Muirfield Village GC in Ohio plays host to another year of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, and several of the top players in the world are on hand to compete for the title. That gives you plenty of ways to go in building your lineups – so here are a few names to consider from every price range.
Dustin Johnson ($12,000) – There isn’t much more to be said – he has “only” finished T12 and T13 in his last two events. When those kinds of performances can rightly be referred to as disappointing, you know a player has reached an all-time elite level. He finished third here last year, and frankly, he will be looking to improve on that showing this weekend.
Jon Rahm ($11,100) – At this point, is there any reason to expect anything other than Rahm and DJ trading blows down the stretch on Sunday with a chance at a win? We’re nearly at the point where Rahm will have played the full calendar of PGA events, so we can start talking about what he has done on courses in previous attempts, but for now he is still a new face at every tournament he shows up at, and despite that, he is competing absolutely everywhere. Second in Total Strokes Gained, he is performing everywhere on the course, but especially off the tee and with his irons off the fairway, two skills that should mean he is able to tackle the toughest challenges offered up by Muirfield Village GC this weekend.
Hideki Matsuyama ($10,000) – He won here in 2014, and in his title defense effort ended up T5. His game has actually never been better than it is right now, giving him a chance to compete for the win here again and anchor even a GPP lineup looking for nothing but upside. If you don’t want to pay up for the top two options, he represents an excellent chance to get the same kind of potential at a slight discount. He is inside the top-20 in every Strokes Gained category except putting, and his work on the greens at THE PLAYERS was encouraging enough for you to think he might still be able to turn that around this summer.
Matt Kuchar ($9,400) – He has a track record on this course that almost demands consideration in all of your cash game lineups, no matter what you do in your GPPs. In his last nine appearances here he has finished inside the top-15 every time, with a win and a T2 mixed in as well, giving him enough upside to help put you over the top in a GPP as well. Coming off back-to-back top-12 performances, he’ll look to a course he likes to keep up the momentum heading into the U.S. Open in a couple of weeks.
Ollie Schniederjans ($8,300) – He’s made 11 of 13 cuts this season, an under-the-radar solid cash game play for most of the season. He is excellent with his irons off the fairway, and that’s led to a couple of top-20 finishes over the past two months and a fantasy scoring average of 66.5. He played Colonial to even par, good for T29 on the weekend, but he was only a few shots away from an even better finish than that.
Tony Finau ($7,900) – Distance matters here, and Finau has it. Hammering it off the tee allows you to approach the green with a slightly shorter iron in your hands here, for the most part, with relatively forgiving fairways. He has been solid for the past few months, with only a few missed cuts mixed in with an almost permanent spot in the top-30 otherwise, with a couple of top-10s mixed in and a T13 as recently as the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Kevin Kisner ($7,600) – Coming off a big win last weekend, Kisner is looking to keep up his run of solid play as the PGA Tour moves into the summer. He has had a top-10 finish here in the past, and with the way his game looks right now, sitting 10th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, that comfort level is likely to carry forward to 2017.
David Lingmerth ($7,400) – He closed out the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational with 67-67 on Saturday and Sunday, raising his spot on the leaderboard up to T12. He will look to keep up the momentum on a course where he finished near the top last year, eventually falling in a playoff.
Kyle Stanley ($7,400) – He managed to finish T4 at THE PLAYERS, just recently displaying the ability to hit enough shots to compete with a stellar field. He is a player who can thrive hitting second shots from a distance, a key on the par-4s here, several of which come in at almost 500 yards. Currently 10th on tour in Greens in Regulation % from 200+ yards, that’s a skill that could translate into another excellent showing this weekend.
Byeong-Hun An ($6,900) – He finished T11 here last year, not surprising for a player coming in at 37th on tour in Driving Distance. Like Stanley, he can excel at times with his long irons as well, and he had two top-10 finishes on the tour prior to his T24 at the BMW Championship last weekend.
Charl Schwartzel ($6,800) – Coming off two straight missed cuts, he might be lightly owned this weekend, making him a nice GPP play for me when you’re filling out the bottom of your roster. This is a player with three top-10s on the season, and who has played very well here in the past, with four top-20 finishes in tournament play and some solid work in international competition at the Presidents Cup back in 2013.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello ($6,700) – This will be his first appearance since a T4 at THE PLAYERS a few weeks back, which was his second consecutive solid performance, coming on the heels of a T24 finish at the Wells Fargo. He managed to sink 28 birdies over the course of those two outings, and that kind of upside is always in play for a golfer who is currently sixth overall in Strokes Gained: Putting.
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