Day 1 of the Memorial is over, and the performances of our selected players varied widely. One of the players in this space is even leading the tournament after the first round, and it’s not the one you might think. Of course, there’s still a lot of golf to be played. Will one of the golfers we’re following this week make it into the winner’s circle on Sunday? Stay tuned over the next few days to find out. For now, see below to learn how our players fared on Day 1 of the 2019 Memorial.
The Memorial Favorites
Rory was the overwhelming favorite coming into this week at odds of +800, according to the SugarHouse Casino sports book. However, those odds have increased sharply after McIlroy’s lackluster performance in round 1. He shot a three over par 75, putting him T88. Rory is now 10 shots back of the lead. His updated odds to win the tournament are +6600 at SugarHouse.
Tiger played a solid round of golf on Thursday, finishing with a two under par 70. He’s in good shape to make a run for the tournament on the weekend, as long as he plays well tomorrow. Tiger was second favorite before the start of play at +1200. SugarHouse still puts his odds of winning this week at +1200.
The Memorial Underdogs
Harold Varner III
Varner III didn’t get off to a particularly good start on Thursday. He shot a two over par 74 to finish the day nine back of the lead. He was already a long shot, and neither Parx Casino nor SugarHouse are even taking bets on him winning the tournament as of now. Who knows, maybe he’ll go low tomorrow and get himself back into the conversation.
The leader at the end of Day 1 is Ryan Moore, who fired a fine seven under par 65. He was +100000 before play began, but SugarHouse now puts his odds at +1100. Of course, the first round leader rarely goes on to win the tournament. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Moore is a veteran and a proven winner on Tour.