By News Team
15th July 2020
Muirfield Village plays host for the second consecutive week on the PGA Tour as a star-studded field has been assembled for the Memorial Tournament.
As well as nine of the top 10 in the world, this week sees the return of Tiger Woods, who makes his first start on tour since February.
Tiger tempting but rust can be expected
Whenever Woods tees it up, he’s automatically the centre of attention and at 25/1, he’ll have plenty of supporters as he goes in hunt of a sixth Memorial victory and a first since 2012.
We haven’t seen Tiger in competitive action since February, although he did look in superb form in ‘The Match’ a couple of months ago and he clearly knows his way around Muirfield Village, so he’s not taken lightly.
Cantlay to go well after Sunday’s stormer
For the opening three days of last week’s Workday Charity Open, PATRICK CANTLAY struggled to find top gear somewhat. However, fears that his game wasn’t quite at the level he wanted it to be were allayed when he shot up the leaderboard with a Sunday 65 – the second-best score in the field. That was once again evidence that Muirfield Village is a course that the American absolutely loves – shown by a scoring average of 68.33 from his last 12 rounds.
He finished fourth here in 2018 and was victorious 12 months later after a sparkling final round 64 where he really showed why he’s one of the world’s best. There’s perhaps a slight concern that his game doesn’t always match up to the amount of victories he’s recorded, but the former world number one amateur has been blighted by injury in the past.
Since the start of the 2017 season, and with injuries behind him, Cantlay has missed just five times in 64 starts on the PGA Tour and has been in the top 25 on 46 occasions. He’s become one of the most consistent players in the world and can put up a very solid defence of his title at 14/1.
It could finally be Jason’s Day
It’s remarkable to think that JASON DAY hasn’t won an event since May 2018. The Australian has found it tough to replicate the form that saw him reach world number one in 2016 and he now sits outside of the world’s top 50. In recent weeks, though, there have been signs that he might have turned a corner and he could go well at 60/1.
Although he missed the cut at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a fortnight ago, he didn’t play badly at all at an event where birdies were almost more normal than pars. It was clear he took encouragement from that showing as he put in his best performance since February last week. He played steadily throughout and a tie for seventh was his best finish to date at Muirfield Village, which should give him great encouragement ahead of tackling it again this week.
He was in the top 30 for putting last time and if he can continue that sort of form on the greens here, he’d be a danger to all.