Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for The Memorial 2022
Top DraftKings PGA DFS Plays for The Memorial 2022
Following the PGA Championship and Colonial is a fan favorite at the home of the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus. The 18-time major winner and living legend designed Muirfield Village in his hometown of Dublin, Ohio and founded The Memorial Tournament in 1976.
The 120-person invitational event will return to a par-72 setup that stretches to more than 7,500 yards on bentgrass greens and fairways. The defending champion is Patrick Cantlay, who also prevailed in 2019. It is noteworthy that Jon Rahm won here in 2020 and held a commanding six-stroke lead heading into Sunday last year, but was forced to withdraw when he tested positive for COVID-19.
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Muirfield Village Golf Club is a gem of a golf course and beloved by many Tour professionals. Tiger Woods took home The Memorial five times, including three-consecutive wins between 1999 and 2001.
It truly takes a great all-around performance to win on this track. Winning scores range between eight-under par and 20-under. The greens were recently given a complete overhaul, including added undulation and contouring. The players who excel here must putt well, in addition to striking the ball well with their entire bag.
Check out all of the superb data and advanced stats on the PGA Study Hub. The key statistics I used to build out my DFS player pool were Strokes Gained from Tee to Green (SG: T2G), Strokes Gained: Putting, and Par-5 scoring. The past two weeks have featured only two challenging par-5 holes apiece, but Muirfield Village sports four of them. All four will be uniquely challenging, but certainly still the best chances for birdies and eagles for this talented field. With birdies on the brain, let’s tee off.
Stick It Close: Studs to Target
Jon Rahm (DK: $11,100; FD: $11,900; Y!: $45)
The Rahm revenge tour returns to The Memorial, where the fiery Spaniard has unfinished business. His nearly-assured victory was snatched away on a technicality surrounding health and safety protocols. Rahm is a monster on this type of course. He has the length and precision to dominate from tee to green and putts extremely well on Bentgrass. The Cantlay victory last year certainly has an asterisk next to it. Rahm will look to hoist this trophy officially for the second time.
Hideki Matsuyama (DK: $9,200; FD: $10,800; Y!: $39)
Farther back in the annals of Memorial history, you can find the 2014 champion still walking these hallowed grounds and playing great golf. Matsuyama has not played well here the past two years. Before that, he was nearly a lock to be chasing the win on Sunday. Hideki is showing great recent form entering the week and would like to rekindle some fond memories at Muirfield Village. The only drawback for DFS purposes is that his salary is low enough to introduce a bit more chalk.
Sungjae Im (DK: $8,900; FD: $10,400; Y!: $37)
Im was very up-and-down last week at Colonial, but he certainly holds strong as a weekly DFS play. On one hand, the young Korean is an incredible ball striker and can make coveted birdies in bunches. On the other hand, he doesn’t always putt very well on Bentgrass greens. I’ll take my chances, especially when our data shows a projected roster percentage of 7.82%. Im is a wonderful high-upside leverage play this week.
Other Studs in My Pool: Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Cameron Smith, Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele, Cameron Young, Shane Lowry, Joaquin Niemann, Seamus Power, Mito Pereira
No Gimme: Tap-in Values
Billy Horschel (DK: $7,900; FD: $10,100; Y!: $38)
Billy Ho is a master of the short game. He also hasn’t been too shabby from tee to green this season. You would think that someone who putts so well on Poa greens would carry that over to Bentgrass, but Horschel is neutral strokes gained on this week’s surface. This is likely the reason for his depressed projected rostership (7.66%). I am looking at his three finishes of 13th or better in the last four years in this event. The course fits his eye and he is likely to be in contention.
Aaron Wise (DK: $7,500; FD: $8,800; Y!: $29)
Wise is just one of those young golfers that seemingly does everything well. His form this season has really come together. Wise sports excellent SG: T2G numbers and is neutral in putting on Bentgrass greens. I was also very impressed with his ninth-place finish at The Memorial last year. Wise is yet another high-upside leverage play with projected rostership under 8%. He is a screaming value on FanDuel.
Marc Leishman ($7,500; FD: $9,200; Y!: $32)
Right in line with wise is the elder statesman from Australia. The streaky nature of Leishman makes him very hard to trust in DFS, but goes right in line with the nature of the game itself. I will risk it for the biscuit. The Aussie has one top-five finish here, sandwiched between a few poor showings. His appeal this week has a lot to do with his putting and par-5 scoring. It is also noteworthy that Leishman is one of the best in the world at par-3 scoring, even if it wasn’t a focal stat this week.
Other Values in My Pool: Patrick Reed, Chris Kirk, Alex Noren, Cameron Davis, Lanto Griffin, Kevin Streelman, Adam Hadwin, Erik Van Rooyen, Matt Jones
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