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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 1:37 am    Post subject: The Memorial

• COURSE: Muirfield Village Golf Club, 7,392 yards, par 72. Both an homage to golf’s history and a showcase for current talent, Muirfield Village was built by Jack Nicklaus in 1974 and has become not only a favorite PGA TOUR stop, but an occasional stage for bigger events. Jack’s Place is the only venue to host all three of U.S. pro golf’s team match-play showcases – Ryder Cup (1987), Solheim Cup (1998) and Presidents Cup (2013) – and the U.S. Amateur paid a visit in 1992. With constant fine-tuning by Nicklaus and his design team, Muirfield Village consistently has ranked among America’s top 20 courses and the world’s top 50.

• FEDEXCUP: Winner receives 500 points.

• CHARITY: Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, which serves as primary supporter of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Additional donations spread across Central Ohio include James Cancer Hospital, Fore Hope and The First Tee of Central Ohio.

• FIELD WATCH: World No. 1 Jason Day, playing in his adopted hometown, is only the tip of a lineup that brings together the entire top five of the rankings and 21 of the top 30. No. 3 Rory McIlroy and No. 4 Bubba Watson both return after one-year layoffs. … Also returning after a year’s hiatus is Phil Mickelson, whose best finish was a tie for fourth in 2006. … Hall of Famer Ernie Els, who won the 2004 edition, makes his 23rd consecutive start at Muirfield Village. He owns five other top-8 finishes at Memorial, including runner-up in 2000. … Ethan Tracy, a former college teammate of defending champion David Lingmerth who grew up in nearby Hilliard, is in the field on a sponsor exemption.

• 72-HOLE RECORD: 268, Tom Lehman (1994).

• 18-HOLE RECORD: 61, John Huston (2nd round, 1996).

• LAST YEAR: Lingmerth prevailed in the Memorial’s longest playoff, twice staving off potential elimination to defeat Justin Rose with a par on the third extra hole. The Swede went bogey-free over his final 11 holes, using a closing 69 to book his spot in the playoff. It almost didn’t need to go extra holes, but Rose overcame a shank from a bunker on the final hole of regulation to squeeze out a tying par. The Englishman then dropped a 20-foot par putt on the first playoff hole that looked to be a winner until Lingmerth drained his 10-footer to match. Lingmerth also had to salvage par from a bunker on the second playoff hole before Rose found deep rough at the next. It was Lingmerth’s first PGA TOUR victory, coming in his 68th start.

• STORYLINES: Day, the PGA TOUR’s only three-time winner this season, will try to win his first in front of friends and wife Ellie’s family. Ellie Day grew up about an hour north of Columbus. It’s been a tough venue for Day, whose best finish at Muirfield Village was 27th in 2009. … McIlroy seeks to build on a victory two weeks ago at the Irish Open, winning his home event for the first time. He owns two top-10 finishes in five visits to Jack’s Place. … Lingmerth and Russell Knox are among 11 players coming to Muirfield Village after playing this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. … Stewart Cink makes his second consecutive start after taking five weeks off to help wife Lisa through initial stages of treatment for breast cancer.

• SHORT CHIPS: Johnny Miller, whose 25 PGA TOUR wins include a six-shot comeback to win the 1973 U.S. Open, is this year’s Memorial honoree. Wednesday’s ceremony also will honor John Garrity, longtime Sports Illustrated writer and author of more than a dozen books. … Six of the Memorial’s past 12 champions have been international players. Before that, just three of the first 27 came from outside the United States. … Just one man has ever won back-to-back Memorial titles: Tiger Woods, who claimed three straight from 1999-2001.
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2016 11:41 pm    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

Rarely does a year go by when Muirfield Village Golf Club doesn’t undergo noticeable and influential changes in preparation for its annual duty as host of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. It’s still the par 72 measuring 7,392 yards that we knew last year. However, this hasn’t been just any ol’ 12-month cycle in Dublin, Ohio.

It was announced in December that the existing partnership was extended six years through 2021. The winner of the tournament will continue to receive a three-year PGA TOUR exemption, while the total prize money has ballooned to $8.5 million. (It was $6.2 million in 2015.) It will increase by $200,000 in every edition throughout the term of the agreement. This week’s champion will earn $1.615 million, which is 19 percent of the purse, one percent more than winners of most other events.

When you think of scorable tracks on the PGA TOUR, Muirfield Village probably doesn’t crack your consciousness, but only the trio of host courses of the CareerBuilder Challenge in both 2014 and 2015 yielded a greater percentage of birdies or better when hitting greens in regulation. At 34.84 percent, Muirfield Village ranked fourth-highest. The rub is that it was 18th-hardest to total scoring opportunities last year at 63.49 percent (or 11.4 GIR per round), and that was a five-year high. Overall, the field averaged 71.738, which is an eight-year low.

