Date: May 31 – June 3
Course: Muirfield Country Club
Purse: $8.9MM ($1.6MM to the winner)
FedEx points: 500 to the winner
2017 Winner: Jason Dufner (-13)
Course: Muirfield Country Club - Opened in 1974, this course is named after Muirfield Scotland. This par 72, 7,390 yard course is fun in that Jack will routinely tweak aspects to challenge golfers any time it is noted that they are cheating the layout. It is built and tailored for golfers to follow it through a journey with bunkers and hills forcing them into selected shots.
Marc Leishman (1st selection this year). The ONLY golfer with top 20 finishes each of the last three years here, Marc enters Muirfield with an up and down recent track record. His last 10 tournaments have included four top 10 finishes, two missed cuts and four finishes 30-60th. He is 26th in strokes gained approaching the green, 15th in strokes gained around the green and 32nd in strokes gained total. Those are good attributes at a course where you have to place your iron shots well.
Matt Kuchar (3rd selection this year). No golfer has had more success here over the last two years (4theach year). He finally missed a cut and snapped his streak during the AT&T Byron Nelson but even with that factored in he has two top 10’s and six top 30’s over his last 10 events. 47th in strokes gained putting, 59th in total strokes gained and 48th in scoring average.
Matt Kuchar made his 28th straight cut last week in San Antonio, the longest active streak on the PGA Tour. He's now just 114 made cuts away from tying Tiger's record.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) April 24, 2018
Tony Finau (2nd selection this year). 8th here in 2015, 11th in 2016 and 40th last year his track record is trending in the wrong direction but he is having a solid 2018 season. Currently 11th in Fedex Ranking and 35th in OWGR, he has top 25 finishes in six of his last seven. Additionally he is 35th in strokes gained off the tee, 29th in strokes gained approaching the green, 18th in strokes gained tee to green and 20th in total strokes gained. Outside of putting he is flying on all cylinders.
Patrick Reed (2nd selection this year). A 26th place finish in 2015 and 8th place finish in 2016, Patrick comes in with top ten finishes in six of his last seven tournaments. 33rd in strokes gained approaching the green, 4th in strokes gained around the green and 18th in total strokes gained.
David Lingmerth (2nd selection this year). 2015 winner has continued his success with a 27th place finish in 2016 and 15th place finish in 2017. He’s off four consecutive missed cuts hence the bench spot but he could bounce back (a la my Danny Lee pick last week!). A good low cost potential high upside pick
Jason Dufner (1st selection this year). The winner from last year has finished in the top 35 in each of the last three years here. His last ten tournaments include four missed cuts, three top 20 finishes and three between 40 and 65th place.
Which of the favorites (not already named) will do the best at the Memorial Tournament?
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2018 Stats (avg field of 131 golfers):
Starting 4: Average Finish 45th (34th percentile)
Bench 2: Average Finish 45th (35th percentile)
Missed cuts: average of 1.5 per tournament