The Memorial 7.16.2020

We finally saw a more normal looking leaderboard last week, but there were still only around 3-4% of lineups with all 6 in the cut. I guess that’s the new normal now. We are staying at Muirfield Village for the 2nd week in a row, but the course should play much more difficult this week than last. Don’t expect to see long birdie putts like we saw in the playoff (which was insane) as the greens are much firmer, making strong iron play even more important this week. We saw great ball strikers crush this course last week, so there’s a decent chance we see the same once again. This field is stacked so we should be in for a great week of golf.

For DFS Golf, the most important thing is making the cut. For most tournaments, having everyone in your lineup make the cut almost guarantees you a profit, barring an insane weekend collapse. There are certain golfers that are consistent cut-makers, while others are hit or miss and can miss the cut or win the whole thing. It’s important to know what type of lineup you are building, either cash or GPP, so you know which type of golfer you want to target.

Draftkings Scoring

Per Hole Scoring
Double Eagle or Better+13 Pts
Eagle+8 Pts
Birdie+3 Pts
Par+0.5 Pts
Bogey-0.5 Pts
Double Bogey-1 Pt
Worse than Double Bogey-1 Pt
Streaks and Bonuses
Streak of 3 Birdies or Better {Max 1 Per Round}+3 Pts
Bogey Free Round+3 Pts
All 4 Rounds Under 70 Strokes+5 Pts
Hole In One+5 Pts
Tournament Finish Scoring
1st+30 Pts
2nd+20 Pts
3rd+18 Pts
4th+16 Pts
5th+14 Pts
6th+12 Pts
7th+10 Pts
8th+9 Pts
9th+8 Pts
10th+7 Pts
11th – 15th+6 Pts
16th – 20th+5 Pts
21st – 25th+4 Pts
26th – 30th+3 Pts
31st – 40th+2 Pts
41st – 50th+1 Pt

The largest difference for Fanduel is the bonuses, which are similar, but more rewarding than on Draftkings. Most importantly, instead of needing a streak of 3 birdies, you only need 5+ birdies for the whole round. These bonuses really add up so we want guys that can rack up birdies to take advantage of the 5+ birdies and streak points.

Fanduel Scoring

Eagle (Or Better)7
Birdie3.1
Par0.5
Bogey-1
Double Bogey (Or Worse)-3
Streak Bonus (2 Holes in a Row Under-Par)0.6
Bounce Back (Hole Under-Par After Hole Over-Par)0.3
5+ Birdies Or Better (1 Round)4
Bogey Free Round5
1st place30
2nd place20
3rd place18
4th place16
5th place14
6th place12
7th place10
8th place8
9th place7
10th place6
11th-15th place5
16th-20th place4
21st-25th place3
26th-30th place2
31st-40th place1

Much like NASCAR, the most important thing is finishing position, as a high finish generally means a good number of birdies and low bogeys to go along with the placement points. The top guys are always a threat to win, so it is important to find the cheaper guys who can outplace their salary. There are multiple ways to build a lineup so you need to decide if you want to balance cheap and expensive guys, or if you want to go safer with all mid-end golfers. The first composition is great for GPPs, while the latter is more cash-oriented, but any lineup for PGA has potential to win any contest. 

Each player’s tee times have been included alongside their site salaries and betting odds to win. Tee times aren’t as important this week as there is supposed to be a lot of wind throughout the day, but the earlier players should see a little less than the PM waves.. This doesn’t mean that afternoon players are unplayable, but they are at a slight disadvantage.

