Wilson to make his Mark in Ohio
After three weeks in Texas, the PGA Tour heads to Ohio for the Memorial Tournament, held at the prestigious Muirfield Village, otherwise known as Jack's place. The original architect was Jack Nicklaus and it has held thirty-five PGA Tour events.
The tournament started in 1976 and the course is long and challenging. There has been plenty of rain in Ohio over the past few months and the players will not want to be hitting the rough. They will need to make fairways or greens.
The greens are notoriously quick at the Memorial Village course, so superb putting is essential. The event always has a world class field, so the players will need to be at the top of their game for a chance of winning the title.
The new world number one Luke Donald (9/1) will be in attendance and he is coming off a fantastic win against Westwood in a play-off at Wentworth on the European Tour last week. He may be fatigued as he had travelled from England early this week and although he beat Westy in a play-off, he may need to up his game in Ohio. His driving was wayward and he was saved by his scrambling, others misfortune and his all-round short game.
He has an impressive record at the Memorial, that includes a tied finish for sixth place in 2008 but I never fancy players for back to-back victories and he may try and amend the few minor faults in his game with the British Open and US Open coming soon.
Mark Wilson is 100/1 but he has already won twice on the PGA Tour in 2011 and finished in the top-25 in five of the fourteen PGA events he has played this season. He is not the biggest driver on the tour but he is an accurate player who is strong at scrambling and finding fairways.
He is ranked tenth on the PGA Tour for driving accuracy and twentieth for finding greens in regulation. He is 17/2 for a top-ten finish and although he failed to perform here in 2010, he was out of form. He was tied for third in 2009 and he can thrive in Ohio.
Jerry Kelly (125/1) secured third in the Honda Classic in March and this course could bring out the best of him. He shot a sixty-seven at the Byron Nelson Championship last week and it can only have made him more confident heading into Thursday. He is also sixth best this season for driving accuracy on the PGA Tour.
The American shot a 66 on his opening round in 2008 and he finished tied for second. He was tied for fourteenth the following year, where he hit a sixty-seven on his final round. He has the necessary stats to win on the course and he looks great each-way value at a big price.
One player who should definitely be in contention on the final day is Matt Kuchar (16/1). He is one of the most reliable players on the Tour and he is great off the tee and a strong putter, the most important qualities needed at the Memorial Village. He has had seven top-ten finishes in 2011 but not yet won, he is knocking on the door and should be considered to make a mark this weekend.