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Golf betting tips: Preview and tips for the 2022 Memorial Tournament

The Memorial Tournament was founded in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus and is played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

There are two golf courses located at Muirfield Village, The Country Club at Muirfield and the signature Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament is held annually.

Muirfield Village Golf Club has hosted several national championships and international team competitions including the 1992 U.S. Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup, the 1998 Solheim Cup, the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2013 Presidents Cup.

Course Overview

Muirfield Village was founded and designed by Jack Nicklaus and officially opened in May 1974. It is named after Muirfield in Scotland where he won the first of his three British Open titles. His victory at Muirfield in 1966 completed the first of his three career Grand Slams.

The origins of Muirfield Village Golf Club – Jack’s Place

One of the main features of the tournament is a yearly induction ceremony honouring past golfers. A plaque for each honouree is installed near the clubhouse at Muirfield. Nicklaus himself was the honouree in 2000.

In June 2014, the PGA Tour approved a resolution to grant the winner a three-year playing exemption, one more than other regular Tour events and on a par with winners of the World Golf Championships, The Tour Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Muirfield Village GC is a 7,300 yard+ Par 72 with 71 bunkers and water in play on 11 holes. Like most of Nicklaus’ designs, the challenge increases as you near the hole. Muirfield Village is a proper test of golf and a good warm-up event for the US Open. The fairways are fairly generous but the rough is demanding.

Tough Test Muirfield Village Golf Club

The greens are tough and it’s a tricky place to get up-and-down. This is again one of those weeks where accuracy will win over power and a good scrambling game won’t go astray. Expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting and a low scoring average on the four gettable Par 5s.

2021 Memorial Tournament | Patrick Cantlay

Winning Score -13 (275)

Last year, Patrick Cantlay, won the Memorial Tournament for the second time in three years after prevailing in a play-off with Collin Morikawa. Both closed with final rounds of -1 (71) to finish -13 (275) for the tournament. Cantlay made par on the first playoff hole to bag his fifth PGA Tour win. It was the 29-year-old’s second win of the season having won the ZOZO Championship @ Sherwood the previous October.

The tournament will be remembered for the untimely withdrawal of Jon Rahm. Rahm, who was the defending champion, was six strokes clear after the third round but was forced to withdraw after testing positive for Coronavirus.

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Patrick Cantlay
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT3.6953
SGAPR6.0645
SGARG4.5223
SGP2.83619
SGT2G14.2841

Like with Cantlay’s 2019 Memorial victory, the magic happened tee-to-green. He topped the pile in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category gaining 14.284 strokes on the field average for the week. This accounted for over 80% of his overall gain for the tournament. He finished in the Top 5 for each of the strokes gained categories for Off-The-Tee, Approach and Around-The-Green. Other stats for the tournament include T43 for Driving Accuracy, 11th for Driving Distance, T1 for GIR and 19th in Strokes Gained Putting.

2020 Memorial Tournament | Jon Rahm

Winning Score -9 (279)

In the 2020 edition of the tournament, Jon Rahm secured his 4th PGA Tour victory by winning the Memorial Tournament. He signed for a final round +3 (75) for a -9 (279) total, three strokes clear of his nearest rival Ryan Palmer. His final round was not without drama. When on the 16th hole he was given a two-shot penalty when his ball moved while addressing the shot.

His victory meant he took over the top spot in the world rankings from Rory McIlroy. In doing so, he joined Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1 in the world.

“I don’t know how to describe it, it’s been a goal (World No.1) since I was 13, 14-years-old.”

Jon Rahm
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Jon Rahm
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT4.1968
SGAPR5.00410
SGARG6.2612
SGP2.26432
SGT2G15.4621

Tee-to-green is where all the magic happened for the Spaniard. He topped the pile in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category which equated to a gain of 15.462 strokes for the tournament or just over 87% of his overall gain. Other stats for the week include T6 for Driving Accuracy, 66th for Driving Distance, T4 for GIR and 32nd in Strokes Gained Putting.

2019 Memorial Tournament | Patrick Cantlay

Winning Score -19 (269)

In 2019, Patrick Cantlay captured his second PGA Tour title wining by two strokes from Adam Scott. He closed with an impressive bogey free final round -8 (64) to finish on a score of -19 (269) for the week.

It was Cantlay’s first victory since winning the Shriner’s Hospitals Open in November 2017 and earned him a handshake from tournament host and 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus.

