Kuchar at a price in Ohio
Frank Monkhouse | 4 June 2017
The Memorial Tournament throws up real value
Four days of live golf takes place in Ohio this week as The Memorial Tournament goes at Muirfield Village Golf Club from Thursday. An invitation-only event, we have some of the sport’s biggest names in attendance.
Click here to place your bets on a number of markets, including outright winner, top-10 finish and first round leader, or read on as we look to find you a play worth having at decent odds. There’s a thrilling summer of golf ahead, let’s start off on the winning foot.
Favourite difficult to trust
Coral traders stick with their strategy of having Dustin Johnson at the head of the pre-competition betting, no questions asked. The 32-year-old American, current world number one, let backers down recently, finishing outside of the major places at the Byron Nelson, and punters may find him difficult to trust at short-odds again here.
There’s no more than 5/1 on Johnson returning to winning ways in Dublin, which we believe is worth taking on. Players after more of a price will find last year’s champion, William McGirt, at a staggering 80/1 with Coral to defend his crown. Banking the prizemoney thanks to a play-off 12 months ago, finishing -15, lovers of a price may see the American as a man worth another go.
Kuch to do it again
He’s not for us however and, instead, we’ll be trusting our stake money to another former winner, and another at a great price – Matt Kuchar.
Kuch came out on top here back in 2013, handing in a winning score of 12 under-par. Everything seemed to fall into place for the 38-year-old from Florida that year, leading going in to the final day, before kicking on and finishing up as a convincing winner, taking the prize won by Tiger Woods the start before.
The challenges of the course played into his hands in 2013, and we are confident they will again this time. The selection has never been far away from the prize money in recent attempts either, becoming a regular feature in the top-15. He has enough about his game off the tee to ensure he’ll remain near the top end of the leaderboard in the early exchanges, but a sensible approach, staying out of the rough and avoiding the many hazards, will be key to victory.
We pay seven places each-way
Kuchar arrives in Ohio with confidence in his game, and that will also give him the edge over his main rivals. Our sports traders are handing out a fantastic 33/1 on Matt to win The Memorial Tournament again this week, and you’ll get each-way terms of 1/5 the odds the best seven finishers, which offers backers a real safety net.
Those who prefer to play it safe and have Kuch to stick with his trend of finishing in the top-15, will find 11/8 doing the rounds on a top-20 result, which looks value.