The US Open is two weeks away and as preparations for the third Major of the year gather pace, a stellar field is set to assemble at Muirfield Village in Ohio for the Memorial Tournament.
Eighteen-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus hosts the assembly of golfing giants each year and Patrick Cantlay will be attempting to successfully defend the title he won in a playoff against Collin Morikawa 12 months ago.
What: Memorial Tournament
Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio, USA
When: Midday, Thursday 2nd June, 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports Golf & bet365 live stream (holes 4 & 16)
Odds: Jon Rahm 10/1, Patrick Cantlay 16/1
US Open champion Jon Rahm heads the market at 10/1 and he will feel he has unfinished business at Muirfield Village after a stroke of bad luck there last year when he was defending his title.
The Spaniard was six shots clear at the end of the third round but was forced to withdraw before Sunday's play, which opened the door for Cantlay to claim his second success in the tournament in three attempts.
Cantlay is 16/1 to become only the third player to have won the tournament three times - Tiger Woods has enjoyed five successes - but Rory McIlroy, who is 12/11, is likely to have high hopes too after some encouraging recent performances. You can follow the action via bet365's Live Golf Tracker.
He was eighth last time out at the PGA Championship,having followed his second spot behind Scottie Scheffler at the Masters by finishing fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Muirfield Village was built in 1974 and has hosted the Memorial since 1976, while also providing a home for the one-off Workday Charity Open, won by Morikawa, when the PGA Tour was disrupted in 2020.
It is a 7,533 yard test that plays as a par 72 and it has proved to be one of the best tee-to-green tests on the PGA Tour.
The Ohio track underwent a few changes before last year's tournament with some of the greens and teeing areas reconstructed but they did not constitute a huge change, although the putting surfaces are promised to have a bit more 'zip' in them this year.
Jordan Spieth, who is available to back at 20/1, possesses the strong tee-to-green game that makes him a strong contender this week.
He was third at the Memorial in 2015 and has claimed a top-20 spot in four of his last five appearances, and his recent form is particularly encouraging.
Missing the cut at the Masters was a disappointment but the Texan recovered immediately to win the RBC Heritage and was then runner-up at the AT & T Byron Nelson in his home state.
A tie for seventh at last week's Charles Schwab Challenge appears a decent preparation for this tournament and a strong account looks assured.
Missed weekends at the Masters and the Players Championship will have been big blows for Xander Schauffele, but this solid ball-striker could have a big week and is an interesting proposition at 20/1.
Schauffele has finished in the top 15 in his other five strokeplay since the Phoenix Open in February and he was particularly prominent at the Byron Nelson, when he carded a final-round 61 to earn a tie for fifth.
His 13th spot at the PGA Championship was no disgrace either and, since missing the cut on this course debut in 2018, he has form figures 14-13-14-11 at Muirfield Village.
A little further down the list, former Masters champion Patrick Reed could be an interesting betting proposition at 55/1.
Reed has not been in great nick but seventh spot at last week's Charles Schwab Challenge was his best finish of the year and he could be on the verge of a purple patch.
If so, Muirfield Village could be the place for his momentum to gather pace, as he was fifth in the tournament last year and 10th the year before, so the course plainly suits his eye.
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