With just two weeks to go before the highly anticipated US Open from the spectacular Pebble Beach, the PGA Tour’s top players head over to Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio, for the Memorial Tournament. FansBet golf expert David Kristiansen returns with his betting preview and tips for the event and if you are after some value then head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our enhanced odds available.
What Happened At The Charles Schwab
Kevin Na secured his 3rd PGA tour victory after shooting an impressive 66 (-4) on Sunday. No one really pressed the South Korean born Californian down the stretch with Tony Finau getting closest finishing solo 2nd three shots back of Na.
Finau now have 21 top 10 finishes since his one and only win on tour back in 2016 at the Puerto Rico Open. Jordan Spieth continued his climb back to the top of the game with a T8 making it his first back to back top 10s since April last year.
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About Muirfield Village
Course: Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio
Length: 7,392 yards (Par 72)
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
Its Memorial week again and as always, the field that shows up at “Jack`s place” is stellar. Including a certain Mr Woods and 7 of the top 10 players in the official world golf rankings.
Muirfield Village has wide fairways but if you miss them you are in big trouble since the rough is brutal and often just leads to players punching it out sideways. But even if you need to drive it somewhat straight to have any resemblance of a chance here this is most definitely a second shot golf course.
The players face small-ish greens that are severely undulated and lightning fast. Like Augusta angels into the greens are essential and short siding yourself around the green will almost always lead to a bogey.
All the par 3s measure between 175-200 yards, 7 of the par 4s are between 450-500 yards and all the par 5s are reachable for everybody in the field.
The winning score is usually somewhere between -10 and -15 and shorter hitters can compete here as shown by the victories of Jason Dufner (2017), William McGirt (2016) and Matt Kuchar (2013). Things to look for/at:
- Strokes gained approach
- Par 5 scoring
- Proximity 150-175 and 175-200 yards
- Bentgrass and/or lighting fast greens putting
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As the 5-time major champion gets closer and closer to the big 5-0 (he turns 49 in 3 weeks) the courses he can contend at shrinks.
At a course like Bethpage where you must drive it far and straight Phil doesn’t have a chance against the young guns, but when the primary skill tested is precise approaches into tiny difficult greens he can still not just contend but win as he did at Pebble Beach earlier this year.
It doesn’t hurt that the green areas are similar to Augusta`s as the 3-time Masters champion knows what he is doing on and around lightning quick and undulated bentgrass greens.
Kokrak just keeps impressing, he even had a very respectable T23 at the PGA Championship two weeks ago for his second-best major performance ever.
He now has 6 top 25s in his last 8 starts and hasn’t missed a cut since July last year. He doesn’t have a good track record around this place but I wouldn’t put to much weight on that since he seems to be on another level compared to previous seasons and when we look at what he does well Muirfield should set up pretty nicely for the American.
He has gained strokes on approach in 9 of his last 10 starts and ranks in the top 20 in both the 150-175 yards(9th) and 175-200 yards(16th) range.
The 2011 PGA champion has yet to lose strokes on approach all season and has gained over 6 shots in 2 of his last 4 starts so if it is one guy that Muirfield should be tailor-made for it is Keegan.
His form is decent if not spectacular with a T43 at The Masters and a T29 at The PGA as his last two made cuts. He showed at the BMW Championship in September that he can not only still win but win against all the best players in the world.
His last 4 starts here: 23rd-MC-8th-8th is promising. As always with Bradley it is his putting that has been holding him back from being in contention more often and if he can deliver an ok putting performance on his preferred surface, he could very well be in the mix come Sunday afternoon.
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