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Golf glance: Woods back in action at Memorial

Field Level Media
15 Jul 2020, 08:55 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Workday Charity Open (Collin Morikawa)

THIS WEEK: Memorial Tournament, July 16-19

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (Par 72, 7,456 yards)

Purse: $9.3 million (Winner: $1,674,000)

Defending Champion: Patrick Cantlay

FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas

TV: Thursday-Friday, 2:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 12:30-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-3:30 p.m. (GC), 3:30-7 p.m. (CBS).

NOTES: The PGA Tour completes its Muirfield Village doubleheader, playing on the same course for the second week in a row. The Memorial had hoped to be the first event since the tour's restart to play with fans on the course, but it abandoned those plans last week. ... If galleries had been present, they certainly would have flocked to follow Tiger Woods, who will play in his first PGA Tour event since February. In his most recent outing, Woods finished last among the players who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Woods knows his way around Muirfield, having won the Memorial in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2012. ... Collin Morikawa outdueled Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff to capture the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield on Sunday, the second victory of his one-year pro career. ... Morikawa will be paired Thursday and Friday with the last two Memorial winners, Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau. Cantlay captured last year's Memorial by two shots over Australia's Adam Scott, and DeChambeau topped Kyle Stanley and South Korea's Byeong Hun An in a playoff to win the 2018 Memorial.

BEST BETS: If Woods is able to shake off the rust and prevail, he would provide gamblers a nice payday: 2200 at PlaySugarHouse, 3300 by BetMGM. He also is the subject of numerous prop bets, including 200 at FoxBet for hitting the fairway with his first tee shot and -110 on the over/under of 295.5 yards for his tournament driving-distance average. ... Thomas (900 at PlaySugarHouse, 1100 at BetMGM) is among the favorites after nearly prevailing at Muirfield last week. ... Morikawa is at 2000 to make it a Dublin double victory. ... DeChambeau (1000 at PlaySugarHouse and BetMGM) remains at the top of the odds list despite taking last week off. He is arguably the hottest player on tour, having posted seven consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win in his most recent event, the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. ... Norway's Viktor Hovland, who came in third behind Morikawa and Thomas last week, is listed at 2000 by PlaySugarHouse, 2200 by BetMGM.

NEXT WEEK: 3M Open, Blaine, Minn.

--Field Level Media

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