NameDraftkings SalaryFanduel SalaryThurs. Tee Time (EST)Fri. Tee Time (EST)Odds
Bryson DeChambeau11100120008:06 AM1:06 PM10/1
Justin Thomas10900119008:17 AM1:17 PM12/1
Rory McIlroy10700118001:17 PM8:17 AM14/1
Dustin Johnson10300115008:17 AM1:17 PM14/1
Collin Morikawa10000113008:06 AM1:06 PM24/1
Patrick Cantlay9800116008:06 AM1:06 PM14/1
Webb Simpson96001110012:44 PM7:44 AM25/1
Viktor Hovland9500111007:55 AM12:55 PM25/1
Hideki Matsuyama9400109007:55 AM12:55 PM22/1
Jon Rahm93001140012:55 PM7:55 AM20/1
Xander Schauffele9200108008:17 AM1:17 PM28/1
Brooks Koepka9100107001:17 PM8:17 AM28/1
Tiger Woods9000106001:17 PM8:17 AM18/1
Justin Rose890099001:06 PM8:06 AM55/1
Rickie Fowler8800103001:06 PM8:06 AM40/1
Daniel Berger8700102001:28 PM8:28 AM40/1
Gary Woodland86001010012:44 PM7:44 AM40/1
Abraham Ancer850099007:55 AM12:55 PM40/1
Patrick Reed8400100008:17 AM1:17 PM50/1
Tony Finau8300980012:55 PM7:55 AM60/1
Sungjae Im8200950012:33 PM7:33 AM75/1
Matthew Fitzpatrick810096007:11 AM12:11 PM70/1
Matt Kuchar8000980012:44 PM7:44 AM75/1
Jason Day800098008:28 AM1:28 PM50/1
Joaquin Niemann790097007:44 AM12:44 PM66/1
Paul Casey7900960012:33 PM7:33 AM80/1
Sergio Garcia7800970012:55 PM7:55 AM70/1
Marc Leishman7800950012:33 PM7:33 AM75/1
Jordan Spieth770094007:44 AM12:44 PM80/1
Byeong Hun An770091007:00 AM12:00 PM100/1
Kevin Streelman760093008:28 AM1:28 PM70/1
Ian Poulter760093007:55 AM12:55 PM100/1
Doc Redman7600910012:00 PM7:00 AM125/1
Billy Horschel7500940012:44 PM7:44 AM80/1
Rory Sabbatini7500890012:00 PM7:00 AM125/1
Kevin Kisner750092007:33 AM12:33 PM75/1
Adam Hadwin740092001:39 PM8:39 AM100/1
Corey Conners740090001:28 PM8:28 AM125/1
Cameron Champ740088007:44 AM12:44 PM150/1
Matthew Wolff740089007:55 AM12:55 PM110/1
Harris English730090001:50 PM8:50 AM125/1
Bubba Watson730088007:44 AM12:44 PM125/1
Louis Oosthuizen730086007:00 AM12:00 PM150/1
Phil Mickelson730086001:06 PM8:06 AM125/1
Scottie Scheffler720087007:22 AM12:22 PM125/1
Keegan Bradley720085007:33 AM12:33 PM175/1
Shane Lowry720089001:06 PM8:06 AM125/1
Kevin Na7200880012:44 PM7:44 AM125/1
Lucas Glover7100870012:22 PM7:22 AM125/1
Brendan Steele710083007:22 AM12:22 PM200/1
Brian Harman710084001:39 PM8:39 AM150/1
Joel Dahmen7100830012:22 PM7:22 AM200/1
Harold Varner III7100850012:00 PM7:00 AM150/1
Sepp Straka700085007:00 AM12:00 PM125/1
J.T. Poston700086008:28 AM1:28 PM150/1
Danny Willett700087007:33 AM12:33 PM150/1
Matt Wallace700084007:22 AM12:22 PM150/1
Erik Van Rooyen7000820012:11 PM7:11 AM200/1
Nick Taylor690080001:28 PM8:28 AM250/1
Brendon Todd690084001:06 PM8:06 AM175/1
Ryan Moore690080007:22 AM12:22 PM200/1
Alex Noren690082007:11 AM12:11 PM175/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello6900800012:00 PM7:00 AM200/1
Jason Kokrak6900810012:22 PM7:22 AM200/1
Max Homa680083007:33 AM12:33 PM175/1
Maverick McNealy6800810012:11 PM7:11 AM200/1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout680082001:39 PM8:39 AM200/1
Patrick Rodgers680082008:39 AM1:39 PM175/1
Lanto Griffin6800790012:44 PM7:44 AM200/1
Chez Reavie670083001:17 PM8:17 AM200/1
Zach Johnson670081001:06 PM8:06 AM200/1
Mark Hubbard670079007:11 AM12:11 PM225/1
Emiliano Grillo6700800012:22 PM7:22 AM200/1
Mackenzie Hughes6700790012:11 PM7:11 AM200/1
Cameron Smith670075008:06 AM1:06 PM300/1
Troy Merritt660081008:06 AM1:06 PM225/1
Bud Cauley6600770012:11 PM7:11 AM275/1
Graeme McDowell660074002:01 PM9:01 AM300/1
Charles Howell III660076008:06 AM1:06 PM250/1
Bernd Wiesberger660079008:50 AM1:50 PM250/1
Dylan Frittelli660074002:01 PM9:01 AM300/1
Talor Gooch650078001:39 PM8:39 AM250/1
Jim Furyk650078001:17 PM8:17 AM200/1
Jason Dufner650077001:28 PM8:28 AM250/1
Sebastian Munoz650073008:17 AM1:17 PM350/1
Hao-Tong Li650076008:50 AM1:50 PM250/1
Brian Stuard6500750012:11 PM7:11 AM275/1
Vaughn Taylor650073008:39 AM1:39 PM350/1
Matthias Schwab640077008:50 AM1:50 PM200/1
Carlos Ortiz640075007:00 AM12:00 PM300/1
Ryan Palmer6400780012:55 PM7:55 AM250/1
Scott Piercy640073007:44 AM12:44 PM350/1
Adam Long640073001:28 PM8:28 AM300/1
Si Woo Kim6400750012:33 PM7:33 AM300/1
Danny Lee6400720012:00 PM7:00 AM350/1
Henrik Norlander6300770012:22 PM7:22 AM250/1
Branden Grace630078007:22 AM12:22 PM225/1
Tyler Duncan6300760012:55 PM7:55 AM275/1
Andrew Landry630076007:44 AM12:44 PM275/1
Harry Higgs630072008:39 AM1:39 PM350/1
Charl Schwartzel630071001:39 PM8:39 AM400/1
Wyndham Clark630072007:11 AM12:11 PM350/1
Victor Perez6300700012:22 PM7:22 AM500/1
Matthew NeSmith6200740012:00 PM7:00 AM300/1
Tom Hoge620074007:00 AM12:00 PM275/1
C.T. Pan620071008:39 AM1:39 PM400/1
Sung Kang620071007:33 AM12:33 PM400/1
Jazz Janewattananond620071001:39 PM8:39 AM400/1
Nate Lashley620070007:33 AM12:33 PM500/1
Jimmy Walker6200700012:33 PM7:33 AM400/1
Keith Mitchell620070008:17 AM1:17 PM500/1
Stewart Cink610072007:55 AM12:55 PM350/1
Andrew Putnam610070001:17 PM8:17 AM500/1
Denny McCarthy610070001:50 PM8:39 AM600/1
David Lingmerth610070008:39 AM1:39 PM750/1
William McGirt610070008:28 AM1:28 PM500/1
Ernie Els6100700012:33 PM7:33 AM750/1
Zac Blair610070007:22 AM12:22 PM600/1
Bo Hoag610070008:50 AM1:50 PM750/1
Kevin Tway610070001:28 PM8:28 AM600/1
Steve Stricker6000700012:55 PM7:55 AM500/1
Jason Scrivener600070008:50 AM1:50 PM500/1
Xinjun Zhang600070007:00 AM12:00 PM750/1
Scott Harrington6000700012:11 PM7:11 AM500/1
Andy Ogletree600070001:50 PM8:39 AM1000/1
K.J. Choi600070007:11 AM12:11 PM750/1
Carl Pettersson600070008:50 AM1:50 PM1000/1
Jim Herman600070008:28 AM1:28 PM750/1
Peter Kuest600070001:50 PM8:39 AM750/1
Vijay Singh600070008:28 AM1:28 PM750/1
Luke List650084007:11 AM12:11 PM