The bentgrass greens average only 5,000 square feet, so with ample room off most tees and terrific looks to break par, proximity to the hole is at a premium. Furthermore, despite a deep, 120-man field, truly no one can be ruled out to contend since distance is usually manifested only when combined with accuracy on approach. This helps explain why Hideki Matsuyama (2014) and David Lingmerth (2015) emerged with their first TOUR titles in this invitational on this golf course.

Mother Nature may play a role early and late as rain and potentially thunderstorms are forecast on Thursday and Sunday. Winds may freshen by the time the finale rolls around. Seasonable temperatures will climb into the high 70s.

Jordan Spieth

Fresh off convincing victory in his home state of Texas. Tops on TOUR in adjusted scoring and birdies-or-better percentage. Closing 65 a field low en route to T3 here last year.

Hideki Matsuyama

Tied for fifth in his title defense last year. Actual scoring average in eight rounds here is 68.875. No worse than T11 in last four stroke-play starts.

Rory McIlroy

Took a week off after winning Irish Open. It fulfilled six months of numerous teases. Leads TOUR in par-5 scoring; third in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Three top 15s here.

Jason Day

Something will give. Muirfield Village member has fared no better than T27 in seven tries here, but he has seven wins in last 10 months, including in last start (THE PLAYERS).

Matt Kuchar

Strolls in with simmering form since THE PLAYERS: T3-3rd-T6. Winner here in 2013; seven top 10s at Muirfield Village since 2007. Third in adjusted scoring.

Bubba Watson

Quiet since runner-up at Doral, but T8 in China in April. Second on TOUR in strokes gained: tee-to-green. Solo third in last visit (2014) his only top 20 in nine attempts.

Patrick Reed

T15 at Colonial was his seventh top 15 of 2016. Eighth in the FedExCup standings on the strength of a TOUR-leading eight top 10s. T26 in Memorial debut last year.

Dustin Johnson

Top 20s in half of his eight appearances here, including a T13 last year. Top 15s in six of last seven starts this season. Slots second in birdies-or-better percentage.

Rickie Fowler

Love-hate record here was sparked by solo second in 2010, but 0-for-2 since 2014 and no top 35s in last four trips. Ranks second in par-4 scoring, fourth in par-5 scoring.

Daniel Berger

Can a PGA TOUR sophomore have a patented hot streak? If so, he’s on one with top 20s in six of his last seven starts. Wayward driving tendency not a problem on this track.

Bill Haas

Since 2013, he’s T4-T8-T18 at Muirfield Village, respectively, despite little to suggest that success upon arrival. Fittingly, he’s gone three starts without a top 40 before this week

Jason Dufner

Top 25s in both the last two weeks (T6, DEAN & DELUCA) and the last two editions of the Memorial. Currently 10th in greens in regulation and 15th in adjusted scoring.

Justin Thomas

Rested since field-low 65 in the finale of THE PLAYERS for a T3. All four of his top 10s this season are top-three finishes. Ranks T13 in par-5 scoring.

Francesco Molinari

Tied for third in his debut last year, the week after he placed T51 in Ireland. T55 last week at Wentworth. Shared seventh at TPC Sawgrass two weeks prior.

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 3:20 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

Jason Day 13-2 In Progress
Jordan Spieth 7-1 In Progress
Rory McIlroy 7-1 In Progress
Hideki Matsuyama 16-1 In Progress
Dustin Johnson 20-1 In Progress
Rickie Fowler 25-1 In Progress
Matt Kuchar 25-1 In Progress
Bubba Watson 27-1 In Progress
Phil Mickelson 40-1 In Progress
Patrick Reed 40-1 In Progress
Paul Casey 55-1 In Progress
Jason Dufner 55-1 In Progress
Daniel Berger 55-1 In Progress
Chris Kirk 60-1 In Progress
Russell Knox 60-1 In Progress
Charl Schwartzel 65-1 In Progress
Kevin Chappell 65-1 In Progress
Bill Haas 70-1 In Progress
Gary Woodland 70-1 In Progress
Marc Leishman 70-1 In Progress
Kevin Kisner 70-1 In Progress
Justin Thomas 70-1 In Progress
Kevin Na 75-1 In Progress
Charles Howell III 80-1 In Progress
Danny Lee 80-1 In Progress
J.B. Holmes 80-1 In Progress
Jamie Lovemark 80-1 In Progress
David Lingmerth 80-1 In Progress
Byeong Hun An 90-1 In Progress
Kyle Reifers 100-1 In Progress
Anirban Lahiri 100-1 In Progress
Jim Furyk 100-1 In Progress
Scott Piercy 100-1 In Progress
Rafa Cabrera Bello 100-1 In Progress
Thorbjorn Olesen 100-1 In Progress
Cameron Tringale 110-1 In Progress
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Webb Simpson 110-1 In Progress
Tony Finau 120-1 In Progress
Luke Donald 120-1 In Progress
Ryan Moore 120-1 In Progress
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Emiliano Grillo 140-1 In Progress
Brendan Steele 140-1 In Progress
Patton Kizzire 140-1 In Progress
Thomas Aiken 150-1 In Progress
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Ricky Barnes 150-1 In Progress
Spencer Levin 150-1 In Progress
Keegan Bradley 150-1 In Progress
Russell Henley 160-1 In Progress
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David Hearn 175-1 In Progress
Soren Kjeldsen 175-1 In Progress
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Daniel Summerhays 180-1 In Progress
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Robert Streb 200-1 In Progress
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Jason Bohn 200-1 In Progress
Jason Kokrak 200-1 In Progress
John Senden 220-1 In Progress
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Patrick Rodgers 230-1 In Progress
Ian Poulter 240-1 In Progress
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Sean OHair 240-1 In Progress
Kevin Streelman 240-1 In Progress
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Scott Brown 300-1 In Progress
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Ernie Els 300-1 In Progress
Zac Blair 300-1 In Progress
Hudson Swafford 300-1 In Progress
Angel Cabrera 300-1 In Progress
John Huh 300-1 In Progress
George McNeill 300-1 In Progress
Vaughn Taylor 300-1 In Progress
Fabian Gomez 350-1 In Progress
Brendon de Jonge 350-1 In Progress
Matt Jones 350-1 In Progress
Stewart Cink 350-1 In Progress
Peter Malnati 400-1 In Progress
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Mark Hubbard 400-1 In Progress
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Brendon Todd 450-1 In Progress
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John Hahn 450-1 In Progress
Ken Duke 550-1 In Progress
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Stuart Appleby 650-1 In Progress
D.H. Lee 750-1 In Progress
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Wes Homan 750-1 In Progress
Ethan Tracy 750-1 In Progress
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 4:36 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

