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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Consistent Matt Kuchar can build on solid start in Ohio

Betting tips for day two at Muirfield Village

Matt Kuchar has an excellent record at Muirfield Village
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Day two
Sky Sports Golf, 5.30pm Friday

Bookmakers are struggling to separate the claims of the three players teeing off at 6.27pm BST in the second round of the Memorial, but there looks a decent chance that Matt Kuchar will come out on top against Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen.

The consistent Georgian finished his first round with a one-under-par total of 71 and he looks likely to push on at Muirfield Village, where he has finished in the top ten in seven of his 12 attempts.

Some firms have each player priced at 7-4 in the threeball and this is often the best way to get with Kuchar, who has a habit of challenging for big prizes but not getting over the line.

He has not won anywhere since his success in the low-grade Fiji International in the closing weeks of 2015 and it was more than 12 months before that he captured his last US Tour victory at the Heritage.

Kuchar has slipped out of the world's top 20 and has finished in the top 20 in just one of his last six tournaments, a run that began with a tie for 28th at The Masters.

However, the need for straight hitting this week should suit his style and there are questions over his playing partners.

Leishman has appeared to be on the cusp of bursting into the game's elite in the last year or so and has decent form figures at Muirfield Village of 15-11-5 in his last three attempts.

However, in spite of the fact he went into this week's tournament having finished second in his last outings at the Byron Nelson, he performed poorly at the Players Championship and missed the cut at the Heritage after his ninth spot at Augusta.

His first-round 74 was a disappointment and he needs to make a swift recovery to be a factor in the next few days.

Oosthuizen performed the best of the trip in the opening round but his two-under-par 70 was in marked contrast to the 75 and 80 he carded in his only previous efforts at the Ohio track.

The former Open champion has shown signs of life in the last few weeks but four top-20s and three missed cuts in his last seven efforts indicate the inconsistent nature of his recent efforts.

Consequently, it is a bit of a leap of faith that he will be able to post another solid 18 holes.

Recommendation
M Kuchar to win threeball 6.27pm BST
2pts 7-4 general


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