The Best Memorial Tournament Matchup Bets: Matsuyama Over Tiger, Sergio Over Spieth, More
Gregory Shamus, Getty Images. Pictured: Hideki Matsuyama
- Looking for the best matchup bets ahead of the 2020 Memorial Tournament?
- Our staff breaks down their favorite picks, including Hideki Matsuyama over Tiger Woods and more.
The 2020 Memorial Tournament gets underway on Thursday, July 16 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, OH. The Memorial features a stacked field but one name stands out above the rest. We’re talking about Tiger Woods, of course.
Anytime Tiger is in the field people flock to the window to bet on The Big Cat. It doesn’t matter the number, Tiger’s popularity is such that casual bettors want to put money down on the GOAT.
This often creates value going the other way. One of our golf analysts is taking that approach this week.
Check out our favorite matchup bets for The Memorial:
Sergio Garcia (-120) over Jordan Spieth
Somehow, it’s been a dozen years since the last time Sergio teed it up at Muirfield Village, which seems strange for two reasons: 1. This tourney tends to attract the best of the best and he’s certainly qualified during that period; and 2.
This is a second-shot golf course, which should suit his game perfectly. Back when he did play here, Garcia’s results were actually pretty good, including a runner-up result back in 2001.
Even if he’d never seen the property, I’d take him in this matchup based purely on ball-striking alone. Sergio ranks 55th this season in strokes gained approaching the hole, while Jordan ranks 160th. Those are numbers which should be magnified this week.
Hideki Matsuyama (-125) over Tiger Woods
I feel like we know what we’ll get with Hideki this week. He’s probably going to hit the ball well enough to hang around the top 20 and if his putter isn’t a disaster, he can contend.
With Tiger, we don’t know exactly what to expect. We’ve seen a lot of players need to shake off rust over the past month, so seeing Tiger start slow and miss the cut would not be a big surprise.
He’s definitely capable of anything this week, but he’s finished behind Hideki the past two years at Memorial and had a lot more reps heading into those events than he does this year.
Odds via The Westgate SuperBook.
Patrick Cantlay (+120) over Bryson DeChambeau
This one is admittedly scary given Bryson’s beefed-up game right now. But while Memorial will back up the tees a bit compared to last week’s Workday event, I still think he’ll have trouble simply overpowering this course, which caters to ball-strikers.
And for all of Bryson’s strengths, Cantlay is simply the superior ball-striker. He has amazing history at this course, just got a look at it again last week, and fits it almost perfectly. I’ll fade golf’s biggest story right now and take the quiet ball-striker at +120 odds.