Well, you couldn’t actually bet on it, but you knew it would be a given that – if healthy – Tiger would make it a point to play in Jack Nicklaus’ tournament at Muirfield Village Gold Club in Dublin, Ohio, this week.
The one thing bettors certainly can tab is for Tiger to win his sixth Memorial Tournament.
The five-time champ last won here in 2012 but has been installed at the 12-to-1 second choice at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the tournament to be held May 30-June 2. Woods also has odds of 3-to-1 for a Top 5 finish at the Memorial Tournament and is 6-to-5 to have a Top 10 result.
Although Woods remains the Tour’s biggest story this season, will all due respect to current stud Brooks Koepka who is not here this week, Tiger’s odds may reflect for of the fans’ favoritism than his true odds to win, despite the motivation to win in front of Jack at least one more time on a course where he has had unrivaled success.
The favorite this week is Rory McIlroy, although at FanDuel Sportsbook, he is just the slightest of favorites over Tiger at +950, while Woods is 10-to-1 at FanDuel to win the event. Rory hasn’t won here but has five top 15s in seven visits and he has nine top ten finishes in ten events in 2019.
FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar is joined by Justin Rose and Patrick Cantlay in a group of other top contenders coming in at 20-to-1 or less. Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau can mostly be had between odds of 30- and 35-to-1.
Most U.S.-based sportsbooks are also offering head-to-head and group matchups for single-round and full-tournament betting.
The Memorial Tournament will be televised in the United States exclusively by GOLF Channel on Thursday and Friday, with early third- and fourth-round coverage on Saturday and Sunday. The featured weekend coverage will be carried by CBS.
Selection: Jordan Spieth (22-to-1 at FanDuel Sportsbook).
Photo by Mick De Paola