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Nic Ladds 2nd Jun 2009 - 14:18

It'll be joy if Choi can take The Memorial again

The Memorial tournament is on the menu this week on the PGA Tour and everyone's short priced favourite Tiger Woods is tucking in this week at odds of 3/1.

That seems plenty short enough considering Tiger's recent record, having not exactly set the golfing world alight in his six appearances after his comeback from injury.

Look closer though and you will see that Mr Woods has won this tournament three times and absolutely loves it at Muirfield which he always makes every effort to enter.

Add to that a host of the world's top players are not getting involved and you will get some people ripping your arm off for a piece of the 3/1 on offer.

As Tiger often seems to start slow however and the fact we don't know exactly what kind of frame of mind and condition he will be in, it could be worth leaving backing the world number 1 until after the first round, or with William Hill you can bet in running so you can grab the price you want when he hits it.

A better option could be the evergreen Kenny Perry who is also a three-time winner of The Memorial the most recent of which came last year and you can be sure 20/1 about Perry will appeal more to many than 3/1 about Woods.

Perry rarely plays a bad round and although his temperament is a little suspect sometimes in the closing stages (we all remember The Masters) you are more than likely to get a good run for your money.

Paul Casey is another who is likely to be in many a man's staking plan having won the Shell Houston Open, come second in the WGC Match Play and just last week he came fifth in the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

He is in rude health and quotes have him as 14/1 second favourite which look fair considering his current blistering run of form.

One man you may want on your side now is Vijay Singh who appears to be returning to form. After a woeful start to the year and whispers rife that Vijay had 'lost it', he has bounced back with a sixth last week at the Crowne Plaza and a share of ninth in the Players Championship.

At the start of the year you would be getting quotes around 10/1 for the Fijian and this time around you can get him at a healthy looking 20/1.

He has won this tournament before albeit back in 1997 so he does have course form and with some of the big guns out this week, Vijay could finally bounce back with a win or at the very least grab a place.

A good performance here will guarantee that his odds are nowhere near the 20/1 on offer for his next outing.

He is striking the ball a lot better than before which is key on this course and if he can sort his putting out a bit then he has every chance of recapturing some glory.

A host of players at 25/1 follow these in the market and these are Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy, Zach Johnson and Sean O'Hair.

Of these O'Hair makes the most appeal having been ultra consistent for the last few months and finally getting his head in front in the Quail Hollow Championship.

The stats have him lying second in G.I.R, birdie average and scoring average which stands him in good stead to deal with Muirfield.

Steve Stricker won last week and at odds of 33/1 will have his backers, but it is so rare that someone wins two tournaments in a row that he may be best left although he is obviously playing some great golf and look set to be in the mix.

Others to look out for at bigger prices include Camilo Villegas who's price has steadily gone out each week and is 40/1 for The Memorial and the talented Colombian is bound to get his nose in front sooner or later.

2007 winner KJ Choi, who has some reasonable finishes this year and if on a going day can trouble the market leaders at a colossal 80/1.

It is uncertain what Yong-Eun Yang has to do to get properly noticed by compilers all over the county as he won the Honda Classic and has been consistently steady and solid for the rest of the season and I certainly wouldn't put anyone off having bet on the Korean at a tasty price.

While he is a big price, Padraig Harrington at 45/1 looks one to avoid as 'Pod' has been terrible this year and until he shoes signs of coming back to form he is best left alone.

As per with these tournament, the fact that Tiger is attending is sure to draw a big crow and have the Woods followers loud and keen for their man to start sinking those birdies.

At the price though a bet on him outright is probably the wrong move and he may well be bigger after day one.

At over six times the price, Vijay looks a better bet as he is finally starting to look well within himself and is back to striking the ball beautifully and won here before.

The other selections are the ever reliable Kenny Perry at 20/1 and Kj Choi at 80/1 who's previous experience at the course could see him stalk his way to the top of the leader board and back in to form.

It is a bit of a toss up between Choi and 150/1 chance Yang, but on course experience and being able to mentally break through to win, KJ has it all.

Recommendations:
Vijay Singh - 20/1
Kenny Perry - 20/1
KJ Choi - 80/1

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