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Hello, friends and degenerates! It’s time for your weekly chance at (almost) free money! Golfstradamus is back in action and that’s good news for you and your wallet! With the Memorial Tournament kicking off at Jack’s place in Ohio, there’s plenty you’ll need to know to make an informed bet.

Once again, I sincerely apologize for the late post time of this piece — but hey, don’t you want the most up-to-date info you can get? Of course you do. Unfortunately for Golfstradamus, there is no good reason for the delay (alas, Karen Gillan still has not returned my calls) so you won’t have to listen to me brag. There’s nothing special about getting a cavity filled.

Any who — the PGA Tour’s brightest tee it up for one of the Tour’s most prestigious events that isn’t a major. Thanks to it’s legendary and gregarious host — Jack Nicklaus — The Memorial is always one of the deepest (and hardest to handicap) fields of the year.

So get your pencils ready, kiddies. It’s time for some knowledge:

The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village Golf Club – Dublin, Ohio
June 1 – 4, 2017

ODDS to Win:
Dustin Johnson 11/2
Jon Rahm 12/1
Jordan Spieth 12/1
Jason Day 12/1
Hideki Matsuyama 20/1
Adam Scott 20/1
Rickie Fowler 25/1
Matt Kuchar 25/1
Brooks Koepka 30/1
Kevin Kisner 30/1
Justin Thomas 40/1
Patrick Reed 40/1
Tony Finau 40/1
Patrick Cantlay 50/1
Phil Mickelson 50/1
Byeong Hun An 50/1
Webb Simpson 50/1
Billy Horschel 50/1
Emiliano Grillo 50/1
Kevin Chappell 50/1
Jason Dufner 60/1
Bill Haas 60/1
Bud Cauley 60/1
Steve Stricker 60/1
Danny Lee 60/1
Charl Schwartzel 60/1
Marc Leishman 60/1
Brendan Steele 60/1
Brian Harman 60/1
Shane Lowry 80/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 60/1
J.B. Holmes 80/1
Adam Hadwin 80/1
Sean O’Hair 80/1
Kyle Stanley 80/1
Keegan Bradley 80/1
Charley Hoffman 80/1
Gary Woodland 80/1
Ryan Moore 80/1
William McGirt 80/1
Kevin Tway 80/1
Ollie Schniederjans 80/1
Pat Perez 80/1
Bubba Watson 100/1
Zach Johnson 100/1
Scott Piercy 100/1
Tommy Fleetwood 100/1
Ross Fisher 100/1
Si Woo Kim 100/1
Field (all others) 9/2

Mortal Locks:

John Rahm — I know it sounds like a broken record, but there’s no reason to shy away from John Rahm now. Personally, I don’t think there’s been a better player on Tour than him all year — well, except for Dustin Johnson, of course. Rahm quietly continues his run towards PGA Tour rookie of the year with top-10 and top-5 after top-10 and top-5. At 12/1, he’s certainly not going to make you rich unless you’re willing to bet big — but a $10-20 bet is still a pretty good one.

Dustin Johnson — I haven’t taken the action on DJ for a couple weeks and have missed his worst finishes of year (T-12, T-13) but now it’s time to jump back on the bandwagon. Much like Rahm, there’s no part of a DJ bet that will make you rich unless you’re willing to lose a couple hundred bucks. At 11/2, he’s as sure a bet as there is.

Tony Finau — Taking the two favorites this week doesn’t exactly make me a genius or anything, but here’s where the crystal brain comes into play. It’s no secret that Tony Finau is one of my boys. There’s not much not to like, really. He’s been consistently OK all year, has the ability to go off at any time thanks to his prodigious length and touch around the greens and this week, he’s teeing it up at a track where he’s finished T-11 and T-8 in two starts. At 40/1, I think he’s the real money maker this week.

Bang for Your Buck:

Patrick Cantlay — I don’t know that there’s a player on Tour that I want to see win this year more than Patrick Cantlay. I have to be honest, it may not be this week but Cantlay WILL win on Tour before Christmas. The kid has got the game and has a back story that could get even the world’s largest curmudgeon (this guy) to back him with every good vibe he has to offer. This week, Cantlay goes off at 50/1 — providing a serious return on investment for someone betting with their head and their heart.

Ollie Schniederjans — Just a year removed from a solid rookie campaign that made him a household name in golf circles, Schniederjans hasn’t put together any performances that could really be described as head-turning, but he has been “inconsistently consistent.” I know that sounds contradictory, but I just mean that Ollie seems to post a top-10 or top-5, then two T-40 or so finishes. Making cuts is great, but not when they only pay a winner. This week, Schniederjans is poised for another solid finish and mayber- just maybe — his first career win. At 80/1, you’ll be glad you took the risk.

There you have it, friends and degenerates. Here’s to hoping we have some better luck this week than the last couple weeks.

Until next time, go and choose wisely…

-Golfstradamus

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