Memorial Tournament: Three to play in the First Round Leader market

American golfer Kevin Na
Kevin Na can make another fast start
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Dave Tindall picks out three players to get onside early at this week's Memorial Tournament...

"Now, he takes his greyhound-from-the-traps act to Muirfield Village - a venue where he finished runner-up in 2014 and T13 in 2015."

Back Kevin Na each-way @ 60/1

*EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 6 Places

Weather: Thursday temps start in the early 70s and rise to the early 80s in the afternoon while there's a threat of Thunderstorms throughout the day which could make life difficult for FRL backers. The wind picks up around 10am and is fairly steady from that point at speeds of between 12-14mph.

History: It's 4-3 to the p.m. wave when looking at the make-up of morning and afternoon starters who have gone on to hold the lead at the close of round one. That lack of any real bias was highlighted last year when Jason Dufner (a.m.) and David Lingmerth (p.m) shared top spot after 18 holes as both carded 65s. Some big names have made fast starts here in recent times with Dustin Johnson (a.m. 64), Hideki Matsuyama (p.m. 64), Rory McIlroy (p.m. 63) and Charl Schwartzel (a.m. 65) all posting the R1 lead.

Na can star again on day one

Kevin Na is shooting some ridiculous numbers at the moment.

At last week's Fort Worth Invitational he chipped in at his final round to secure the first-round lead on his own with a sparkling 62 and he went one better on Sunday with a 61!

Previously he's opened 66-65 at the Byron Nelson Championship.

He's 20th for Round 1 Scoring on the PGA Tour this year so is proven at coming out of the blocks fast.

Now, he takes his greyhound-from-the-traps act to Muirfield Village - a venue where he finished runner-up in 2014 and T13 in 2015.

True, the American didn't excel on day one in either event but the fact that he closed with a 64 four years ago and added a 66 in 2015 shows that he can post low numbers on the Jack Nicklaus layout.

He has some real momentum and confidence after finishes of T4 and T6 on his last two starts so I'm happy to get involved in a first-round leader punt at 60/1.

Na gets his day in play at 12.21pm local.

Bryson looks a nice' un

Byrson DeChambeau has played some excellent golf this season, racking up four top five finishes in his last 10 starts.

That includes third at Hilton Head and fourth at Wells Fargo in two of his last four.

The deep-thinking American has made some fast starts too, shooting 66 to sit second after day one in Phoenix and 67 to be inside the top four after Thursday's action at Bay Hill.

He was on his game early at Colonial last week, opening 68-67 to be tied sixth at halfway and he eventually finished second in greens in regulation for the week.

A top-class ball striker, DeChambeau has won on the Challenge Tour in Ohio (this week's State) while, with Muirfield Village having some similar traits to Augusta National (generous off the tee, emphasis on approach play, super-quick greens), it's encouraging that he was T8 at halfway on his Masters debut a couple of years back when still an amateur (finished T21).

He made his Memorial debut last year and shot middle rounds of 67-69 for T38 so, given the strides he's made, I expect DeChambeau can really step it up this week.

Hopefully he'll pave the way for that with a low one from his morning start at 8.48am.

Moore of the same please

Ryan Moore is a huge fan of this event. He loves putting on fast greens and the course just suits his eye.

"I think there's certain courses you just feel comfortable on, and this is one of those for me," he said a couple of years ago.

"Even when I'm struggling coming into this tournament, this course, for some reason, it seems to produce good golf scores for me. It's one of my favourite courses we play all year."

Runner-up in 2007, he's had three top 10s and a further four top 25s at Memorial.

There have been plenty of good starts too. He's ended day one in the top 15 on six occasions, the highlights an opening 66 for fourth in 2007, a Thursday 67 for fifth in 2015 and a 68 for eighth in 2014.

He's played some nice golf in recent months with only one finish outside the top 30 in his last six starts.

A first-round 68 left him in second place after day one of the Texas Open last month and a similar score was good enough for T6 after R1 at Riviera.

Moore, a 66/1 shot for FRL, heads out at 1.38pm local.

Dave's 2017/18 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £270
Returned: £235
P/L: -£35
(After the Forth Worth Invitational)

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