Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio is a 7,366-yard, par 72 layout designed by the great Jack Nicklaus to replicate the feeling of Augusta National. It has been ranked as one of the top 100 courses in the world and is one of the Tour’s toughest tests, with challenging changes in elevation, unforgiving fairways and slick greens. Tiger Woods is a five-time champion, but the most recent winners have been Jason Dufner, William McGirt and David Lingmerth. Matt Kuchar and Hideki Matsuyama are the other champions since Tiger last tasted success here in 2012.
There are a host of star names in action this week and the betting is dominated by members of the world’s top 10, headed by world number two Dustin Johnson at 12/1* across the board. Jason Day is a 14/1* chance with Betfred, while every bookmaker has Justin Thomas available at that price. Fresh from his victory at last week’s Fort Worth Invitational, the new world number three Justin Rose is also at 14s, while Rory McIlroy is at 16/1* after finishing runner-up to Francesco Molinari at the BMW PGA Championship. Jordan Spieth is at 18s with Bet365 and Betfred and Rickie Fowler is a general best price of 20/1* as seven of the world’s top 10 tee it up in preparation for the US Open.
Emiliano Grillo was one of our three selections at the Fort Worth Invitational and he justified our support with a share of third place to continue his excellent recent form. To recap, the Argentinian has not missed a cut since August and has posted five top 10 finishes in his last nine starts. He has played here only twice, finishing 11th two years ago. Take a chance on him again at 50/1* with Ladbrokes or Coral.
Kevin Na posted a brilliant final round of 61 to finish in a share of fourth place in Fort Worth and having tied for sixth at the Byron Nelson event a week earlier he will be approaching this tournament in confident mood. The world number 62 was runner-up here in 2014 and shared 13th place a year later, so he has fond memories of this course, and he looks a decent each-way chance at 66/1* with Ladbrokes, William Hill or Betfred.
Branden Grace is a multiple winner, having claimed five titles in 2012 and five more since, and the South African looks to have played his way back into top form in recent weeks. The world number 31 was third at the Byron Nelson a couple of weeks back before crossing the Atlantic to share fifth place at Wentworth and at 45/1* with Bet365 he looks a big price to keep his purple patch going.
*All odds subject to change.