The Tour heads to the beautiful Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio for this week’s Memorial Tournament. This event draws a top-tier field every year as it’s the product of Jack Nicklaus himself. Muirfield Village is a course players love to play every year. With a par of 72, it carries four par 5’s that are all reachable which puts par 5 scoring at a premium this week. With this in mind, long hitters do not necessarily have to be the main focus. Rather maintaining a nice mix of guys who are proven pure ball strikers and solid putters is key. Muirfield’s greens are quite undulated and typically play very fast throughout the tournament. Muirfield will punish players who are inaccurate. Water comes into play on over half the holes while there is an abundance of bunkers strategically scattered throughout the course as well. This course is a true test and players will have to be sound in all facets of their game to lift the trophy this week.
High End Targets
Mickelson has actually been playing some pretty solid golf lately and given that this course is designed to mimic Augusta National I can see him continuing his resurgence this week. He has a ton of experience playing this course and should be motivated to challenge for the win with the US Open approaching. If we’re keying on daily fantasy, Mickleson is a great option as he’ll provide tons of birdies and he’s very likely to have some looks at eagle on the par 5’s which equates to loads of points.
Not a whole lot needs to be said about this pick. Spieth has been one of the best golfers on the planet for the past year and I don’t expect him to slow down this week with the US Open looming. He’s third in putting from 15-20′ on Tour this year which will be huge on these quirky greens this week. Couple this with the fact that he’s sixty-second on the Tour in greens in regulation hitting 67.31% and he makes a strong case to continue his fine form.
Mid Range Targets
Koepka stormed onto the scene last year with his impressive showing at the US Open. Since then, he’s been kind of absent from the scene. When I say this I don’t mean he’s played poorly, I simply mean he doesn’t play all that much as he takes frequent breaks or vacations (can’t blame the guy). Having tee’d it up only three times on Tour since the Masters (one of those 3 being last week at the Byron Nelson) some may see this as a bit of a reach play. However I feel as though he’s a strong target to compete this week given his ball striking ability and putting prowess. Koepka is T33 for GIR on Tour, touching down on the fine grass 68.62% of the time. He also ranks 7th on Tour in putting from 15-20′ which cannot be ignored this week.
Billy looks to build off a strong showing at last week’s Byron Nelson in which he finished T13 at -7 for the week. Billy ranks 45th on the Tour in putting from 15-20′ and comes in strong at 10th in GIR hitting 70%. Horschel has made 33 birdies to only 14 bogeys in the past two tournaments he’s played which really bodes well for his fantasy value.
Jones presents himself as a great value play in my eyes simply because he has such a high ceiling and is on the board for such a low price. He’s the ultimate choice available at under $7,000 in my opinion. Having made 34 birdies in the past two weeks if he can tighten everything up and put it all together we could be looking at a very value-stricken pickup here.
Best of luck to all competitors this weekend, keep an eye on withdraws and such tonight as you do not want to get caught with a player slotted to start when they’re not even playing the event.