Fantasy PGA Preview: The Memorial Tournament

As the PGA lads travel to Ohio, so does daily fantasy golf. So what better way to earn some cash than in the Buckeye state. This week I will be using Draftstreet prices for my article.

Crowne Plaza Invitational

So as I have discussed this season, the trend so far for the PGA in 2014 is the year of the unlikely winner. After being questionably moved to the number one rank in the the world, Adam Scott silenced the haters and stamped his name as the confirmed number one by achieving the Texas Grand Slam, a feat no other golfer has ever achieved. He has now won every tournament Texas has to offer.

On Thursday it didn’t look too good for Scott. After a far from impressive first round, he came back in the second round and squeaked past the cut line on Friday. However champions tend to shine in the championship rounds and that is exactly what happened, where he won by beating Jason Dufner in a playoff.

My picks for last week were okay, though nothing to phone home about. John Senden was the shining star, notching up a 5th place finish. Graham Delaet and David Hearn continued their strong play finishing 14th and 21st respectively. Jim Furyk was a little disappointing coming in 51st, but if you took my advice and played him instead of Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson you came ahead since Kuchar missed the cut and Zach came 73rd.

Both Kevin Na and Franklin Corpening both missed the cut. It might be the last time I ever write about Na. I can never seem to pick when he will play solid and when he might choke up. As for Corpening, I am disappointed he missed the cut but it could have been worse. He shot an 8 on a Par 3, five over on one hole. He ended up 5 over for the tournament. Had he even just bogeyed or double bogeyed that hole he would have been playing on the weekend. One hole crushed him and he never really recovered. With that being said it lends an interesting point in daily fantasy golf. Since most sites only penalize you for double bogey or worse, on that hole it did not matter if he shot +2 on that hole or +5, he only got negative points for the first 2 strokes over par. Now if he bogeyed 5 holes in a row his end score would have been far worse, thus the “could have been worse” comment.

The Memorial Tournament

One good thing about the PGA is the way they honour their greats of the game. When Byron Nelson was alive top quality players would flock to his event even though they hated the course, why? Out of respect for the man himself. The Arnold Palmer gets a nice turnout of top quality to his event out of respect from players. Well this week is no different. The Memorial is Jack’s tournament and yes the talent is thick at this event.

The Course

As I mentioned above, they are heading to Ohio, Dublin Ohio to be more specific. There is Jack Nicklaus’ baby, the Muirfield Village Golf Club. It runs 7,392 yards long and is a par 72 course. It played as the 6th hardest course last year. The defending champion is Matt Kuchar. Every year they chose a person in golf to honour, thus how the tournament got its name. This year Annika Sorenstam will be honoured. With that being said, should we give a boost to some of the Swedish players?

Golfers

When compiling this list, I had a quote from the Madden NFL games going through my head. “Big time players make big time plays, and that wins football games”. Figured that would be my theme for this articles.

Justin Rose flag england 50x35 $22,882
So after reading a few articles today I read that this course was designed with Augusta on the brain, but it also could easily be used as a US Open track. Well when you look at recent form in those tournaments Justin Rose is a hard man to pass up. He came in first at the US Open last year and finished 14th at Augusta this year. His last three events on US soil have been top 10 finishes. One of those being the PLAYERS championship. I like the way DS priced their players this week. Rose is an easy price to obtain. He won this event in 2010 and has recorded two top 10’s in his last two trips here.
Jordan Spieth $19,547
Went off the Spieth train but now I am back on it, and why not? Augusta? Sawgrass? A Jedi fears not these things. So far in the two biggest events this season he has shown he has the talent to hang with the best talent in the world. What am I saying? He IS one of the best talents in the world, well maybe besides Patrick Reed. He is following Justin Rose in the world rankings, coming in as the 10th best player. At 19K he is almost must play at this point. If you do fade him it might be due to variance in tournament play, but even then I wouldn’t.
Jason Day $17,312
This might be a sneaky tournament play. He is fresh off an injury. The same injury that he suffered before the Masters and aggravated during the Masters. Still he managed a 14th at that tournament. If it is completely healed and he can shake off the rust, there is no reason Day couldn’t do some positive damage in what is now his hometown. This is purely a gut call and I will have him in a few tournament teams.
Hideki Matsuyama $14,483
Last week I had Hideki in my lineup right up to Wednesday night, then I subbed him out for Paul Casey. Well that failed. I think Hideki might be on a comeback of sorts. It was almost this time last year when Hideki burst onto the scene at the US Open. He was tied for the lead after the 3rd round last week and then shot 1 over to come in 10th. His recent form has been trending in the right direction.
Bo Van Pelt $14,312
BVP is a term that gets used a lot here on Rotogrinders, just not in golf, at least this year. Van Pelt has been a forgotten guy this year, but I can not blame anybody for doing so. His play has been less than average. However he, like Hideki, are trending in the right direction. He placed 26th at THE PLAYERS and then 14th last week at the Crowne. For his price I would settle for a similar result than that. He is 8 out of 10 in making the cut here and his last 4 starts have been top 25 finishes (including one top 10)

Sleeper

Stewart Cink $11,932
Cink is my dark horse (if you hadn’t guessed by my sleeper title). The last time he missed the cut here (and the only time), the year was 1997. He has played 18 times at the Memorial. The last time he finished outside the top 30 was in 2005. He has made 11 out of 13 cuts this season and is riding a 6 cuts made streak. For 11K he gives you great roster flexibility

So there you have it folks, my picks for the Memorial Tournament.

Good luck to all.

Cheers!

Gibb

About the Author

  • Gibb Pollard (gibbathy)

  • Gibb Pollard has been a member of RotoGrinders since 2012. He is an example of the power of the RotoGrinders blog section, taking a little weekly PGA blog in 2012 and turning it into a two-time FSWA nominated column. In 2014 he took down the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award. Originally hailing from Australia, he is a regular on our PGA GrindersLive shows, giving our cast of hosts some international flavor.

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