The Memorial Tournament returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club with David Lingmerth as the defending champion. Lingmerth ousted Justin Rose in a playoff last season for his first PGA TOUR title.

This week marks the third consecutive week that a golfing legend is being honored, with Jack Nicklaus the man of the hour this week. Nicklaus is a native of Ohio and the designer of Muirfield Village.

Also coming to the forefront for many of the elite players is the U.S. Open. Many of those players schedule the Memorial Tournament as the final tune up before the season’s second major in two weeks. It’s likely that Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth each fall into that category.

The Course

Muirfield Village GC tips out at 7,392 and plays to a par of 72 with the expected diversification of par 3s, 4s and 5s. It has the expected traits of most Nicklaus designs. It is relatively long but lacks true teeth off the tees in terms of being penal. Thus, long drivers are rewarded over accurate ones.

One thing that does stand out about Muirfield Village is the bunkering. Of all the stops on TOUR, Muirfield Village has a reputation of being extremely difficult from the sand.

History Lesson

While Tiger Woods is nowhere to be seen on the grounds of Muirfield Village this week, he is very relevant. After all, he is a five-time winner. Any time that’s the case of a tournament in regards to Woods, one has to pause and think about what made Woods great relative to that tournament’s challenges.

Jumping off the page was TW’s ability to eat par 5s alive. With Muirfield Village offering four of those, expect that to be a major factor. He was also one of the best in the business at avoiding bogeys at all costs. Some attention should be given to guys who can avoid bogeys. That could be three-putt avoidance or it could be sand save percentage. Clearly, birdies on the par 5s and lots of pars on the other 14 holes will be key.

The past has also rewarded ball-striking over putting at this venue, for the most part.

Actually, when we stop and think of the collective strengths of the current top three in the world, Day, Spieth and McIlroy all fit the bill.


It bears pointing out that the pgatour.com website is now expanding the strokes gained composition of stats. Instead of just strokes gained: tee-to-green and SG: Putting, we now have SG: off-the-tee, SG: approach-the-green and SG: tee-to-green.

My initial digesting of those stats has produced the following thoughts:

Nothing changes with SG: Putting
With three different metrics feeding into SG: TTG, there is real value in looking for the weakest area of the SG: off-the-tee, SG: approach the green and SG: around-the green. For example, Gary Woodland’s SG:TTG is 1.087. That’s good for 17th on the PGA TOUR. He ranks 33rd in SG: off-the-tee and 15th in SG: approach-the-green, but 107th in SG: around-the-green at -.003. What I take from that is Woodland’s SG:TTG ranking is only of real value if there is not a heavy emphasis on short game at a course.
While I’m not ready to dive headlong into all of the SG categories quite yet, I’m monitoring it closely.

With all of this as the backdrop, let’s roll with this week’s power ranking!

1. Rory McIlroy – I’m a big believer of jumping on Rory when he’s hot, and he is just that right now. Counting his win at the Irish Open in his last start, he’s collected three top-four finishes in his last five outings worldwide. He’s also popped the top on one top five and two top 10s at Memorial in five tries.

