Tiger Woods Returns to The PGA Tour in This Week’s Memorial

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The PGA Tour returned to live tournament play in early June with the Charles Schwab Challenge. Since that point, Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship as one of the top golfers in the world. A week later, Bryson DeChambeau took top honors in the Rocket Mortgage Classic as one of golf’s biggest attractions.

This week, Tiger Woods is expected to be in the field for the Memorial at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. His last competitive tournament was the Genesis Invitational back in February. Over the course of his storied career, Woods has won this tournament five times. His last victory in the Memorial was in 2012.

While Tiger has longer +2200 odds to win this week, his mere presence on the golf course should provide a huge shot in the arm for sports fans interested in online sports betting in Colorado or Indiana.

Woods may be past his prime in light of some of the young guns on the PGA Tour but he actually offers a sense of normalcy to this event and sports in general.

The first of four rounds was be played on Thursday, July 16 with the final round taking place on Sunday, July 19. If Woods can somehow put together a few decent rounds to stay in contention for that final round, it would add an even bigger boost to this event.

There are still no live galleries at PGA events but starved sports fans can catch all the action on the Golf Channel and CBS Sports. Avid sports bettors can turn to popular online sportsbooks offering sportsbook bonuses such as FanDuel, bet365, and DraftKings depending on their physical location. More than a few of the top-rated offshore sportsbooks will be taking action on this tournament through their online betting sites.

The favorite to win this week is DeChambeau at +1000 betting odds. He is currently ranked No. 2 on the 2020 PGA Money List. Through 11 tournaments played, he has cracked the Top 10 in eight of those events. Winning the Memorial in 2018 also adds some value to these odds for those trying their luck at legal sports betting.
Justin Thomas is a +1100 second-favorite on the futures board followed by Patrick Cantlay and Rory McIlroy at +1400.

Cantlay comes in as the defending champion after winning last year’s tournament. He posted four-straight rounds of 69 or better to best the field with a winning score of 269.

McIlroy is fifth on the list this year in earnings with just over $4 million. Heading into Thursday’s opening round, he will be paired with Woods and Brooks Koepka in what will be the featured trio of the day. Koepka’s odds to win this week match Tiger’s at +2200.

A betting odds calculator is useful because the betting odds for a first-round head-to-head matchup between Woods vs. McIlroy gives a slight advantage to Rory (-1/2 stroke) at -118. Tiger’s odds (+1/2) are -112. McIlroy is also favored in a matchup against Koepka. His odds (-1/2) are -130 with even-money +100 odds (+1/2) for Brooks.

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