh tells me he’s nearing peak form. The defending champ of the Memorial tournament will appreciate the similar conditions to last year and I think he’s a good shout to go back to back.

Dustin Johnson – currently at 16/1

While Johnson didn’t play last week, I was hugely impressed by his emphatic win at the Travelers Championship. When Johnson has his distance control sorted with his irons, he is a very hard man to beat. His superb approach play and his putting at the Travelers showed me that he’s back in the zone. The extra distance added to the Memorial this week also plays to Johnson’s strengths.

Jason Day – currently at 60/1

I tipped Day at 66/1 last week and he duly placed, which eased some of the pain of Sam Burns. I’m going to go again with him this week for the same reasons as last week. This is his home course. He knows it like the back of is hand, he’ll like the quicker conditions around the greens and his performance last week, including an excellent final round 67, shows me that he’s coming back in to some sort of form.

Matt Wallace – currently at 150/1

I’ve been impressed by Matt Wallace’s performances on the PGA Tour over the last few weeks. He has amassed handful of high leader board finishes of late and his game is definitely trending upward. He shook off a poor start with an excellent final round 67 at this same venue last week and I believe he will have learned a lot about the course and how to play it. I think 150/1 represents a good each way value play.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK XANDER SCHAUFFELE 1.5 pt each way at 28/1 with
BACK PATRICK CANTLAY 1.5 pt each way at 14/1 with
BACK DUSTIN JOHNSON 1.5 pt each way at 16/1 with
BACK JASON DAY 1 pt each way at 60/1 with
BACK MATT WALACE 1 pt each way at 150/1 with

PROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 228.75 points
(Excluding Cheltenham 2021 antepost, Premier League ante-post, Six Nations Outright, Six Nations Specials, Cameron Brown Football Bets, Derby bet)