Players have been separated by site due to salary differences and ease of lineup construction. Everyone listed below is playable on both sites, but some of them make more sense on one site than the other. Even if you only play on one site, make sure to pay attention to all of the picks below.

Draftkings

Top Tier:

There are a few golfers that are playable every week, and Patrick Cantlay is certainly near the top of that list. Cantlay has made all 8 cuts this season with 7 top-20s in a row, and he has also finished 7th, 1st, 4th in his last 3 appearances at Muirfield. It’s hard to look past him this week, especially at a discounted Draftkings price. We saw Viktor Hovland finish 3rd here last week despite losing strokes putting (as usual), and if he can finally figure out the putter he should once again find himself at the top of the leaderboard. He is trying out new irons this week to help with the firmer greens, but that shouldn’t have too much of an effect on a world-class ball striker like Hovland. Another top tier ball striker who finished well here last week is Xander Schauffele, coming off his second 14th place finish in a row at Muirfield. He did gain strokes putting which isn’t a common occurrence for Schauffele, but his iron play is so good that he can contend every week; in 13 events this season, Schauffele has 11 top-25s. It’s hard to be more consistent than that.

Upper-Mid Tier: 

The first name that sticks out in this tier is Daniel Berger who is looking for not only his 6th top-10 in a row., but 5 top-5s in a row as well. This is a stacked field, but Berger is as hot as anyone in the world right now and seems a bit underpriced this week. While he hasn’t been the most consistent player this season, Rickie Fowler now has back-to-back top-25s and has 4 straight top-25s at Muirfield. He is one of the more inconsistent players in this range, but he is definitely comfortable at this course and could find himself near the top of the leaderboard if his iron play is better this week than last. Matt Kuchar was an appealing pick last week here and was really paying off before struggling on the weekend and finishing in 39th. He is once again in play as he is a model of consistency on Tour and is always a top-25 threat, which would be ideal at his price this week.

