NCG form expert Barry Plummer outlines three players he fancies to go well at Muirfield Village this week
As the dust settles on another great week at the Charles Schwab Challenge, we now head to the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village. With 120 of the greatest names in the game teeing it up this week, I really have got my work cut out to find the winner – but fear not as I have three who I think have a great chance. But first…
Memorial Tournament details
Venue: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Ohio, USA
Date: June 3-6, 2021
Course stats: Par 72; 7,456 yards
Course summary: This famous Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead design has plenty of character. Undulating, tree-lined fairways weave towards tricky green complexes made up of a Bentgrass and Poa Annua blend. Water is in play on 11 holes, whilst thick rough and heavy bunkering increase the level of challenge. This is a true ball-striker’s paradise, with accuracy perhaps prevailing over distance.
Purse: $9.3 million
Defending champion: Jon Rahm (-9)
How to watch
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 12.15pm, Sky Sports Golf from 5pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 9pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 12.15pm and Sky Sports Golf from 5pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 3pm and Sky Sports Golf from 5pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf (Red Button) from 3pm and Sky Sports Golf from 4.30pm
Who will win the Memorial Tournament?
Bazza’s Banker: Jordan Spieth @ 14/1 with Bet365
How can you not include the hottest player on the planet right now in the staking plan for this type of event? Spieth led the way in Texas last week before a disappointing final round opened the door for Jason Kokrak to steal victory. However, despite the overall result, Spieth was there and challenging again, which is in keeping with his form of late. Spieth has racked up five top-10 finishes, including a win in Texas, in his last six starts. He also ranks 1st for SG: Total in the last three months, and shows no signs of slowing down as he surges up the world rankings. On a course where has finished in the top-10 twice previously, he is impossible to ignore this week.
The outsider: Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 30/1 with Bet365
This is the type of test that Fitzpatrick will relish, and with some respectable course form he is certainly one to follow this week. Fitzpatrick finished 3rd here behind eventual winner Jon Rahm and runner-up Ryan Palmer last year, and his recent form further justifies his selection with two top-10 finishes in his last six starts. In the last three months, Fitzpatrick also ranks 3rd for SG: Off-the-Tee and 8th for SG: Putting, both of which are important factors here. If the Englishman can get his irons dialled in this week, the field will want to keep an eye on Fitzpatrick as the danger man.
The long shot: Gary Woodland @ 60/1 with Bet365
Woodland has started to rediscover his form of late, and this could be the opportune moment to get on board. The former US Open champion has two top-6 finishes in his last six starts and was 5th on this course last year. His experience at this venue will also put him in good stead, as he has only missed the cut twice in his last 11 visits. At a big price he represents each-way value if he can continue to progress back to the sort of form that saw him achieve that US Open win.
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