Fantasy Golf Picks for the Memorial  

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The PGA Tour will “Jack’s Place” this week for the Memorial Tournament. This is the tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus, so the fields are always strong. The Memorial is an “signature event” again this year. That means the purse is $20M and the top golfers are required to play. 34 of the top-40 golfers in the World Golf Rankings will tee it up in Dublin, Ohio. There will be plenty of good choices for our DFS lineups this week.

 

COURSE BREAKDOWN

Muirfield Village was renovated before the Memorial Tournament two years ago. The course is a par 72 which plays 7,540 yards in length. It is a tough course which should prepare the golfers for the U.S. Open next week.

Muirfield Village has a lot of water and bunkers so it will be important for the golfers to be accurate off the tee. Bombing it off the tee will not be important this week since most of the golfers club down in order to keep it in the fairway. Accuracy off the tee will be more important than length in Ohio. The greens have a lot of slope and play very fast. Most of the golfers say that the Memorial Tournament plays like a major because of the tough course conditions. Every aspect of the golfer’s game will be tested this week.

Click here to see the course: Muirfield Village Golf Club

 

 

THE MEMORIAL KEY STATS

– Accuracy off the Tee

– Stroke Gained Approach

– Strokes Gained Putting (Bentgrass)

– Par 4 Scoring (450-500 yards)

– Birdie or Better %

 

Here is the recent form and course history for each golfer this week: History and Form

 

 

TOP 30 GOLFERS

 

 

CORE GOLFERS FOR THE MEMORIAL

 

 

THE MEMORIAL STRATEGY

The Memorial is an invitational tournament. There are 71 golfers in the field this week and unlike some of the other “signature events”, there is a cut this week. The top-50 and ties will play the weekend. That means 75% – 80% of the field will play all four rounds. There will be three or four “chalk plays” that miss the cut and blow up people’s lineup. The key to winning this week is to avoid those landmines.

To Scottie or not to Scottie, that is the question…. I just cannot fade Scottie Scheffler. He is the best golfer in this field. I will not have as much ownership of Scheffler that I have had in previous weeks, but he will still be one of my core golfers.

I am going to do something that I have not done in a long time for the Cash Contest lineup… I am going to fade Scottie Scheffler. I tried to build lineups with Scheffler and five golfers who I really trust, but I just cannot do it. I will take a chance with three of the higher-priced golfers and three value picks, over Scheffler and five scrubs.

My strategy for my Tournament Contest lineup is to spread my ownership out this week. I doubt Scottie Scheffler or any other golfer is going to run away with this tournament. Muirfield Village is just too tough of a course, so the leaderboard should be tight at the top. I want three golfers in the top five in my lineups. Those golfers will likely come for the $8K+ price range.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS CASH CONTEST

COLLIN MORIKAWA ($9,800): I want as many ball-strikers as possible in my Cash Contest lineup this week, so I will start with the golfer who hits more fairways in regulation then anyone in the field. Morikawa went back to his old swing coach this year and he is quickly returning to his old form. He has four finishes in the top-10 in his last five tournaments. I will be betting Morikawa to win and using him in many of my DFS lineups this week.

CORREY CONNERS ($8,500): I thought about pairing Viktor Hovland or Justin Thomas with Collin Morikawa in my Cash Contest lineups, but I just think Correy Conners is the safer play. The other two golfers this year have blown up lineups this year. Conners has been one of the most reliable golfers on the PGA Tour. He has made 14/14 cuts and that includes a sixth-place finish last week in his home country of Canada. Conners has also made five of his last six cuts at the Memeorial Tournament. Conners has the game to win Sunday.

BYEONG HUN AN ($8,400): Benny-An has the form and course history to play well this week. He has made five cuts in a row and that includes two finishes in the top-four. Benny-An lost the Memorial Tournament in a playoff in 2018 and he finished 24th last year. The course is supposed to play softer and longer this week. Benny-An ranks No. 2 in Distance off-the-tee, No. 3 in Greens in Regulation and No. 3 in Sand Saves. All stats that should lead to a top-10 finish Sunday.

RUSSELL HENLEY ($8,000): There is a lot to like about Henley this week. He has made every cut this year, except a mc at THE PLAYERS. His course history is good since Henley finished seventh in 2020 and 16th last year at the Memorial Tournament. The key stats love Henley. He ranks No. 6 in SG Tee-to-Green, No. 3 in SG Approach, No. 2 in Fairways Gained off-the-tee. I would not be surprised to see Henley near the top of the leaderboard Sunday.

SI WOO KIM ($7,700): I had to decide between Tom Kim and Si Woo Kim. You really cannot go wrong with either Kim in your lineup, but Si Woo has the better course history so he gets the spot in my Cash Contest lineup. Si Woo Kim has never missed a cut at the Memorial Tournament (8/8). That includes a fourth-place finish last year, 13th in 2022, ninth in 2021 and 18th in 2020. He ranks 24th in the key stats and Si Woo has made 14/15 cuts this year. He should be a safe golfer with a lot of upside for your Cash Contest lineup.

SEPP STRAKA ($7,500): I know a lot of people will dip down to the $6K range and use Lee Hodges or Austin Eckroat at the bottom of their Cash Contest lineups, but I want a golfer with more upside. Straka enters the Memorial Tournament with three finishes in the top-eight in his last four tournaments. He also finished 14th at the Memorial Tournament in 2020 and 16th last year. Straka has the form and course history to score well for your DFS lineup in Ohio.

