Sean Goff | Memorial betting preview
Tiger Woods has his mojo back as he chases his fifth Tour win of the season and his sixth victory in the $6.2m Memorial Championship in Ohio.
It seems like no-one can tame the Tiger as he sets his sights on the US Open in a fortnight’s time. The so-called competition is having a hard time too matching Paddy’s golf offers in 2013. Here’s where we stand in the order of merit.
- Memorial marks Paddy Power’s NINTH extra place of 2013 agianst VC’s 7, bet365’s 2, Boylesports’ 2, Ladbrokes 1 and William Hill’s 1.
- PP is best price on Tiger at 9/4 and Masters champion Adam Scott (20/1). We were also top price on Tiger at the US Masters and again at The Players.
- PP is best price on both favourites this week: Alexander Noren at 16/1 in the Nordea Masters, Tiger at 9/4. Paying out £50 more on a £5 double than VC.
- PP equal or beat the Ladbrokes’ price on 138 of the 156 golfers at the Memorial tournament; equal or beat William Hill on 134. And both are only paying five places. Shameful!
With all the extra-place value in the Memorial line-up here’s six players punters have latched on to to make Paddy pay for his generosity.
1. Henrik Stenson 66/1
With the emphasis on accurate approach shots, Henrik Stenson (66/1) has been hitting the dance-floor more regularly than a Premier League footballer in recent weeks. The Swede tops the Greens in Regulation (GIR) and ball-striking stats at the moment and has four Top 10 finishes this season. 66/1 looks tempting at a course that should suit his game although needs to get hotter with the flat stick to may it pay.
2. Jason Day 50/1
Another big performance at the Masters when finishing third behind Adam Scott. Paddy Power punters are putting their faith in the local resident’s course knowledge as the Australian is a member at Muirfield Village. His three Top 30 finishes since the Masters have been solid if unspectacular but has got the Racing Post’s Steve Palmer’s vote in his staking plan.
3. Justin Rose 28/1
The Englishman won his first PGA Tour here in 2010 and was second to Tiger at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s gone off the boil a little after three Top 10 finishes in March but missed the cut at the Players Championship. Eighth last year and though he clearly enjoys playing this course he needs a solid performance to boost his US Open chances.
4. Brandt Snedeker 33/1
Was hotter than Kelly Brook at the start of the season but a rib injury halted his momentum. Had the Masters at his mercy on the final day before finishing a underwhelming T6 and was solid when T8 at the Players Championship two weeks ago. Another looking to put down a marker ahead of the second Major of the season but Snedeker has yet to make the cut in five starts here.
5. Shane Lowry 200/1
The two-time European Tour winner is living the high live commuting between the States and European Tour. Was fifth going into the final round at Wentworth last week before a 72 left him T12 behind Matteo Manassero. Has being showing solid form in recent weeks but a sporting each-way shot rather than a realistic chance of taming the Tiger.
6. Rory McIlroy 14/1
The wonder kid and World No2 has fallen of his perch this season. Four birdies in his final six holes at Sawgrass left him T8 on his last PGA Tour start. After a bright opening at Wentworth he then jumped on the bogey bus and ended up missing the cut. Desperately needs to get his five-foot game in shape for Muirfield’s unforgiving greens.