Golf Expert Picks: Our Staff’s Favorite Bets for the 2019 Memorial Tournament


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May 30, 2019, 10:15 PM EDT
  • The 2019 Memorial Tournament takes place this weekend at Muirfield Golf Course in Dublin, Ohio.
  • The field for the Memorial is loaded with big names, with 33 of the top 50 players in the world participating.
  • Our experts share their favorite bets for this weekend's tournament:

The PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Village Golf Club this weekend for the 2019 Memorial Tournament.

Even though this is a star-studded field playing on a familiar course, favorites haven’t fared well in this event over the past few years. In fact, the last five winners of this tournament have all gone off at 60-1 or higher.

With so many big names playing, this tournament should be wide open so let us help you try and find some value with our favorite bets for this weekend’s Memorial Tournament.

Jason Sobel

The bet: Peter Uihlein (+115) over Sung Kang

I was tempted to take Luke List, whom I like a lot this week, in this spot, but a matchup over a similarly capable Matt Fitzpatrick felt like too close a call. Instead, I’m fading one of the game’s hottest players in Kang, who chased his first career PGA Tour win at the AT&T Byron Nelson with a solo seventh at the PGA. Really, though, this is less of a Kang fade than a Uihlein value bet.

I’ve been waiting about three years for the Massachusetts native to step into the next echelon, but it just hasn’t quite happened yet. There are signs it’s coming, though. He was T-5 at the Nelson and T-13 at Colonial, on both occasions going low on the weekend, playing those four rounds in a combined 19-under-par.

Dr. Lou Riccio*

The bet: Tony Finau Top-10 Finish (+245)

Finau’s coming off the T-2 at the Charles Schwab Challenge last week, and that was without his A-game. The biggest bugaboo for Finau has been his putting, and he gained almost five strokes on the field last week on the greens. If he figured out the putter, look out: Big things could be in store for the big-hitting Utah native.

*Dr. Lou Riccio, a PhD senior lecturer, teaches rational decision making at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business and has served on the USGA’s handicap research team for three decades. More of his predictive analysis can be found over at Golf Digest.

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