Memorial Tournament 2022 Early Picks: Target Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry at Muirfield Village

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  • The PGA TOUR heads to Muirfield Village for the 2022 Memorial Tournament this week.
  • Jon Rahm is favored, but Chris Murphy had his eyes on players further down the odds board this week.
  • Check out Murphy's early betting targets below.
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2022 Charles Schwab Challenge Odds

Jon Rahm+900
Rory McIlroy+1100
Patrick Cantlay+1500
Jordan Spieth+1800
Xander Schauffele+1800
Cameron Smith+2000
Collin Morikawa+2000
Shane Lowry+2200
Viktor Hovland+2200
Hideki Matsuyama+2500
Matthew Fitzpatrick+2500
Will Zalatoris+2800
Cameron Young+3300
Im Sung-jae+3300
Max Homa+3300
Joaquin Niemann+3500
Davis Riley+4000
Billy Horschel+5000
Corey Conners+5000
Daniel Berger+5000
Mito Guillermo Pereira+5000
Patrick Reed+5000
Abraham Ancer+6000
Adam Scott+6000
Chris Kirk+6000
Jason Day+6000
Keegan Bradley+6000
Seamus Power+6000
Aaron Wise+6600
Bryson DeChambeau+6600
Marc Leishman+6600
Matt Kuchar+6600
Alexander Noren+7000
Gary Woodland+7000
Brian Harman+8000
Si Woo Kim+8000
Tom Hoge+8000
Rickie Fowler+9000
Ryan Palmer+9000
Cameron Champ+10000
Cameron Tringale+10000
Cheng-Tsung Pan+10000
Lanto Griffin+10000
Adam Hadwin+12500
Anirban Lahiri+12500
Brendan Steele+12500
Cameron Davis+12500
Harris English+12500
Jhonattan Vegas+12500
Keith Mitchell+12500
Keun-Ho Lee+12500
Lucas Herbert+12500
Luke List+12500
Russell Knox+12500
Scott Stallings+12500
Sepp Straka+12500
Stewart Cink+12500
Troy Merritt+12500
Aaron Rai+15000
Adam Long+15000
Charles Howell III+15000
Denny McCarthy+15000
Erik Van Rooyen+15000
Joel Dahmen+15000
JT Poston+15000
Kevin Streelman+15000
Lucas Glover+15000
Matt Jones+15000
Matthew NeSmith+15000
Matthew Wolff+15000
Pat Perez+15000
Alex Smalley+20000
Andrew D. Putnam+20000
Beau Hossler+20000
Danny Willett+20000
David Lipsky+20000
Doug Ghim+20000
Francesco Molinari+20000
Kurt Kitayama+20000
Mackenzie Hughes+20000
Patrick Rodgers+20000
Patton Kizzire+20000
Sahith Theegala+20000
Emiliano Grillo+25000
Martin Laird+25000
Nate Lashley+25000
Ryan Moore+25000
Adam Svensson+30000
Brandon Wu+30000
Brandt Snedeker+30000
Carlos Ortiz+30000
Chad Ramey+30000
Charley Hoffman+30000
Danny Lee+30000
Hudson Swafford+30000
Min Woo Lee+30000
Peter Malnati+30000
Rafael Cabrera Bello+30000
Taylor Moore+30000
Sam Ryder+30000
Adam Schenk+35000
Garrick Higgo+35000
Harry Higgs+35000
Luke Donald+35000
Wyndham Clark+35000
Justin Lower+40000
Bo Hoag+50000
Brandon Hagy+50000
Camilo Villegas+50000
Chan Kim+50000
Curtis Luck+50000
David Lingmerth+50000
James Piot+50000
Jason Dufner+50000
Jediah Morgan+50000
John Pak+50000
Nick Watney+50000
Robert Streb+50000
Ryan Brehm+50000
William McGirt+50000
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It was another exciting finish and playoff on the PGA TOUR as the course at Colonial Country Club showed its teeth through tough winds on Sunday. Scottie Scheffler got the tough end of that draw as he tried to make his way into the clubhouse after Sam Burns had posted 9-under earlier in the day. Scheffler was able to scramble his way home, but would lose to a long putt from off the green in the first playoff.

While much of the attention was on Scheffler chasing his fifth win of the season, it turned into the third win for Burns, who continues to remind people that he is also a budding young star on TOUR and that it won't be long before he is a factor in bigger events.

Now, the TOUR heads to one of the bigger, non-major, tournaments of the year at The Memorial. This is Jack's tournament and many of the stars are set to tee it up, though recent major winner Justin Thomas is a notable exception. With the U.S. Open just three weeks away, the schedule has made some players make difficult decisions as they plan out their play ahead of the next major.

This will also mark the return of Jon Rahm to the site of his forced withdrawal in 2021, when he was running away with the event through three rounds before testing positive for COVID-19. As usual, there are many storylines this week in the PGA and it'll set up for an exciting week from Muirfield Village.

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Rory McIlroy

We have seen flashes of brilliance from Rory McIlroy over the past couple of months. He has looked unbeatable at times and in the form of the guy who used to blow away fields early in his career. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to close the door on a win or keep his play together to really be there come Sunday. It seems to be a matter of time before he puts it all together for a win. On a course that can value length and accuracy off the tee like Muirfield Village, I'll be hoping for some good odds on McIlroy in the morning.

The Irishman has two top 10s from earlier in his career at this event, but it should be one that can suit his game better than the results indicate. I'll be interested to see how the markets handle him early in the week as many of the other big names have better track records on this course. If he happens to drift out above the others, I'll have a lot of interest in starting my card with him on Monday.

Shane Lowry

The crux of this article has always been around carrying form into the week and therefore there will be some notable omissions from this write up. It doesn't mean I am any less interested in the Patrick Cantlays of the world coming into the week, but it's hard to say good things about a guy who shot 11-over the last time we saw him.

Instead, I will focus on players in form and Lowry has been playing great golf since the start of 2022. He is carrying that into the summer as he posted another top 25 at the PGA, which was actually his first finish outside of the top 13 this year. He struggled a bit on approach, but mainly in the winds on Saturday, which I am willing to forgive. Lowry is someone not only in great form, but coming in with confidence at this track off of his T6 result in 2021. He'll be on my shortlist of players I am shopping for when odds drop on Monday morning.

Rickie Fowler

I'm not entirely sure I am ready to place my first bet on Rickie Fowler in multiple years, but if the odds are right, I may take a shot. Fowler has been showing enough of late to give him some consideration in the triple digits if he's listed there Monday.

Fowler has made three consecutive cuts with two top 25s and a T57 this past week at the Charles Schwab. He struggled to close on Sunday as he shot a 5-over 75 in the final round, but that was fairly common around Colonial Country Club. My interest in him is a combination of form and his incredible results at The Memorial. Fowler has four top 15s in his past five trips to this event, much of which came during his lowest points of his game. He seems to be showing signs of his game trending up now and with him headed to one of his favorite tracks, I may have interest in him even in outright markets.

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