2. Jordan Spieth – Last week’s winner at Colonial CC has shown steady progress in his brief history in the Memorial Tournament. After a T63 in his first trip, he posted a T19 as a sophomore and a T3 last year. In a bubble, his current form is a win and his last start at this course went for a T3. Not bad. Throw in a ranking of 12 in both strokes gained: tee-to-green (SG:TTG) and par 5 scoring average and we have a contender.

3. Hideki Matsuyama – Quite frankly, he’s your one-and-done selection this week if he’s available. All he’s done in eight rounds at Memorial is break par in every round and post a win in 2014 and a T5 in 2015. He’s also gone T7-T11-T7 in his last three starts.

4. Jason Day – An adopted Ohio resident, Day has never cracked the top 25 in seven attempts at Muirfield Village. That’s quite telling for a player of his caliber. That said, he’s the man right now. His victory at THE PLAYERS was his third in his last six starts, meaning he can’t drop any more than this.

5. Matt Kuchar – Strong current form, popping off a T3-T3-T6 run in his last three starts. Kuchar is a past champion here, and also counts a runner-up among his five top 10s and seen top 15s in 10 visits. In some ways, he could be considered the safest option in the field to make the cut and score a top 25.

6. Rickie Fowler – This is where things get complicated. Fowler gets the nod over a number of other quality candidates, but not by much. He does have a runner-up in the Memorial Tournament, but it came in his first trip back in 2010. It’s also his only top 20. He also missed the cut in his last start, but bagged a T4 just before. Class wins out in the end. He’s also sixth in SG:TTG and fourth in par 5 scoring average.

7. Dustin Johnson – Pretty good. Pretty good course history, with a fourth in 2011 as the lone top 10 to go with three other top 25s. Pretty good current form by his standards, with a T4-T28-T12 recent run. He’s horrible out of the sand, which could be the reason he’s only been in the hunt once in eight tries.

8. Chris Kirk – The last three times he teed it up and finished a tournament resulted in a T13-T5-T15 recent run. Throw in a T4 in 2014 in the Memorial and stats that show no real red or yellow flags for Muirfield Village and we have a valid contender.

9. Russell Knox – Before his missed cut at the BMW PGA across the pond last week, he went T2 (RBC Heritage), T19 (THE PLAYERS) and T2 (Irish Open). His only two visits to the Memorial Tournament saw him improve from a missed cut to a T18 last year. Similar to Kirk, the stats check out across the board.

10. Jason Dufner – His T6 at Colonial CC represents his first top 10 since winning the CareerBuilder Challenge in January. If we know anything about Dufner, it is that he can strike the ball and give himself birdie looks. He’s top 25 in both SG:TTG and proximity. He also has back-to-back top 25s at Memorial.

11. Webb Simpson – What do we do with Webb? In his T3 at Colonial last week, it appeared as if he’d figured out how to putt like a PGA TOUR professional again. He hits it close to the pin. He’s good out of the sand. He’s a solid 35th in SG:TTG. His T7 in 2011 represents his best effort at Muirfield Village.

12. Charl Schwartzel – The South African will be under the radar off a MC-T58-T25 PGA TOUR run. The pro is that he’s trending in the right direction. The other pro is that he has made seven of eight cuts in this event, with two top 10s and four top 25s.

13. Bubba Watson – It would appear that this would be a perfect spot for Bubba. Not so much, as his third-place finish in 2014 is his only top 20 in nine visits. While he’s known for being great on the par 5s, he’s a little less handy from the sand and with his proximity.

14. Phil Mickelson – He’s sporadic right now, with a MC-T4-MC run in his last three leading up to this. There’s also that little SEC distraction going on off the course. While the long history at Muirfield Village is very good, the more recent view has also been sporadic. Typical Phil, I wouldn’t be surprised if he won or if he missed the cut.

15. Tony Finau – Do we have any believers in karma out there? If so, the bomber is your guy. He has a new favorite fan after beaning a lady in the gallery last week and showing up at her doorstep with flowers and chocolate to check on her. Oh, and he tied for eight here last year.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

u welcome my friend always.I know i have posted the last 2 winners in the 8 players here for fantasy in garcia and spieth.this week will be tough because of so many starts in yahoo fantasy..so think maybe gotta try to pick players,and not have winner,and hope I win with points or hmm! one thing I hope that Hook,and yourself give your opinions here cause always respected!

