PGA Stars Showing Up in Ohio for The Memorial

PGA Stars Showing Up in Ohio for The Memorial
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Mobile Ohio sports betting made its debut on New Years Day. Since then, bettors in the state have had many events to consider for a wager.

Now it is time for an annual Ohio golf event.

The start of June tees off Thursday with The Memorial Tournament - hosted by 18-time major champion and arguably the greatest golfer ever, Jack Nicklaus - at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

The Memorial is one of the PGA Tour’s longest-running events at one venue, having debuted at Muirfield Village in 1976. Dublin is an 18-mile, 20-minute drive from Columbus.

Bettors will be able to consider the PGA’s top players on Ohio sports betting apps.

The top five players on the Official World Golf Ranking - Scottie Scheffler, 2020 champion Jon Rahm, 2019 and 2021 champion Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele – all will tee it up among a field of 120.

The field also includes defending champion Billy Horschel, who won by four strokes last year.

Missing from the event will be five-time champion Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2012).

Muirfield plays as a 7,571-yard, par 72 layout.

BetMGM Insights

As of noon Wednesday, the top five favorites at BetMGM Ohio Sportsbook to win the tournament and shake Nicklaus' hand at the end are:

  • Scheffler, No. 1 in the world, at +600, with 9% of the handle and 6% of the tickets held.
  • Masters champion Rahm opened at +800 and has improved slightly to +750 and is the second choice with 11.7% of the handle and 6.6% of the tickets.
  • Cantlay, who is looking for his third Memorial title, is the third favorite at +1000 with 13.4% of the handle (highest) and 6.1% of the tickets.
  • Rounding out the top five are: Schauffele and McIlroy, both tied for fourth at +1400.

Viktor Hovland, who battled it out with eventual winner Brooks Koepka at the recently played PGA Championship, has the highest ticket percentage at 8.9%.

The biggest liabilities for the BetMGM are Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth.

One special bet posted at BetMGM: Will there be a hole in one at any time during the tournament? Yes is the slight favorite at -135, No is at +110.

Look for BetMGM and other Ohio sportsbook promo codes if you choose to get in on the golf or any other sport.



Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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