“It’s been a while since I’ve won and being able to win on this golf course, a golf course I really like in front of Jack, making that putt on the last hole, I can’t tell you how good it feels”

Patrick Cantlay
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Patrick Cantlay
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT3.0168
SGAPR7.3765
SGARG4.1745
SGP4.6577
SGT2G14.5662

Cantlay finished 2nd in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category gaining an impressive 14.566 strokes on the field average for the week. This accounted for three-quarters of his overall gain. His approach play was dialled-in finishing 5th for the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green stat. He also finished inside the Top 10 for Strokes Gained Putting, but this only accounted for 25% of his overall gain. Other stats for the tournament include T51 for Driving Accuracy, 4th for Driving Distance, T11 for GIR and 3rd for Putts per GIR

2018 Memorial Tournament | Bryson DeChambeau

Winning Score -15 (273)

In 2018, Bryson DeChambeau emerged victorious, beating Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley in a playoff. DeChambeau, the 54 hole leader, bogeyed the last hole for a final round -1 (71) and -15 (273) overall. It was his second win on Tour having won the John Deere Classic the previous year.

“To be able to win on Jack’s course is pretty special”

Bryson DeChambeau
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Bryson DeChambeau
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.73425
SGAPR3.68424
SGARG1.58026
SGP5.4656
SGT2G6.99712

Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green (12th) contributed 56% of DeChambeau’s strokes gained on the field average while Strokes Gained Putting (6th) accounted for the balance (44%). Other key stats for the week include T58 Driving Accuracy, 4th Driving Distance, T12 for GIR and T27 in Putts per GIR.

2017 Memorial Tournament | Jason Dufner

Winning Score -13 (275)

The 2017 winner, Jason Dufner, captured the title by 3 strokes from Anirban Lahiri and Rickie Fowler for his 5th PGA Tour victory. He joined tournament host Jack Nicklaus as the only Ohio-born winners of the Memorial.

On his way to victory, Dufner set the 36-hole scoring record but undid much of his good work with a +5 (77) on the Saturday. A final round -4 (68) with two lengthy weather delays, was enough to get the job done.

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Jason Dufner
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.88410
SGAPR10.6821
SGARG2.96713
SGP-0.36847
SGT2G16.5321

Dufner’s game tee-to-green was sublime. He gained an impressive 16.532 strokes over the field average for the week in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. He finished with a negative Strokes Gained Putting losing a total -0.368 to the field. The negative stat was down to his poor showing in the third round when he shot a +5 (77). Other stats for the week include 29th in Driving Distance, T7 in Driving Accuracy, 1st in GIR and T7 in Putts per GIR.

Memorial Tournament Winning Formula

The following table details the Average Strokes Gained in each of the key strokes gained categories for the past five champions of the Memorial Tournament.

Last 5 Champions
Strokes Gained Category
Average Strokes GainedAverage Finishing
Position SG Category
SGOTT3.10511th
SGAPR6.5629th
SGARG3.90110th
SGP2.97122nd
SGT2G13.5683rd

Graphing the above Average Strokes Gained gives a visual check on the likely key areas required for success at this week’s Memorial Tournament.

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The Memorial Tournament Tips

Xander Schauffle golf betting tips

Xander Schauffele 20/1 (E/W) – the San Diego native has good history at the Memorial with his last three results reading T14-T13-T11. A battling T13 on his last outing in the PGA Championship was preceded with a T5 in the AT&T Byron Nelson. Statistically well-balanced, he tops the pile in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 9th on Tour for Birdie Average and 10th for GIR. There is a justified expectation for more from the 28-year-old who hasn’t won a stroke-play event on Tour since the 2019 Sentry TOC. With game and confidence on the upward trajectory, his return to the winner’s circle cannot be far away.

Hideki Matsuyama golf betting tips

Hideki Matsuyama 25/1 (E/W) – a former champion at Jack’s place, winning at Muirfield Village in 2014. Followed the victory with a T13 in 2018 and a solo 6th in 2019. The 30-year-old is already a multiple winner this season with victories in the ZOZO Championship and Sony Open. He also finished an eye-catching T3 in the recent AT&T Byron Nelson which included a final round -10 (62). The tee-to-green maestro places 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis, he is also 8th on Tour for Birdie Average and 12th for GIR. Fits the archetype for success this week and no doubting he has the potential and skill-set to make it win No. 3 this season.

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