Lower-Mid Tier: 

It’s surprising to see him this cheap, but Paul Casey is one of the more consistent options you’ll see here, having made all 8 cuts this season. He only has one finish outside the top-40 in those starts, making him one of the more attractive options in this range. Speaking of cut-makers, Adam Hadwin has made 11 of 12 cuts this season, including all 4 since the PGA restart. His placements aren’t always the best, but his usual top-40 finish is good enough for his price. Another player who has been making cuts this season is Harris English, who has made 11 of 13 so far with 4 top-20s in his last 5 appearances. English did miss his first cut since the return, but he bounced back with a 17th place finish the week after, so we’ll have to see if he can continue that into this week. 

Value Plays:

In a field as tough as this one it’s tough to see many cheap guys doing all that well, but if you want to pay up for the top guys, this range is necessary. Lucas Glover jumps out immediately here thanks to 4 straight top-25s since the Tour’s return, making him a great option if you need salary relief. This is a much tougher field so another great finish isn’t a guarantee, but Glover is one of the “safest” options down here. Max Homa got a big price drop after missing the cut by one stroke here last week, so a bounce back is definitely possible since his putting woes won’t be as important with everyone likely to struggle on the greens this week. Homa has missed 3 of 4 cuts since the break after making 9 straight cuts beforehand though, so maybe something is just off with his game right now. If you are looking for upside in this range, Christiaan Bezuidenhout is an appealing pick. In 6 PGA Tour starts this season, he has 4 top-30s and 2 missed cuts, making him a solid boom-or-bust type of play this week. 

Fanduel

Top Tier:

Much like Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau has become a threat every single week and it’s a tough decision to play him or fade him every time. He is looking for his 8th top-10 in a row and at this point he is pretty much course proof, but he is very expensive and I’m not sure you need to go up there in a stacked field like this. I did say that last time he played and he made me eat my words by winning, but this is a much better field with a ton of contenders. It’s rare seeing Rory McIlroy at the very top, and even more rare for him to be the third most expensive golfer. Everyone knows that he is the best golfer in the world when he’s on, making him a solid GPP play with more attractive options around him. McIlory is always a threat to win and he could go under-owned here after a couple disappointing (for him) recent placements. Much like Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama lost strokes putting last week and still finished well, so if he can figure things out on the green he should also be able to contend on the weekend. The greens are going to be very fast this week, making it difficult for everyone to putt, so he may not be at as much of a disadvantage now.

Upper-Mid Tier: 

When looking for good ball-strikers, Abraham Ancer jumps out after his crazy 90% GIR at the RBC Heritage. He has 3 straight top-15s and another is definitely in play this week, which would be great at his price. Gary Woodland finished 5th here last week thanks to a driver change, and his approach game should lead to another strong finish here once again. His putter was a big reason for his finish last week which worries me a little, but he is one of the better putters on Tour so there shouldn’t be too much regression this week. I initially wasn’t a huge fan of Tony Finau coming into this week, but he looks very comfortable on this course after a fantastic performance in the Nationwide Challenge yesterday. He is a pretty inconsistent golfer, but has huge potential at a fairly low price this week.

Lower-Mid Tier: 

Much like Paul Casey, Matthew Fitzpatrick seems underpriced this week after missing only 1 cut in the past year+ which was most likely attributed to his caddie change. Fitzpatrick had Bones on his bag here last week which resulted in a 27th place finish, and another week with him could result in an even better placement. 2 value plays I liked going into last week were Ian Poulter and Kevin Streelman, who finished 5th and 7th respectively, and I like them here once again. I am a little worried about a repeat performance from them since they putted so well last week, but both of them are solid putters (especially Poulter) so I could see another solid performance from both of them once again in a price range that is full of uncertainty.. 

Value Plays:

For value on Fanduel, I will be looking at guys who played well here last week and are still fairly cheap. Nick Taylor, Brendan Steele, and Keegan Bradley all looked good last week while each having one blowup round, so they could all be great value options if they can avoid another blowup. All 3 of these guys lost strokes putting for the week, which shouldn’t be as much of an issue this week.

Risky Plays (Either site):

He’s back! Tiger Woods will be making his first start since the Tour’s return and it comes at a location of many great moments in his career. Woods has fantastic history here, but it worries me that he hasn’t played since February, making him a risky play this week. Jon Rahm is always a threat to win, but he just hasn’t looked good since the break with a missed cut and a best finish of 27th in 4 events. He looked good in the Nationwide Challenge yesterday so maybe he can get back on track here, but he should be saved for GPP’s only until we see more consistency from him. Brooks Koepka was very up-and-down here last week, with a +5 score through his first 9 on Thursday before going -6 in his last 10 holes on Friday to barely miss the cut by 1 stroke. If he can start this week how he finished the last, he can contend here, but another start like last week’s will see him going home early once again.

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