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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:04 pm    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

First look

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio

Course specs: 7,392 yards, Par 72 (36-36), 5,000 square feet of putting surface, on average
Grass: Greens – Bentgrass; Rough – Kentucky bluegrass and fescue at 3 inches
Course architect(s): Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead (1974);
Purse: $8.5 million ($1.530 million, 500 FedExCup points)
Defending champion: David Lingmerth beat Justin Rose in a playoff to win for the first time on Tour.
Notes: 120-player, stroke-play event. … Top 70 and ties play the weekend. … Like Arnold Palmer Invitational, winner receives a THREE YEAR exemption on Tour …

Fact and figures

Played on the same course since day one, this is the 41st Memorial tournament.
There are plenty of multiple winners here, but Tiger Woods leads the way with five titles. Interestingly enough, Kenny Perry has three.
Woods is the only player to repeat, and he stretched it out to three in a row from 1999-2001.
Only nine internationals have won in the previous 40 editions but have won the last two years.
Matsuyama and Lingmerth are just two of six players to make the Memorial their first win in Tour. Add Justin Rose to that group to make it three of the last six winners.
There were only three playoffs in the first 38 editions. There have been two the last two years.
Since 2005, only Justin Rose has won by more than two shots.
Tom Lehman (268) set the tournament record in 1994, winning in his maiden voyage.
The course record is 61, set in 1996 by John Huston.
Kenny Perry, 47, was the oldest to win with his third and final victory.
Matsuyama was 22 two years ago and is the youngest.

Inside the ropes

The name Muirfield has been in the news lately but this week it’s Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio that will get all the headlines. Jack Nicklaus’ course and tournament that he created was named after the site of his first British Open victory but designed after the course at the major he won the most, the Masters.

Nicklaus wanted to create a course that would be similar to Augusta in beauty and difficulty plus host an event that would be a special place on the golfing calendar. He beat Pete Dye to the punch with amphitheater holes and mounding for spectators to take in the action.

The layout features multiple Nicklaus signature design elements. Generous fairways will allow the big dogs and little dogs to take a rip at it. As with most Nicklaus courses, the hole becomes increasingly difficult the closer to the hole and this week isn’t any different.

With greens averaging just 5,000 square feet, the premium iron players should have the advantage. Known as a second-shot course, finding the proper position below the hole will provide the best looks at birdie.

Errant approaches will find thick greenside rough and difficult bunkering so only the skilled short gamers will appreciate this challenge. Spieth and Woods have remarked over the last two years that these are the second-fastest greens on Tour after Augusta. Slick, smooth Bentgrass putters won’t hurt this week either! The list of winners here has plenty of great putters and great ball-strikers, as any good course should.

Par-5 scoring and par-breakers in general, won’t hurt this week as there will be bogeys made. There only have been 19 bogey-free rounds in the last three years and just four on the weekend the last two years. With a big field, a big host and big course, not too many pretenders sneak into the winner’s circle.

Players enjoy hitting driver and attacking par fives, and they’ll get both this week. Even the poorer putters don’t mind fast greens as long as the roll true, and that’s never a worry on this Bentgrass. Firm and fast should be on the cards this week as Dublin is well below average in rainfall, so the set-up is in the hands of the Golden Bear.

The field

In order of preference for this week and this tournament

Jordan Spieth: Every year gets better at Muirfield Village (T-63, T-19); closed with 65 last year for T-3; leads the Tour in birdie and scoring average; mint short game won’t hurt again this week with smallish, slicked up greens; won last week at Colonial.

Hideki Matsuyama: 2014 champ has never posted a round at par or worse in eight tries at Muirfield; T-5 last year after opening with 64; gains plenty of shots tee-to-green and even more in approach; like Spieth, makes a ton of birdies and torches par fours and fives; form not in question with T-11 at Wells Fargo and T-7 at The Players in his last two out.

Rory McIlroy: Won his tournament, the Irish Open, two weeks ago; first trip back since 2014 where he opened with 63 (T-15); destroys par fives and has been on point off the tee and into the greens; first in strokes-gained: off-the-tee and par five scoring average plus third in strokes-gained: tee-to-green.

Jason Day: Should be in the FADE column as the member and Columbus resident just doesn’t play well here; in seven tries, he has exactly four rounds in the 60s including ONE in the last four years (MC, T-41, T-37, MC). With three wins in his last six on Tour, this is EASILY his best run of form entering this event in the last five years. Hot golf is hot golf, so I’m in this week.

Matt Kuchar: Ah, that’s better. After a slow start, Kuchar is back to his maddening top-10 best with five top 10s in his last seven; 2013 winner uses his superior short game to stay out of trouble here; only one finish outside of the top 15 in his last eight tries here (T-26, last year); third on Tour in scoring average.

Patrick Reed: Plenty of pop off the tee should blend nicely with his premium short game this week; led the field in putts here last year and made 20 birdies in his maiden voyage (T-26) so he’s a quick learner; has made 14 of 16 cuts with a Tour-leading eight top 10’s.

Dustin Johnson: Only one top 10 in eight tries here but his current run of form (T-14 or better in six of his last seven) is the interest; sits top 10 in SG: total, SG: tee-to-green, birdie average and scoring average; made four doubles and 20 birdies here last year for T-13 so enjoy the ride!

Jason Dufner: Played the DFW 18-under with no rounds over par; Hit 75% of the small greens at Colonial last week and also holed putts; sat one back of the 36-hole lead (66-67) with a pair of doubles here last year before fading to T-24; T-19 in ’14.

