The Workday Charity Open is intended as a one time replacement for the John Deere Classic. Tournament officials cancelled the John Deere Classic believing restrictions and guidelines in Illinois towards the Coronavirus pandemic limited its ability to host.
The Workday Charity Open will be a full field event held at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. It will be held the week before the same course hosts the Memorial Tournament. The course is set to undergo major renovations following this year’s edition of the Memorial.
“We are extremely pleased to join with Workday and Muirfield Village Golf Club to present this new event as we continue our Return to Golf efforts”
Andy Pazder, Chief Tournament & Competitions Officer for the PGA Tour
The purse for the Workday Charity Open is $6.2M while the purse for next week’s Memorial Tournament, an invitational event, is $9.3M.
Spectators will not be allowed for the Workday Charity Open, however, the Memorial is scheduled to be the first Tour event with fans in attendance. Patrons will be subject to stringent safety protocols due to the ongoing pandemic.
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.
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.
It 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. The fairways are fairly generous but the rough is demanding.
The greens are tough and it’s a tricky place to get up-and-down. This is 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.
While this week is a new tournament to the PGA Tour schedule, Muirfield Village Golf Club is certainly no stranger. The course has hosted the Memorial Tournament since 1976 when Roger Maltbie beat Hale Irwin in a playoff.
In last year’s Memorial Tournament, 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.
Workday Charity Open Betting Tips
Hideki Matsuyama 16/1 (E/W) – a winner at Muirfield Village in the 2014 edition of the Memorial Tournament. Has three Top 10 finishes at Jack’s place since, including a solo 6th last year. Looks to have shaken off the dust after the forced break from Covid at last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. A T21 at Detroit Golf Club was underlined by a 7th in SG:Approach-The-Green and 3rd in SG:Tee-To-Green. No surprise that the consumate pro features in the Top 5 in this week’s Stats Analysis. Muirfield Village fits perfectly in his wheel-house. Putting is his Achilles heel but if he drains his fair share he will be in the mix come Sunday.
Gary Woodland 45/1 (E/W) – a regular visitor to Muirfield Village Golf Club, his best result here in the recent past is a T4 in 2016. Has five Top 10’s from eleven starts this season including a solo 9th in the Charles Schwab Challenge. A solid all-round game puts him 3rd in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is also 7th on Tour for GIR and 11th for Scoring Average. Willing to overlook slump in recent form based on his key skill set of power and precision. Form is temporary but class is permanent. Perfect week for the big-hitter to get his season back on track.