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DraftKings PGA Advice: Memorial Tournament (2020)

Jul 14, 2020

In a thrilling playoff finish, Collin Morikawa (25/1) edged out Justin Thomas for his second career PGA Tour victory at the Workday Charity Open. Two weeks removed from missing his first PGA cut in 22 events, Morikawa bounced back in a huge way. The 23-year-old shot rounds of 65-66-72-66 to finish at 19-under par and win his first-ever event at Muirfield Village Golf Club. It was a brilliant final day for Morikawa, as he gained an impressive 5.87 strokes on his approaches to help him win the tournament.

The PGA Tour remains in Dublin, Ohio, for the annual Memorial Tournament this weekend. The tournament will be even more exciting, as Tiger Woods announced he would make his first start since the Genesis Invitational in February. Woods has won the Memorial Tournament five times in his career and had three consecutive victories between 1999-2001.

An even stronger field will tee it up for this week’s Memorial Tournament. Bryson DeChambeau ($11,100), Justin Thomas ($10,900), Rory McIlroy ($10,700), Dustin Johnson ($10,300), Collin Morikawa ($10,000), and Patrick Cantlay ($9,800), are the highest priced golfers on DraftKings. Both winners of 2019 and 2018, Cantlay and DeChambeau will be in the field to attempt another victory. The world number one, McIlroy, has never won here but has four top-10s.

Here are the last five winners of the tournament

  • 2019 Patrick Cantlay (-19)
  • 2018 Bryson DeChambeau (-15)
  • 2017 Jason Dufner (-13)
  • 2016 William McGirt (-15)
  • 2015 David Lingmerth (-15)

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Course Preview

The Memorial Tournament will once again be played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. However, we can expect changes regarding pin placements, tee boxes, rough lengths, and green speeds this week. Muirfield Village usually plays as one of the toughest golf courses relative to par due to the thick penal rough that can become a nightmare to get out of. It will play this week as a par-72, and it measures at 7,456 yards long. Golfers will see small, Bentgrass greens (with some Poa Annua), that usually roll very fast.

While keeping the ball in the fairway will be important this week, you should emphasize approach when determining your betting card. Many of the greens have severe undulations, and golfers must put their balls in the right spot to avoid any three-putts. The Jack Nicklaus design will be an all-around test of golf, and scrambling will be a key stat to look at. A lot of the scoring will come on the four Par 5s. There are six challenging Par 4s that measure between 450-550 yards, and three of the four Par 3s are very demanding.

Key Stats

  • Par-5 Scoring
  • Strokes Gained: Approach
  • Scrambling
  • Performance on Bentgrass Greens
  • Course History

Recommended Plays

Rory McIlroy ($10,700)
Despite being the world’s top-ranked golfer, McIlroy is just the third-highest priced golfer this week. He has two top-10s in the last five years here (2018, 2016) and may go overlooked despite still being in solid form. McIlroy is number one on the PGA Tour in Par 5 scoring and should put up plenty of birdies on the four Par 5s. Muirfield will play a bit longer and more difficult this week, so it should play into McIlroy’s hands.

Patrick Cantlay ($9,800)
The event’s defending champion leads everyone in the field in many statistical categories over the last ten years at Muirfield Village. He’s first in scoring, first in birdies/eagles, first in strokes gained: tee-to-green, and first in strokes gained: approach. Cantlay put up another top-10 finish at Muirfield last week despite not having his best stuff until Sunday.

Jon Rahm ($9,300)
Rahm set his career-high in strokes gained: tee-to-green, in the final round at Muirfield Village last week. He gained an impressive 6.29 strokes tee to green on Sunday en route to an eight-under round to finish the tournament. When Rahm gets hot, he gets hot. This is evidenced by his streak of four straight top-10 finishes to begin the 2020 season.

Brooks Koepka ($9,100)
Despite not being in great form and missing the cut last week, Koepka has way too much upside to pass up at this price. He was a late addition to the Memorial this week, saying that he needs to start performing better and get more FedExCup points. I expect a highly motivated Koepka to bounce back this week. His second round at Muirfield was much better, and he almost made the cut after shooting a 74 on Thursday.

Daniel Berger ($8,700)
The winner of the Charles Schwab Challenge in June is one of the hottest golfers in the world right now. He has five top-10 finishes since the Waste Management Open in January. Berger has the elite combination of strong approach play and putting to go well here once again. He ranks 35th in strokes gained: approach, 10th in strokes gained: putting, and 15th in Par 5 scoring in 2020.

Abraham Ancer ($8,500)
The talented Mexican golfer continues to inch closer to his first career PGA Tour victory. In 14 starts this season, Ancer has seven top-25s and four top-10s. This includes a second-place finish at the RBC Heritage in June. Known for his elite iron play, Ancer ranks 11th in strokes gained: approach, in 2020. This should bode well for Ancer’s chances at Muirfield, as it is largely a second-shot golf course.

Joaquin Niemann ($7,900)
The young Chilean rates out very well on bentgrass greens. In his last two times out at the Memorial, he has finishes of 26th and 6th. Niemann ranks second in par-4 scoring on holes between 450-500 yards. His ball-striking and approach play is extremely good. He ranks 19th in strokes gained: approach and 22nd in strokes gained: tee-to-green, in 2020. Niemann is coming off a solid 31st place finish at the Workplace Charity Open and will look to continue his success at Muirfield.

Kevin Streelman ($7,600)
Streelman’s course history at Muirfield Village is too good to ignore. In the last five years, he has finishes of 4th, 44th, 13th, 8th, and 18th. He seems like a lock to make the cut this week and help you get 6/6 golfers through your lineups. Streelman is coming off another top-10 finish at Muirfield Village. He shot rounds of 70-64-71-72 at the Workday Charity Open last week.

Lucas Glover ($7,100)
Glover has been playing some excellent golf of late. He has four straight top-25 finishes and has scored over 87 DraftKings points in each of those events. In my rolling stats model, Glover ranks fourth in strokes gained: approach. He is a consistent ball-striker who hits plenty of fairways and is an above-average putter on fast bentgrass greens.

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