Sobel’s 2019 Memorial Tournament Matchup Bets: Stick With Ryan Moore in Round 2?
- Ryan Moore (-7) is in the lead after the first round of play at the 2019 Memorial Tournament.
- Jason Sobel likes Moore to stay hot in the second round, along with two other matchup bets with value on Friday.
An opening round that included surprise and controversy at the Memorial Tournament ended with Ryan Moore leading Jordan Spieth by a stroke, with plenty of big names either already in the hunt or needing to do some serious work.
Let’s get to the second-round matchups, starting with the leader to keep it going for one more day.
Ryan Moore over Kiradech Aphibarnrat (-140)
Riddle me this: In the first round, Moore ranked second in the field in strokes gained tee-to-green, but just 63rd in strokes gained off the tee. What does it mean? He was firing darts from everywhere.
For a guy who once told me that no tourney suits his game better than this one, I like him to keep up the solid ball-striking. The usual inclination is to fade a player after he goes low, but Aphibarnrat wasn’t all that impressive during an opening 70 that included a nice putting display.
Luke List over Lucas Glover (+115)
It was a pretty ugly first round for List, who bogeyed three of his first five holes, two of his last three and one more in between, just for good measure.
That left him with a 5-over 77, but I’m looking for a reprise of the Wells Fargo Championship from earlier this month, when he opened with a 75, then followed with a 68 to make the cut.
Gary Woodland over Henrik Stenson (-135)
What a difference in similar rounds. Woodland opened birdie-par-birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie before posting a triple-bogey en route to a 3-under 69, while Stenson started his back-nine with three straight bogeys, then righted the ship with a par before three straight birdies.
Woodland was always a solid course fit here, so I’ll give him the edge in this afternoon matchup over Stenson, who was T-13 here last year, but had always previously struggled at this event.