Francesco Molinari: Posted top 10s (T-9) at Bay Hill and The Players (T-7); hasn’t missed in his last six worldwide; T-3 last year after a double on the 70th knocked him out of the potential playoff; made 20 birdies on the back of leading the way in fairways and greens.

Chris Kirk: Nothing outside of T-23 in his last six weekends played on Tour; T-4 in 2014 and six of his last eight here are under par; new sticks look to be broken in, and he can make birdies for fun.

Russell Knox: Pair of T-2’s in his last four worldwide; leads the Tour in GIR and is top 10 in fairways; T-18 here last year in his second trip included opening round 66 and closing 68, so he’s a quick study.

Kevin Chappell: Shot 68 in the final round in ’13 to fall second to Kuchar; MC last week included 68 on Thursday, so he’s not sliding; T-9 at RBC Heritage, T-4 at Valero and second at The Players are recent highlights on below-average sized greens; top 10 in approach and tee-to-green confirm that.

Daniel Berger: His last five on Tour include three top 10s and nothing worse than T-20; made eight cuts in a row dating back to early March; sits in the top 25 in strokes-gained: total and birdie average; big fairways should loosen up his shoes and send the confidence through the roof.

Rickie Fowler: Top 10 in too many categories to list so I’ll lean on those numbers instead of what he didn’t do at Augusta or The Players. Expectations for a non-major champ to win the Masters are silly. I’d point out that nobody has defended at The Players either so he’s hardly out of joint with 71-72, MC. As with Day, course form here the last five years includes nothing better than T-22 and he’s MC the last two years. Solo second in 2010 in his first try is the shining light.

Kevin Na: Backed up his playoff loss to Matsuyama with T-13 last year; 22 under in his last five rounds; closed with 64 in ’14 to force playoff; makes his money on par-3s and 4s which isn’t surprising as he sits seventh in strokes-gained: approach-the green; very solid putter won’t hurt on slick greens.

Next tier

Just missed; no particular order of preference

Paul Casey: Never missed in five tries; T-13 in ’14 last time here; closed with 68 on Sunday at The Players last time out; strength is tee-to-green so he’ll need some flat stick help to contend.

Gary Woodland: In Butch We Trust. Only MC once in 14 tries this season; next step is starting what he finishes after 67-68 at The Players (T-28) and 64-64 Friday-Saturday at AT&T Byron Nelson (T-12) his last two times out;

Charl Schwartzel: Another one I can’t figure out week-to-week; rattled off seven in a row here, including T-8 twice in ’13 and ’14 before MC last year; like Woodland, flickered in DFW for a couple of rounds in the two events but just hasn’t put four together since his win in Tampa.

Justin Thomas: Dropped 65 on Sunday at The Players to claim T-3; large off the tee and can score in bunches; wide-open fairways will bump his confidence up a notch.

Kyle Reifers: T-5 last week for the former Ohio State Buckeye makes a nice pair with his T-10 the week prior at AT&T Byron Nelson; T-25 in his last visit in 2012.

Spencer Levin: T-4 at Byron Nelson last time out; T-4 last time here in 2012; #Intersections

Marc Leishman: MC last year at TPC Four Seasons and finished T-5 here; MC this year at TPC Four Seasons so I’m not screwing that up again; five in a row here and each one better than the other for the Aussie.

Webb Simpson: Confidence from tee-to-green is not the problem here but rather the putter; stuck a new one in the bag last week and darn near won the golf tournament. I endorse riding hot players as calculated fliers.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello: U.S. gamers will point out his only MC in 2016 was at The Players after appearing in this section of the column. He’s made 11 of 12 cuts worldwide that include four top fives, five top 10’s and one finish outside T-22. First timer at Memorial.

Danny Lee: Opened with 63 at Byron Nelson (T-18) and T-22 last week at Colonial even though he made nothing on the greens.

Kevin Kisner: Couldn’t figure out where to stick him this week so right in the middle is probably fair. T-10 last week after a pair of 66’s highlighted his four rounds at Colonial; T-8 here last year and gets the benefit of the doubt of closing with three rounds in the 60’s last week.

Graham DeLaet: Was on “tour” last week in his native Canada promoting his new beer; where he finds time, with new twins, to drink and promote beer deserves mention in this column on that alone; fired 65 at TPC Four Seasons (MC) last time out and has plenty of power and precision to have a go this week.

David Hearn: Streak of T-28 or better in his last three at Memorial ended last year with MC; quietly going about making cuts and collecting checks with T-28 or lower in four of his last five on Tour.

Tony Finau: Love that he hasn’t bottomed out since winning in Puerto Rico in March; made four of his last six cuts, including the last two weeks; T-8 here last year in his debut.

Charles Howell III: No top 10s here but three of his last four have been T-31 or better. Not outstanding like his T-4 last time out at Byron Nelson.

