By Lee Dover
The $1.1m Memorial Tournament gets under way at Ohio’s Muirfield Village Golf Club this week. Any golf player worth their two cents surely hoping to use the competition to gain momentum as powerful as a Floyd Mayweather right hook ahead of the US Open.
Just looking at who will be teeing up at ‘Jack’s Place’ – a worthy nod to the course’s original architect Jack Nicklaus – will give fans enough reason to keep their eye on the tournament’s progress.
There is a good chance that by Sunday evening the English will be on top in Ohio should everything fall in place for Luke Donald.
The world number one is the 9/1 favourite to add the Memorial Tournament cup to his bulging trophy cabinet. With the English warrior winning his third PGA Tour event in 14 months with the Transitions Championship back in March, and the European Tour’s flagship event the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth just last week, it is hard to argue against such short odds.
One player who has the skill and the experience at Jack’s Place to become a party pooper to Donald’s success story is Tiger Woods.
The American may have fallen from grace after his eyebrow-raising personal life shot into the public light, but he has got himself back on track this year by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.
Another feather in Woods’ cap is the fact that he is a four-time Memorial Tournament winner – that 14/1 price suddenly sounds tasty.
McIlroy sounds confident, as usual
The earlier mention of the US Open will surely have had a few golf fans thinking about the tremendous achievements that Rory McIlroy enjoyed over the past 12 months.
Well, Northern Ireland’s golden boy is not ready to slow down yet, and is also a 14/1 shot to add the Memorial Tournament trophy to his impressive Honda Classic victory in March.
McIlroy certainly sounds confident, writing on his Twitter account earlier this week: “Getting some great work done here on the range at Memorial … Looking forward to a good week at one of my favourite events of the year!”
Looking for a little bit more value? Well, Paddy Power has a juicy special which will see all top six places at the Memorial Tournament being paid out. The single bets must be placed before the competition begins though, so those after more value for their buck better be quick.