This week the PGA Tour stops by Dublin, Ohio to play at Muirfield Village, one of the best courses on Tour. It’s a fantastic course to watch some of the best golfers in the world try and tame it. Muirfield Village is a very tough course, a very beautiful course, and each hole really has their own identity. It makes for an interesting watch.
As mentioned above , this is a very tough course to tame and this is a very strong field. I have a number of sleeper picks and golfers to keep an eye on for this week. And one final note, The Memorial is a really fun tournament to watch. It really is major-like in the same vein as THE PLAYERS. It’s a very fun tournament, and without further ado let’s get to the picks.
Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel isn’t the prototypical sleeper pick, but he’s apart of my picks for this week because he is under the radar and has a lot of value in the fantasy games.
As mentioned in the introduction, this is a strong field and with that Schwartzel is off the radar. He really shouldn’t be, though. Schwartzel hasn’t missed a cut at The Memorial Tournament.
In six tournaments, Schwartzel hasn’t missed a cut and he just keeps getting better and better. In 2006 and 2007 he finished T-62, in 2009 he finished T-27, in 2011: T-22, 2012: T-19, and last year he finished T-8. Given his results here and given how he has played on the PGA Tour this season look for Schwartzel to be in the thick of things come Sunday.
Bo Van Pelt: I mentioned Bo Van Pelt last week as a sleeper pick and he delivered. Van Pelt finished T-14 and his game is getting closer and closer to getting back on track.
Once again, I’m picking Bo Van Pelt as a sleeper pick. Van Pelt plays Muirfield Village extremely well. Since 2010, Van Pelt has recorded a T-3, T-13, T-13, and last year T-21.
Given the momentum he has and given his track record here at the Memorial, Van Pelt looks like a fantastic value pick once again.
Pat Perez: Pat Perez’s 14 made cut streak came to an end last week. Perez has had a very strong season and he’ll look to get back on track this week at The Memorial where he has had a lot of success. Since 2008, Perez’s worst finish at The Memorial has been a T-20 back in 2011.
Last year, Perez finished T-8, in 2012: T-25, 2011: T-30, 2009: T-27. Perez has been on a great, consistent run and with the way he has played this season, look for Perez to make the cut and finish in the top 30 here at The Memorial.
Stewart Cink: Stewart Cink….holy cow does he play The Memorial extremely well. You have to go all the way back to 1997, that’s the last time Cink missed at cut here at The Memorial. Cink has made the cut here for 16 years in a row. That alone…close up shop. Anytime you can take golfers that make the cut, that’s a good pick. For Cink, based on history that looks like money in the bank.
If you are worried that maybe he isn’t dazzling with his play this year, fear not. Last year, from THE PLAYERS to the Travelers Championship, Cink didn’t play good golf. He had missed the cut in 3 of 5 tournaments and at the Travelers he didn’t play on Sunday. But, that one tournament where he made the cut and played on Sunday was at The Memorial. He played and finished The Memorial and finished well, a T-29.
All in all, Cink looks like a great pick, and looks like a fantastic value pick. He’s a great 5th, 6th pick in your lineup when you load up your lineup with the favorites: the Matt Kuchar’s, Justin Rose’s, Rory McIlroy’s, etc.
K.J. Choi: Much in the vein as Charl Schwartzel, Choi really isn’t a sleeper pick, but he is undervalued. Choi is the same way with Stewart Cink, he has a fantastic history here at The Memorial tournament. The last time he missed the cut here at The Memorial was back in 2001.
Choi has racked up seven top 25’s in his last 12 events here at The Memorial, including a win in 2007. Again, Choi isn’t exactly a sleeper pick, but he’s worth keeping an eye on and he has a lot of value given his great play at The Memorial.
Brian Davis: It’s worth mentioning Brian Davis as well. He has made the cut in four straight PGA Tour starts and has made the cut at The Memorial Tournament for four straight years. Last year, Davis finished T-8, 2012: T-25, 2011: T-18, and in 2010: 67th.