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Memorial Tournament: Expert Picks

Tiger’s Back after a four month break

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide - Final Round Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

Tournament Information

Memorial Tournament
Date: July 16th – 19th
Course: Muirfield Village
Purse: $9.3MM ($1.7MM to winner)
FedEx points: 500 to winner
2019 Winner: Patrick Cantlay (-19)

Course

Muirfield - 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.

GOLF: JUN 03 PGA - the Memorial Tournament - Third Round Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

My Starting 4

Tiger Woods (1st selection this year) — Now that Woods has rejoined the ranks of the collective AND been called out by Justin Thomas, I imagine the past winner and more recent two time two time top 25 finisher here will fare well.

Joaquin Niemann (1st selection this year) — Niemann had a solid 31st finish last week at the Charity Open. Add that to his 6th and 27th place finishes he has had at Muirfield over the last few years. The 21 year old is 19th in FedEx rankings, he’s 29th in total strokes gained, 19th in strokes gained tee to green and 16th in strokes gained approaching the green.

Justin Thomas (3rd selection this year) — In 2017 and 2018, Thomas was lights out here, finishing 4th one year and 8th the next. Last year he saw considerable trouble (finishing 109th) but after a resounding effort last week where many assumed he would win at Muirfield, I feel confident we will see another strong performance from him.

Jordan Spieth (2nd selection this year) — Spieth is much like Thomas (aside from being friends) in that he also finished well two out of the last three years at Muirfield. He was 13th in 2017 and 9th in 2019 while he struggled in 2018 finishing 98th. He struggled a bit last week with a 86th result. Going back to last season, his last three missed cuts have all yielded a bounce back where he finishes in the top 25 the next week.

My Bench 2

Jason Day (2nd selection this year) — After finishing 83rd at the Rocket Mortgage Classic a few weeks ago, he finished 7th last week at the Charity Workday Open. He finished 15th at Muirfield two years ago. He’s since slipped to 44th and 102nd so that’s not as promising but he’s 3rd in strokes gained around the green and 27th in going for the green.

Hideki Matsuyama (2nd selection this year) — It all lines up for Matsuyama: two top 25 finishes over the last two tournaments coupled with two top 15 finishes at the Memorial over the last two years. He’s top 25 in both OWGR and FedEx rankings.

Fun Fact: The purse for this tournament has increased 50% over the last four years.


2020 Stats

Starting 4: Avg finish 47th (34th percentile)
Bench 2: Avg finish 63rd (45th percentile)