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The Memorial Tournament Preview & Picks - Best Picks For Muirfield Village

31 May 2023
Gary Emmerson 31 May 2023
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  • The Memorial Tournament takes place between June 1-4
  • Tournament being held at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio
  • Preview, predictions, stats & form
The world's elite golfers return to Ohio to contest the Memorial Tournament at the iconic Muirfield Village this weekend. Who will lift the trophy at this traditional stop on the PGA Tour? 

Billy Horschel returns to defend his title after a four-stroke victory over Aaron Wise in 2022. 

Past and present major winners who will tee off at Muirfield Village on Thursday include Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Lucas Glover, Shane Lowry, Hideki Matsuyama, Francesco Molinari, Collin Morikawa, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Danny Willett and Gary Woodland.

These are our top four selections that could win the title this weekend.

Rory Mcllroy

Rory McIlroy was in splendid form at the start of the new season, winning the CJ Cup in South Carolina on the PGA Tour and the Hero Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour.

The Northern Irishman's subsequent two events were decent, finishing T32 at the WM Phoenix Open and T29 at the Genesis Invitational before returning to form by placing T2 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, MC at the Players Championship and 3rd at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play.

McIlroy struggled after those performances, missing the cut at the Masters and finishing T47 at the Wells Fargo Championship but regained his touch by placing T7 at the PGA Championship.

The third-ranked golfer in the world has achieved consistent results at the Memorial Tournament in his last seven starts, placing T15 in 2014, T8 in 2018, MC in 2019, T32 in 2020, T18 in 2021, and T18 in 2022.

Although McIlroy has yet to taste success at this PGA Tour event, he has won twice this season and was thereabouts in his last tournament. 

Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele had an outstanding start to the new season on the PGA Tour, placing T9 at the ZOZO Championship, 4th at the Hero World Challenge, T3 at American Express, T13 at the Farmers Insurance Open and T10 at the WM Phoenix Open.

Schauffele could not maintain his level of play after those results, finishing T33 at the Genesis Invitational, T39 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational; however, he bounced back to form by placing T19 at the Players Championship, T5 at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, T10 at the Masters, T4 at the RBC Heritage, T4 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 2nd at the Wells Fargo Championship and T18 at the PGA Championship.

The world's number-five-ranked golfer missed the cut on debut at Muirfield Village before producing four solid results by placing T14 in 2019, T13 in 2020, T11 in 2021 and T18 in 2022.

Schauffele has gone close multiple times to winning another PGA Tour title this year and will fancy his chances to take home the winner's cheque at the Memorial Tournament. 

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama had a decent start to the 2022/23 PGA Tour season by finishing T25 at the Fortinet Championship, T40 at the ZOZO Championship, T34 at the CJ Cup, T21 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, T48 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open and T29 WM Phoenix Open before missing the cut at the Genesis Invitational and Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Matsuyama returned to form after those back-to-back poor performances by placing 5th at the Players Championship, T31 at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play, T15 at the Valero Texas Open, T16 at the Masters, T23 at the AT&T Byron Nelson and T29 at the PGA Championship.

The 31-year-old has compiled an impressive record at the Memorial Tournament, winning in 2014 before placing T5 in 2015, MC in 2016, T45 in 2017, T13 in 2018, 6th in 2019, MC in 2020 and T62 in 2021.

Matsuyama will draw on his experience at this tournament to go for the victory at the Muirfield Village for the second time in his career.

Cameron Davis

Cameron Davis had a solid start to this season on the PGA Tour, missing the cut at the Fortinet Championship before finishing T37 at the Shriners Children's Open, T29 at the ZOZO Championship, T13 at the CJ Cup in South Carolina and T7 at the Australian PGA Championship (DP World Tour).

Davis' form dipped dramatically after those results as he struggled with his putting by missing the cut six times in seven events, with his best result being T32 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

The 28-year-old returned to form by placing T6 at the Players Championship and has been in excellent shape since, finishing T17 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, MC at the Valero Texas Open, T7 at the RBC Heritage, T59 at the Wells Fargo Championship and T4 at the PGA Championship.

The Australian has made three appearances at the Memorial Tournament, missing the cut in 2017 and 2021 before finishing T53 in 2022.

Davis comes into this tournament on the back of top results in the PGA Tour and could upstage others with a victory this weekend. 


McIlroy has the game to go all the way and win his maiden Memorial Tournament this weekend.

Schauffele has been knocking hard this season and has the form to be victorious at Muirfield Village.

Matsuyama has threatened to put in a big performance in recent months and can make his presence felt.

Davis has been in great touch and offers excellent value in Ohio this weekend.

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