2022 Memorial Championship leaderboard: rookies Cameron Young and Davis Riley among six players to tie for the lead after the first round

The first round of the Memorial Tournament concluded Thursday at Muirfield Village where it left off last year in connection with the drama. After Jon Ram had to withdraw at the end of the 2021 championship with a positive test for COVID-19, another star left early on Thursday when Hideki Matsuyama has been disqualified 3- Unmatched wood.

Matsuyama wasn’t a leader or leader like Ram last year when he left the event, but Dr. He leaves behind a really fun leaderboard with the guys at the top and the horses in the back which should be great to watch develop over the next few days.

Let’s take a look at the predicament at the top of this board after round one and try to see who’s out when they turn a corner and head into the weekend on Friday night in round two.

leaders

T1. Mackenzie Hughes, Luke List, Cameron Smith, KH Lee, Davis Riley, Cameron Young (-5): Smith probably has the most power here, but let’s focus on newbies Young and Riley instead. Combined, they have a Top 15 in seven of their last eight starts, and are possibly the frontrunners for this year’s PGA Rookie Tour. Although their games are very differently built, they were in the top six in the field in hits earned from the tee to the green and likely both will be in the mix in some capacity from here through the end of the event.

This is a gruesome tournament that must be hacked to verify your first PGA Tour win as they both try to do so. It’s the sixth best event of 2022 in terms of field strength, and he would fit in Riley (25) or Young (also 25) well. The 20-year-old American Youth Race released so far this season.

The other competitors

T7. Sahith Thigala, Wyndham Clark, Will Zalatores, Denny McCarthy (-4)

T11. Corey Conners, Abraham Unser, Jonathan Vegas, Max Homma, Keegan Bradley, Joel Dahmin, Shane Lowry (-3)

T21. Rory McIlroy, Xander Shaveli, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler, Daniel Berger, Adam Scott (-2)

The power here is mostly in T11 and T21, the two hitters behind and three backstrokes in a row and a lot in the mix with 54 holes to go. Zalatoris clearly stands out, and his game seems to be perfectly tailored for the toughest courses (of which you could say Muirfield Village is). McIlroy didn’t put up at all, which is what you want to see when trying to decide who will go up in the next few rounds. Shaveli has top 15 players in each of his last four starts here. And Fowler – who struggled so hard with no top 20 players in 11 beginning this year – put on a really good day picking up hits in every category. The leaders are mostly brave, but this stalker group is sure to fear.

What exactly happened with Matsuyama?

I wrote The full summary is here, but some of the quotes are incredible. The Rules Administrator in charge of administering the provisional disqualification gave his press conference afterwards. A game that can only happen in golf and which somehow at one time makes this the most ridiculous and most fun sport in the world.

“When I got [his club]”I took pictures, and I was looking at them closely myself,” said rules officer Steve Rintoul. I actually closed my arms and rubbed my fingernail. One way I could feel it, but the next way I couldn’t. Although it was done with a material similar to Wite-Out, it was thick enough that you could pick it up from its place on the face.”

“Applying a separate little dot with a Sharpie to help you align is a good thing,” he added. “We have players who do that all the time. But the amount of substance that was on the face of the club, when we sent it to the USGA, their equipment standards players, was exaggerated. And that is what can affect the performance of the ball.”

Here is a look at the tags.

Jordan Spieth… can he hit?

After losing strokes in 15 of the last 23 measured rounds, Spieth finished fifth on the field on Thursday with a flat stick. Don’t let it heat up, folks, it’s going to be a problem!

“I had a few bugs, just was looking out the hole to pick up a few, and let it go,” said Speth. “This morning was probably the best show I’ve ever seen, they were so good. So you knew there was no excuse, and then they were so fast that wherever you’d start, you’d roll perfectly. So once the pit started, it was fun to Being on the Greens. I was trying to hit the Greens in regulation at that point.”

He didn’t actually hit the ball like he did, but that’s been so consistent this year that I don’t think it’s going anywhere. This was the best round Spieth had put into hitting since…the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge in over a year. If the racket is already flaring up and it’s not just a one-off, this is the perfect time for him with the US Open and Grand Prix taking place over the next 50 days.

John Ram’s return

Forget about the theatrical fireworks from last year for a moment and focus your eyes on this infamous case. In the past two years, Rahm has nearly doubled its production 2nd best player In Muirfield Village. This is outrageous. And although he didn’t have his best on Thursday (he hit 7 on a 5 par in the back nine), Ram was still gaining hits on the field and was in position to mare on Friday to come close to the lead in the course he was crushing.

Updated odds and options

Here’s a look at the new possibilities after 18 holes, via Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Cameron Smith: 7-1
  • Rory McIlroy: 10-1
  • Cameron Young: 11-1
  • Davis Riley: 12-1
  • Will Zlatoris: 12-1
  • Shane Lowry: 14-1
  • Xander Shaveli: 18-1
  • John Ram: 22-1
  • Jordan Spieth: 22-1

What a painting! Young and Riley get a lot of respect from the odds makers considering how well they’ve been playing over the past month. I like both of them here, but I like Riley a little better because of how good he is at hitting his irons. Laurie captivates me at the age of 14-1. His hits earned numbers off the charts (nobody in the field has been statistically better over the last 20 rounds). If you want to go a little further on the board, Homa at 28-1 is the play. He’s eighth in the field to hit the ball in his last 20 innings, and he’s taken his game to a new level this season and is only twice behind. This is a much better value than, say, Schauffele at 18-1.

Rick Gehman and Kyle Porter discuss Hideki Matsuyama’s disqualification at the memorial. Go ahead and listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcast And the spotify.