We head to the 2020 Memorial Tournament, but stay at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. This will be a nice break from travel for most PGA golfers and for others who didn’t play last week, they should be well rested. Unfortunately, the PGA has decided to continue fan-less play for the safety of everyone with the latest virus spikes in the country. The Memorial seems like a major this year as just about every top golfer will be playing, which will make it difficult to make longshot picks, because the odds of a long shot winning will be very slim. But I will make some suggestions anyways, as we will be getting some huge odds.
I suggest you make your 2020 Memorial Tournament sleeper picks bets at Intertops as their odds are the best out there.
Past Picks Rapid Recap
It was an exciting tourney last week at Muirfield Village for the one-off Workday Charity Open where a 3-horse race developed between young stars Viktor Hovland, Justin Thomas, and Collin Morikawa – the latter winning in a playoff.
There were really no longshots that had a chance besides Sam Burns, Troy Merritt and perhaps MJ Daffue who all faired poorly on Sunday from the get-go.
I am a bit embarrassed to list last week’s results, as my picks were doomed from the start with 4/7 missing the cut. Troy Merritt did contend, but couldn’t touch the 3-headed monster that battled for the title on Sunday.
Here are the results of last week’s longshot picks (the cut line was -2):
- Ryan Armour – Missed cut (E)
- Kyle Stanley – Missed cut (-1)
- Byeong-Hun An – Missed cut (E)
- Scott Stallings – T-58th (E)
- Troy Merritt – T-22nd (-8)
- Michael Thompson – Missed cut (+1)
- Steve Stricker – T-56th (-1)
Reasoning Behind This Week’s Picks
I will once again base my picks on past results of The Memorial Tournament as well as last week’s tourney and recent hot play.
Key Things To Consider For The 2020 Memorial Tournament
- Driving distance and accuracy will be key as there are several driveable par 4s and a few par 5s where eagles are possible.
- The greens will be faster this week – the best putters will have an advantage.
- The roughs will be even tougher, meaning the scores will be higher and scramblers will be in tough to make up and downs this week.
For more betting picks, check out our Memorial Tournament Betting Picks for detailed course analysis and the likely favorites to win.
TOP SLEEPER PICK FOR THE MEMORIAL
Rory Sabbatini (100 to 1)
Sabbatini had an outstanding showing last week at the Workday finishing 17th at -9. Had it not been for a +1 on Sunday, Sabbatini might have been in contention for a top 5. He has three top 21 showings since the Covid-19 return to play and has a strong history on this course placing 2nd before, as well as a 12th, 24th, 27th and 44th. If he doesn’t win, you will at least be safe taking him in your weekly fantasy lineups, as he will assuredly make the cut.
ANOTHER LONGSHOT TO MAKE A BET ON
Joaquin Niemann (75 to 1)
With so many top golfers in the field this week, I am getting really nice 75-1 odds on Niemann who finished tied for 31st last week and has had success at Muirfield with a 6th place finish in 2018. The 5th place (-19) finish three weeks ago at the RBC Heritage really caught my eye and shows that he can post some very low scores when sharp for 4 straight days.
DEEP SLEEPER PICK
Jason Dufner (200 to 1)
Although Dufner didn’t have that strong a showing last week at Muirfield, he did have one good round at 3 under. He has had strong performances here in the past with a 7th last year (-10) and a WIN in 2017 (-13). Worth a shot at the huge odds.
BONUS 2020 MEMORIAL LONGSHOTS TO WAGER ON
Jason Day (60 to 1) – Jason Day a longshot? With the strong field and Day not having the best year, I really like the 60-1 odds. This is Day’s home course as he lives right next to Muirfield and is a card-carrying member. His strong showing last week tying for 7th (-11) demonstrates he is on the right path to have a chance to win.
Troy Merritt (200 to 1) – I will take another shot with Merritt as he is playing really well and yet still commands huge odds. He pulled in an 8th place finish (-15) two weeks ago and was in contention last week here finishing 22nd.
Ian Poulter (80 to 1) – Poulter hasn’t missed a cut this season and has had some strong results including a 5th place finish last week on the same course. He is always in the mix…the question is whether he can win or not with this tough field.
Sepp Straka (125 to 1) – Straka played consistently well last week on the same course finishing 14th (-10), and placed 8th the week before (-15) at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He is in good form and should contend despite the long shot odds.
Bottom Line For The Memorial
The 2020 Memorial Tournament should be a classic. You’ve got the cream of the crop competing for what should be the most wanted tourney win yet this season. Will DeChambeau be able to contend with the deep roughs, bunkers and other hazards when he unleashes The Kraken? Will Tiger have any kind of respectable showing at all? Will Koepka, McIlroy, Thomas, Dustin Johnson show their true dominance? Or are we turning over a new leaf to the likes of Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele? You have got to watch to see what happens…and while you do, might as well make a few wagers to make it interesting!
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