 

 

DRAFTKINGS TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

VIKTOR HOVLAND ($10,200): Hovland won this tournament last year and he finished third in 2020. I am not chasing the win from last year, but playing Hovland based on his recent form and course fit. Hovland finished third at the PGA Championship. Valhalla Golf Club plays very similar to Muirfield Village. His top-three finish in the major last month should translate into success this week.

COLLIN MORIKAWA ($9,800): I wanted to play a different golfer in this spot to give you an idea of my thoughts for the week, but Morikawa fit in this lineup better than anyone else in the $9K range. Patrick Cantlay “should” play well at his best course, but his form sucks. Luvig Aberg has the talent to win this week, but is he healthy. You can pivot to Cantlay or Aberg to be a bit more contratian, but I will play it safe and use Morikawa.

TONY FINAU ($7,900): We typically see Finau priced in the $8K range in the signature events, but we get him at a bit of a discount this week. There really is no reason for the dip in price with Finau. He finished 12th in the signature event at the RBC Heritage, finished 18th on a similar course at the PGA Championship and Finau finished 17th in his last tournament at the Charles Schwab. He has the upside to finish in the top-five Sunday if his putter gets hot.

TOM KIM ($7,800): Kim is starting to round into form after a slow start to the 2024 season. He has made his last seven cuts and that includes a fourth-place finish last week in Canada. He even said after his round last week that he is playing his best golf right now. Kim missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament last year, but it was his first trip to Muirfield Village. I will chalk that up to a learning experience and take a chance with Kim this week.

KEEGAN BRADLEY ($7,700): Is it Keegan week? Every year Bradley comes out of nowhere and either wins and competes in a playoff to win. Maybe this is the week when he pops up at the top of the leaderboard. Bradley finished in the top-25 in four of his last five tournaments on the PGA Tour. That includes a second-place finish in his last tournament at the Charles Schwab. I was surprised to see that he ranks No. 9 in the key stats this week. His distance off-the-tee should give him an advantage on this soft course.

LEE HODGES ($6,500): I know it is “Lee Hodges Chalk Week” so this lineup is better for single-entry contests, then it is for Multi-Entry Tournament Contests. Hodges is the best bargain in the field this week at $6,500. All he has done over the last month is finish 24th at the Wells Fargo, 12th at the PGA Championship and 12th at the Charles Schwab. Hodges ranks No. 27 in the key stats (not bad for his price) and his finished 12th at the Memorial Tournament last year. Hodges has the upside to win at a bargain price. How can you fade that?

 

Here are my lineups for Multi-Entry Tournament Contest: (Multi Entry Lineups)

 

 

FANDUEL CASH CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

FANDUEL TOURNAMENT CONTEST LINEUP

 

 

 

PGATOUR.COM FANTASY PICKS

This is the first tournament in Segment 3. This is the toughest segment to navigate. We have the signature vent at the Memorial, the U.S. Open, another signature event at the Travelers Championship, the Open Championship and the three FedEx Playoff events. The Top golfers in the world will be playing a lot over the summer, so we need to save some of our top golfers for the playoffs.   

 

 

FANTASY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ONE & DONE PICK:  VIKTOR HOVLAND (MEMORIAL)

Players in Fantasy Golf Championship One & Done so far: Rory McIlroy (4th), Colin Morikawa (3rd), Books Koepka (26th), Wyndham Clark (47th), Tom Hoge (41st), Matthew Fitzpatrick (28th), Jon Rahm (45th), Hideki Matsuyama (7th), Will Zalatoris (74th), Maverick McNealy (45th), Justin Thomas (MC), Scottie Scheffler (Won), Russell Henley (41st), Tony Finau (13TH), Sahith Theegala (37th), Sam Burns (3rd), Max Homa (66th), Jason Day (MC), Taylor Montgomery (61st), Corey Conners (57th)

 

SEASON-LONG ONE & DONE PICK:  BYEONG HUN AN (MEMORIAL)

One & Done picks used so far this season: Rory McIlroy (4th), Colin Morikawa (3rd), Bryson DeChambeau (2nd), Max Homa (8th), K.H. Lee (59th), Adam Hadwin (10TH), Patrick Cantlay (3rd), Jon Rahm (45th), Corey Conners (25th), Keith Mitchell (MC), Sam Burns (MC), Shane Lowry (19th), Matthew Fitzpatrick (MC), Eric Cole (MC), Nicolai Hojgaard (52nd), Adam Scott (19th), J.T. Poston (MC), Jordan Spieth (39th), Keegan Bradley (43rd), Andrew Putnam (47th), Russell Henley (4th), Sungae Im (5th), Alex Noran (Won), Beau Hossler (15TH), Min Woo Lee (6th), Adam Schenk (MC), Eric Cole (35TH), Sahith Theegala (Won)

 

 

THE MEMORIAL BEST BETS

COLLIN MORIKAWA (14-1)

RUSSELL HENLEY (45-1)

COREY CONNERS (45-1)

BYEONG HUN AN (50-1)

LEE HODGES (180-1)

 

Good Luck This Week!!!!

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