Fantasy Golf: DraftKings Picks for the 2019 Memorial Tournament

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 12: Matt Kuchar of the United States walks on the second hole during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 12: Matt Kuchar of the United States walks on the second hole during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

This week, the Draftkings community shifts it’s focus to one of most prestigious events on the PGA Tour schedule, the Memorial tournament.

This event was founded in 1976 by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. This tournament will have a very deep field of talent as the majority of the best golfers in the world will be in the field. Before I get into my Draftkings selections for the week, let’s take a quick look at the course that the field will play this week.

The Memorial is played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. This course is a par 72 that is 7,392 yards. This course seems to favor the golfer that is a strong ball striker that excels with irons from the fairway.

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This track has wider fairways than many of the courses on the PGA Tour. In general, getting the ball on the fairway is not the concern here as it is not very difficult to do. However, the second shot is pivotal on this golf course.

In my opinion, in order to win Draftkings contests this week you need to identify golfers that are currently excelling in iron play and finding greens in regulation at a high rate.

Additionally, the golf course was designed by the tournament host, Jack Nicklaus. Mr. Nicklaus always preferred a fade of the golf ball (a left to right ball flight) as a player. Having stated that, it should come as little surprise that this course, which he designed, clearly favors the golfer that prefers to hit fades rather than draws. I would recommend that you keep this in mind as you develop your lineups and player pools for the week.

Now it’s time for what I love to do the most every week! Here are my Draftkings picks for the Memorial Tournament.

Matt Kuchar (9,400) If you are looking for a golfer with outstanding previous course form, then look no further than Kuchar.  Mr. Kuchar has made 11 straights cuts at this event. Additionally, Kuchar has an impressive eight top 15 finishes, including one win in 2013 at this event.

As far as current form goes, Kuchar is playing extremely well in 2019. He has two wins this season including a runner up finish at the World Match Play. Kuchar finished in a tie for 8th at the PGA Championship in his most recent event played on Tour.

It should also be noted that Kuchar loves to fade the golf ball, which I think has contributed to his great success at this golf course in the past. I think his success continues at Muirfield Village in 2019. I would not be surprised at all if Kuchar is holding the trophy on Sunday afternoon.

Matt is currently 6th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach. I think that checks the box for me with regard to outstanding second shot iron play.

Adam Scott (8,700) For me, when I think of a great ball striker, one of the first golfers that comes to my mind is Adam Scott. Having stated that, putting has always been Scott’s biggest weakness. However, Adam has improved his putting this year. Scott currently is ranked 17th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting.

The 2013 Masters champion has demonstrated some consistent quality recent form as well. Scott finished 8th at the PGA Championship earlier this month, 18th at the Masters in April, and 12th at The Players in March.

Adam also checks the box for course form at Muirfield Village. He has made the cut here 10 of 11 times, demonstrating very good consistency on this track. Scott has four top 20 finishes at this event as well.

Henrik Stenson (8,500) If I am playing Draftkings contests and I need a consistent ball striker I always love to go with this man. One current key fact that I can point to that validates my statement is that Stenson is currently 1st on the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach.

Stenson has only played the Memorial one time, finishing 13th in 2018. His lack of play at this event does not concern me. In my opinion, this course sets up very nicely for him.

With regards to recent performance, Stenson has some decent finishes. He finished in a tie for 20th at the AT&T Byron Nelson earlier this month. Stenson also finished in 28th place at the Wells Fargo Championship in April.

Emiliano Grillo (7,900) Grillo has put together some quality finishes on the PGA Tour as of late. He finished 19th at the Charles Schwab last week, 23rd at the PGA Championship, and 26th at The Players in March.

Grillo has played the Memorial three times. His results at the Memorial are: 11th in 2016, 40th in 2017, and 23rd in 2018. I expect his success at this event to continue in 2019.

If you are looking for additional low priced golfers to fill your lineups that I like to make the cut and possibly top 20:

Keegan Bradley (7,600)

Kevin Streelman (7,400)

Andrew Putnam (7,200)

Bill Haas (6,700)

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Enjoy the Memorial Tournament and good luck in your Draftkings contests this week!