This week we stay in Dublin, Ohio for the Memorial Tournament. This will be the first back to back event at Muirfield Village as we are playing here for the second week in a row. This course is 7,392 yards on bent greens (last week it was 7,450 yards), par 72, and designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Three holes will play longer than usual this week; The Par 3, 8th hole will play 202 yards, the Par 5 – 11th hole will play 583 yards and the Par 5 – 15th hole will play 560 yards. Also, the greens are going to be fast, they’ll be much faster than what we saw at Rocket Mortgage and the rough will be shorter as well (approx. 3.5 inches). There are 73 bunkers and 13 water hazards on the course.
The best course comparison is the Barracuda Championship, Augusta National, Memorial (obv) and Torrey Pines.
Viktor Hovland ($9500) – Last week I said, “Viktor is due for a strong finish or a win in the near future.” The man finished 3rd last week at Workday. I’m telling you, he’s looking for that win and he’s only getting closer and closer. Last week he gained 15 strokes T2G, 6.2 strokes gained OTT, 6.5 on APP and 2.2 ARG. He hasn’t had a better performance in his career! The course will play a tougher this week, but I have no doubt in Hovland. Mark my words he’ll be a winner at Memorial or very soon.
Webb Simpson ($9600) – Webbie! I don’t know what it is with the Fantasy Golf community, but they don’t like playing Webb. Webb could be very sneaky, sure he’ll probably still drive 18% ownership, but since Tiger is playing we could see less traffic. What matters most in this course is approach and Webb is ranked 5th. The course is rather long, and Webb is not known to drive the ball 320 yards like Bryson, but what he lacks in distance he makes up for in everything else. He’s ranked 20th in Driving Accuracy, 16th in Putting, 9th in Greens in Regulation and 1st in Birdies.
Jon Rahm ($9300) – It almost pains you to play him, but I am extremely optimistic after what I saw on Sunday. Rahm finished on Sunday 27th, but what blew me away was his round 4. He gained over 6 strokes T2G, 5 strokes in Ball Striking, 4 strokes on Approach and nearly a stroke ARG. Mind you he hasn’t played this well since the break. I’m talking 4 events! The last time he matched this performance in a single round was at WGC Mexico & Farmers where he finished 3rd and 2nd. Rahm might have finally found himself.