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2021 Memorial Tournament odds, predictions: Consummate golf insider breaks down PGA Tour field, reveals surprising picks

Golf stats expert Sal Johnson has had an uncanny knack for picking winners, and now he provides his best bets for the PGA Tour event at Muirfield Village Golf Club
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A historic,  respected course and the approaching U.S. Open combine to draw a top-notch field for this week's 2021 Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. The event tees off Thursday at Muirfield Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus. 

William Hill Sportsbook lists defending champion Jon Rahm as the 10-1 favorite in its latest 2021 Memorial Tournament odds, followed by Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at 14-1.

Before you lock in any 2021 Memorial Tournament picks or PGA Tour predictions, you really need to see who golf insider Sal Johnson is backing.

A media legend and consummate golf insider, Johnson knows what it takes to succeed at Muirfield. Before the 2019 Memorial, Johnson had Patrick Cantlay as one of his best bets, noting that the "course is perfect for his game" and that he had been knocking on the door for a victory. Cantlay went 19 under par to beat Adam Scott by two strokes for his second PGA Tour victory.

In last year's Workday Charity, played at Muirfield, the golf expert said Justin Thomas "probably won't win but will have a great finish." And that's exactly what happened as Thomas and Collin Morikawa battled to the wire and beyond. Both finished 19 under, and Morikawa won it on the third playoff hole.      

Johnson also has a strong feel for how the players' games fit the courses. Before Phil Mickelson shocked the golf world in the PGA at Kiawah Island, the golf guru made it a point to include Louis Oosthuizen among his contenders. Johnson told SportsLine that Oosthuizen excels on links-style tracks like the Ocean Course and said he is "always a good pick in majors." 

The South African came in as a 60-1 long shot but was right in the middle of the action all weekend and went 4 under to tie for second. 

He also knows when surging players are poised for a breakthrough. He tabbed Sungjae Im as a top contender before his first Tour win at the Honda Classic last season, then touted Tyrrell Hatton before he got his first tour victory the following week. Anyone who has followed Johnson's advice has cashed in HUGE!  

Now Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer who worked with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, and the founder of the world's top golf stats database, has released his highly confident 2021 Memorial Tournament picks, and they will surprise you.

Shockingly, the golf expert is fading McIlroy, who broke his long victory drought just two starts ago and is one of the top contenders at 14-1!  Johnson thought the victory at Wells Fargo was the end to the Northern Irishman's problems, but he tied for 48th in the PGA Championship the following week. He also doesn't have a strong track record at Muirfield, and Johnson is wondering if he'll ever be able to win there!

Among his three picks to win, Johnson is touting a MAJOR long shot who comes in at well over 30-1 odds! This veteran is strong around the greens and with his putter. Those skills are expected to be critical on the revamped course, and he could pull off a stunning victory in the 2021 Memorial Tournament! Anyone who backs this underdog could cash in HUGE.

Who wins the 2021 Memorial Tournament? Where do Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa finish? And which MONSTER long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard and picks for the 2021 Memorial Tournament, all from the insider who has a strong feel for what it takes to win at Muirfield!

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