Off the beaten path

Course horses, long shots, cheeky picks, DFS last call, red herrings, general mish-mash

Jim Furyk: If he was 100%, he’d be in the top five above, not down here. No problem using him as support staff this week but he’s still trying to find a rhythm, and this field is quite thick. The last seven years he’s made six cuts and nothing worse than T-21 and was T-5 last year.

Bill Haas: Made eight of 10 career including T-18 last year; first year in three outside the top 10; all four rounds last year still under par; 21-under the last three years during T-8, T-4, T-18 stretch but enters the week MC, T-43, T-47 from three May events brings doubt.

Ryan Moore: Three top 10s highlight nine cuts made from 10 starts including six in a row at Memorial; run contains five T-22 or better finishes and one top five; recent run on Tour is 10th, third, T-74, T-5, MC, MC, MC.

Patrick Rodgers: Opened 69-66 here last year on the wide fairways before fading to T-40.

Bud Cauley: Played the weekend his first two times here when he was healthy in ’12 and ’13; five events this year chasing a Major Medical Exemption have resulted in three top 25’s which includes T-4 at Byron Nelson last time out.

Harold Varner III: Played five weekends in a row on Tour with a pair of top 10s in that stretch; definitely has the length to eat on the par-5s but his putter will be severely tested on these greens.

Thomas Aiken: Sat nine-under par after three rounds last year before 76 on Sunday sank him to T-26; T-4 last week at Wentworth. Wonderful ball-striker.

Adam Hadwin: Made it six consecutive weekends last week at Colonial; T-22 last week the best finish in that run.

Johnson Wagner: Another who won’t mind a big landing area off the tee, he’s played his last seven weekends and made four of five career at Memorial.

Luke Donald: Four top 30s in his last six and has made nine of 10 career here. Super short game and wide fairways is usually a good combo for him.

Cameron Tringale: Played the last six weekends he’s teed it up but only one top 25.

David Lingmerth: Won it last year but only one top 25 in his last nine on Tour.

Anirban Lahiri: Never easy to back up a top 10 on a brand-new course but everything this season has been brand new. Super putter.

Scott Langley: His two best finishes this year are on big courses (TPC San Antonio, Quail Hollow); gave it a sniff here two years ago before 79 on Sunday wrecked his day.

Robert Streb: T-28 and T-18 the last two years; power player who’s a bit wild off the tee so no wonder why he likes it here.


Players to avoid and there’s plenty of them

Bubba Watson: Not sure why he wouldn’t have come back last year after T-3 in 2014. I’m never big on Watson when he’s not in a GREEN ZONE and one top 10 from nine starts here doesn’t qualify for me.

Phil Mickelson: T-65 last year. T-49 in 2014. All-or-nothing season will be focused on Memphis next week, where he plays well and obviously the career-grand slam at Oakmont.

Keegan Bradley: We’ve already been through this. We’ve already been through five other tracks where he’s had course form over the years. T-24 is his best finish in 2016. Not me.

Brian Harman: Hit the top 25 last week but has never shot better than 74 in three tries here. CONGRATS ON THE BIG WIN!

Brendon Todd: Course historians, please check out his 2016 on your own. It’s too hard for me to put into words.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:27 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

1. Jason Day, Australia -- It's hard to pick against a guy who has won seven of his last 17 tournaments, including the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and the Players Championship in his last start at TPC Sawgrass. He has three victories in his last six events this year and eight of his 10 PGA Tour titles have come in the two last seasons, as he has taken a firm grip on the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings. However, Day has yet to play well on his adopted home course at Muirfield Village, not far from his home in Westerville, Ohio. This is his eighth start in the Memorial and he has missed the cut three times, including last year, and his best result was a tie for 27th in 2009.

2. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- After some inconsistent performances earlier this year, McIlroy won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open that he hosted at the K Club by three strokes two weeks ago. It's not that he was playing badly, with six finishes in the top 10 on both major tours, he simply was unable to close the deal when he was in contention to win. Rory will be making his sixth start in the Memorial Tournament and his best result was solo fifth in 2011 after he shared the lead with an opening 66. The third-ranked player in the world also tied for 10th in 2010, and in 2014 again led after the first round with a 63, but followed with a 78 and eventually tied for 15th.

3. Jordan Spieth, United States -- Another player who won in his last start, Spieth seems to have put his final-round collapse at the Masters in the rear-view mirror after he birdied the last three holes to capture the Dean & DeLuca Invitational by three strokes, winning for the first time in his native Texas. It was the 22-year-old's second victory this season and eighth of his PGA Tour, giving him one more than Tiger Woods had at the same age, for whatever that's worth. Spieth will tee it up this week in the Memorial for the fourth time and last year he posted his best finish, a tie for third, closing with a 65 that left him two strokes out of the playoff in which David Lingmerth of Sweden defeated Justin Rose of England.

