THE Memorial Invitational at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village, Ohio, has attracted great names including Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and the return of Tiger Woods.
Brooks Koepka looks to be back to some kind of form with four sub-70 rounds last week and could do well here. His GIR stats were a brilliant 80% and strokes gained putting 1.695 which could come in handy on this course.
He’s number one in eagles and second in approaches from 175-200 yards. Well worth a small bet.
Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama must have a great chance. He was the first man to win The Memorial on his first appearance and with driving accuracy at 65%, GIR at 70.41 he’s got the attributes to win again. Long and straight and good around the green he could get the victory he is due this season.
But for a quadruple eight in the final round last week big Dustin Johnson could have been challenging at the end of the AT&T. With a 67 68 and 62 he was leading when had his blowout but still held it together till the end. I’m not giving up on the big man and hope this will be the precursor to a good US Open for him.
Over at the PGA National Sweden GC in Malmo I am backing young Emiliano Grillo to lift the Nordea Masters. He hasn’t been that great in the last two tournaments but this course might suit the big-hitting Argentinian. With driving accuracy of 67.5%, GIR 71.8% and GIR putts per round of 22.6I I fancy him for a place here.
Thongchai Jaidee is back to defend his win last year and is good form on his return to the European Tour. He managed a great 65 to tie with Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson then birdied the first extra hole to win the tournament. He finished T2 for the BMW PGA Tournament at Wentworth then followed that up with a T10 at the cold and windy Royal County Down.
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