The next PGA Tour event is already upon us, and it’s a special one this week. The Memorial is one of the most storied events on Tour, and it counts many great players among its past champions. One of the big storylines heading into this week is the entry of Tiger Woods, whose status this week had been unknown until fairly recently. Other top players, such as Rory McIlroy, are also in the field. To learn more about the favorites and selected underdogs heading into the first round of the Memorial, read on.
The Memorial Tournament Favorites
McIlroy heads into the tournament this week as the sole favorite. The SugarHouse Casino sportsbook puts his odds at +800. McIlroy has never won the Memorial, although he has come close on two occasions. He finished T8 last year and T4 in 2016. Rory is off to a strong start to this season, including a big win at the Player’s Championship.
Tiger is the second favorite to win the Memorial this week at +1200. He may have missed the cut at the PGA Championship, but he’s still off to a good start to the season. In case you haven’t heard, he won the Masters last month. Tiger has also contended in several other events this season. Furthermore, Tiger has had a great deal of success in this event, winning it five times over the years. He hasn’t won since 2012, but this just might be his year again.
The Memorial Tournament Underdogs
Harold Varner III
Harold Varner III comes into this week as a +150000 dog, according to the SugarHouse book. He’s been playing well this season, with 2 top-10 finishes already. Varner III didn’t play the Memorial last year, but he did have a strong T19 finish in 2017.
Perennial fan favorite Ryan Moore is the second underdog that we’ll be following at the Memorial. SugarHouse puts him at +100000 to win. This is a bit of a surprise, as he has nearly won twice already this season. He has a 2nd place finish at the Safeway Open and a 3rd place finish at the Valero Texas Open to his name this year. He has had several good performances in this event in recent years, including a T13 last year, a T18 in 2015 and a T19 finish in 2014.