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The Memorial Tournament has a very strong field most years, and this year is no different. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Jon Rahm…everyone’s there, pretty much (except Rory and Sergio). It’s a second-shot golf course that hosts, and Muirfield Village is one of the best on the PGA Tour.
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2017 Memorial Tournament rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Dustin Johnson – Hard to go against DJ anytime these days, and he’s been competitive in his starts since coming back from the Masters slip-n-fall. Good Memorial record.
2. Jon Rahm – Jon Rahm is probably the second-best player on the planet right now. He’s torching every course, and that leads me to believe he’s going to be world No. 1 in a year from now.
3. Jordan Spieth – The news of Spieth’s demise is #fakenews. The guy loves Colonial, yes, but he was magical on the weekend at Hogan’s Alley. Needs to get off to better starts in tournaments.
4. Hideki Matsuyama – Matsuyama is a past champion here, and he’s got a great, albeit small, record here.
5. Matt Kuchar – Kuchar is just perfect at Memorial, and he’s playing some great golf since that ace at the Masters. He has seven top-15 finishes here in his last nine starts. C’mon.
6. Jason Day – Day has playing privileges here, and it seems like he’s getting back into winning form after dealing with family issues to start the season.
7. Tony Finau – I’m back on the Finau train. He’s been playing very solid golf of late, just having trouble closing ’em out. Good record at Jack’s place with a few top-15s.
8. Billy Horschel – Admittedly, this is my riskiest pick of the week. He’s been volatile of late, with a bunch of MCs and a win sprinkled in at the Nelson. However, top 15 here two of the last three years is nice.
9. Webb Simpson – I recognize my anti-Webb bias. It’s nothing personal. However, he’s playing really strong golf right now. He should’ve won Colonial but he’s not a good frontrunner.
10. Byeong-hun An – Ben An is rounding into form just in time for the Presidents Cup. A couple of top-10s of late over here, and he was in contention on Sunday at Wentworth on the Euro Tour.
My DraftKings lineup for this week:
- Jon Rahm – $11,100
- Matt Kuchar – $9,400
- Tony Finau – $7,900
- Webb Simpson – $7,900
- Byeong-hun An – $6,900
- Billy Horschel – $6,700
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Event Finish History
Here are the players who finished in the top 15 at Muirfield Village multiple times in the last five years:
- Adam Scott – 2
- Bill Haas – 2
- Billy Horschel – 2
- Charl Schartzel – 3
- Dustin Johnson – 3
- Gary Woodland – 2
- Hideki Matsuyama – 2
- J.B. Holmes – 2
- Jim Furyk – 2
- John Senden – 2
- Keegan Bradley – 2
- Kevin Na – 2
- Kevin Streelman – 2
- Luke Donald – 2
- Marc Leishman – 2
- Matt Kuchar – 4
- Steve Stricker – 2
- Tony Finau – 2
- Webb Simpson – 2
DraftKings salaries change from week to week, depending on field strength and size, as well a player’s recent record and their history on a course. It’s in looking at how a salary changes over time that we might get some clues as to players that could be a little overrated or underrated.
Here’s the list of players in the field playing $700 over their 2016-17 average salary (ranked least to most over average salary):
- Morgan Hoffmann
- Bud Cauley
- Brian Harman
- Brooks Koepka
- William McGirt
- Jon Rahm
- Ollie Schniederjans
Success at Muirfield Village Golf Club
You have to be a complete player to win at Jack’s place. It’s one of the best golf courses on the PGA Tour, and there really aren’t any weak holes. You have to be able to do everything. It’s truly a second-shot golf course, like Augusta National, however. The approaches are demanding, even more so than a number of the tee shots. The green complexes are not easy to navigate, and there are plenty of times when playing for par is the right idea. Patience is a virtue. However, if you’re a hot hand, you can go pretty low in a hurry.