After a very shaky start to the golf season, the underdogs are starting to roar on the PGA Tour.
Emiliano Grillo won the Charles Schwab Challenge last weekend as a +10,000 outsider, and two weeks earlier, Wyndham Clarke had won the Wells Fargo Championship with a +6,000 long shot.
Both fell short of Kurt Kitayama’s victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 200/1, but it’s refreshing to see a surprise winner heading into the US Open in a few weeks.
The even better news is that Muirfield village has become an excellent hunting ground for longshot in recent years.
Five of the past eight winners of the Memorial Tournament have achieved +4000 or higher (including defending champion Billy Horschel, who was +6000 before the first round), two of them (2016’s Will McGirt and David Ringmarth in 2015) is a three-digit lottery.
So while there’s a good chance that any of the tournament favorites Scotty Schaeffler, Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele or Rory McIlroy will win this weekend, they’ll still stand a chance with a long shot. It’s also a good idea to set expectations. Make magic at Jack’s Place.
2023 Memorial Tournament Selections
Shane Lowry (+5500, fan duel)
Regardless of the strength of the field, it’s always easy to insist on betting on Shane Lowry on this number.
In fact, it can be said that the best time to bet on Irish players is when the going gets tough.
Lowry has won British Open Championships and WGC events on the PGA Tour, as well as the BMW PGA Championship title.
Muirfield Village can play very tough, so supporting one of the best grinders in the game with this number seems like a smart punt.
Kam Davis (+11000, fan duel)
It’s never a bad idea to buy cheap after reading yesterday’s news on the PGA Tour.
Cam Davis had plenty of betting support at Colonial last week, which culminated in T4 at the PGA Championship thanks to a strong run that included three top-10 finishes in five full-field events. .
Still, the Australian didn’t qualify for Charles Schwab, so we won’t hear much about him before Memorial.
This is good news for value hunters who are trending in the right direction and can get a great off-the-tee player who won +3800 last week (although the field was much softer).
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Ryan Fox (+15000, fan duel)
It’s been a quiet and strong year for Ryan Fox on different continents.
The New Zealander finished T20 at the Dubai Desert Classic at the end of January and has since had three more Top 20 finishes at The Players (T27), Masters (T26) and PGA Championship (T23). , and the Charles Schwab Challenge (T21).
These tournaments aren’t easy to navigate, but that shows that this challenging course and deep fields don’t scare the Foxes.