It’s another significant week on the PGA Tour as the latest £20 million designated event, the Memorial Tournament, takes place at Muirfield Village Golf Club, where Scottie Scheffler is just edging Jon Rahm in the battle for outright favouritism.
Seven of the world’s top ten will vie for supremacy in Dublin, Ohio, while the DP World Tour action comes from Germany, home to the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Courses.
Racing Post golf expert Joe Champion has put together an each-way double for this week’s action which pays 208/1 with bet365.
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208/1 Each-Way Golf Double
The PGA Tour stars head to Muirfield Village Golf Club, which has played host to the Memorial Tournament since the event was first staged in 1976.
Muirfield Village, designed by Jack Nicklaus, has undergone a variety of recent renovations, the Golden Bear tweaking the layout and making the Memorial a more exacting test of tee-to-green excellence.
While Scheffler and Rahm top the market, it could pay to back Patrick Cantlay at a course where he has rarely failed to contend.
Cantlay would hardly be a surprise winner and the bookmakers obviously fear him, with most making him a point or two shorter than Rory McIlroy, a cautious approach which looks to be merited given Muirfield Village form figures of 35-4-1-7-32-1-3.
The 31-year-old has finished no worse than 21st in his last eight individual starts and that’s mainly down to some awesome driving which sees him rank 27th in distance off the tee and ninth in accuracy – a rare combo of power and precision not matched by any of his rivals.
A slightly misfiring short-game has stopped him from winning but it’s by no means a huge problem and he’s always putted well on the bentgrass greens of Muirfield Village.
The DP World Tour’s European Open is an event which has historically attracted a few big names, but it’s the now-stock DP World Tour field who will tee it up at Green Eagle Golf Courses this week.
Dubbed the Green Monster, the North Course offers one of the toughest tests on the European schedule and tends to go the way of a long, accurate ball-striker with Jordan Smith, Paul Casey and Marcus Armitage all winning over the last five seasons.
As was the case in the Netherlands last week, Victor Perez is the tournament favourite and the Frenchman makes much more appeal than he did at Bernardus, where he missed the cut less than a week after contending at the US PGA Championship in New York.
Perez should be freshened up for this test and his ball-striking excellence makes him a huge player at Green Eagle, where he finished third last season having led through 54 holes – running out of steam on Sunday a week after winning the Dutch Open.
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