4. Hideki Matsuyama, Japan -- With all eyes on the top three players in the World Golf Rankings, Matsuyama can come into the Memorial a little under the radar even though he is enjoying a fine season and has had success in his first two starts at Muirfield Village. He claimed his second PGA Tour victory earlier this year in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, beating Rickie Fowler in a playoff, and has three top-10 finishes in his last five starts -- with his worst result in that span a tie for 18th. Matsuyama earned his first victory in the United States two years ago in the Memorial, beating Kevin Na with a par on the first playoff hole, and he tied for fifth last year in his title defense.

5. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Kooch has regained his knack for top-10 finishes, with three in a row and five in his last seven tournaments, including a tie for third in the Players Championship, and he has placed in the top 25 on 10 occasions this season. He loves Muirfield Village, with seven finishes in the top 15 in 10 starts, including one of his seven PGA Tour victories in 2012. Kuchar posted bookend 68s that year to finish two strokes ahead of Kevin Chappell, one year after he tied for second, closing with a 65 to wind up one stroke behind champion Steve Stricker. That came during a string of five top-10 finishes in the Memorial, as he tied for 10th in 2008, tied for fifth the next year and tied for eighth in 2010.

6. Rickie Fowler, United States -- There was talk at the start of the season that Fowler might join Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in a Big 4 this season, but Rickie has lagged behind, although by only a little. He won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European Tour and lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama in a playoff at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Fowler, No. 5 in the world, took the lead into the final round of the Memorial in 2010 but closed with a 73 to finish second, three shots behind Justin Rose of England. His best result in five appearances since was a tie for 22nd the following year, and he has missed the cut each of the last two seasons at Muirfield Village.

7. Dustin Johnson, United States -- DJ comes into the Memorial Tournament still looking for the victory that would give him at least one in nine consecutive seasons on the PGA Tour, or every one he has played. It has been a solid year for him thus far, with six top-10 finishes, including a tie for fourth in the Masters, but he needs to pick it up a notch or two with the big summer events approaching. His best result at Muirfield Village was solo fourth in 2011, when he closed with a 65, four strokes behind winner Steve Stricker. However, he does not have another top-10 finish in the tournament, posting his second-best result in seven other appearances last year, when he tied for 13th thanks to a 65 in the third round.

8. Bubba Watson, United States -- Trying to regain his form of a few months ago, Bubba tees it up at Muirfield Village, where he finally got a feeling for the course in 2014. He won the Northern Trust Open in February and tied for second in the WGC-Cadillac Championship a few weeks later, but has not finished in the top 25 in his last three events on the PGA Tour. Watson, No. 4 in the world, recorded a tie for eighth when he flew off to China for the Shenzhen International in April. After failing to finish in the top 10 in his first eight appearances in the Memorial, he took the lead to the final round two years ago, but a 72 left him third, one shot out of the playoff in which Hideki Matsuyama beat Kevin Na.

9. Jason Dufner, United States -- Finally playing like the guy who won the 2013 PGA Championship by two strokes over Jim Furyk at Oak Hill, Duf in February captured the CareerBuilder Challenge for his first victory since his only major title, and last week was in the hunt most of the way before tying for sixth in the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. He has four finishes in the top 10 and seven in the top 25 in his bounce-back season. Dufner will be making his fifth appearance in the Memorial Tournament, and after missing the cut in 2009 and 2010, he tied for 19th two years ago and was second after opening with 66-67 a year ago, but played the weekend in 74-75 and slipped to a tie for 24th.

10. Patrick Reed, United States -- Although he still is looking for his first victory of the season after claiming his first four PGA Tour titles in a span of 17 months from 2013 to 2015, Reed leads the PGA Tour with eight finishes in the top 10 for the 2015-16 season. He has been close, finishing second in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Valero Texas Open, powering him to eighth in the FedEx Cup standings, so he could be on the verge of breaking through. Reed played in the Memorial Tournament for the first time last year and was on the verge of a top-10 finish after playing the middle rounds in 68-68, but he shot 75 in the final round at Muirfield Village and slid to a tie for 26th.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

ok gang these are my 8 for fantasy i am going with.as far as tourney winner maybe here in the 8 players,but then tuff.as always gltall!

Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
Hideki Matsuyama
Rory McIroy
Franseco Mollinari
Russell Knox
Daniel Berger
Matt Kuchar

the pairing of spieth,justin thomas,and rory does not kinda make sense to me.the last time this happened spieth,and thomas made it personal between themselves,and also trying to bomb the ball to keep up with rory thus playing like crap. ideal pairing would have been Day,Spieth,and Rory why? would be great fun hmm.

now i hate to take golfers who won previous week so will be starting dustin johnson over spieth,but just in case dj screws up which i dont think so i got spieth hopefully for 4 rounds for safety cause well others like fowler,kirk,bubba,woodland etc.just cant trust here.

hard not to start Jason Day here,and i could be wrong,but even though he is a member here like they say his record here not to good.then again watch him win lol!

basically hard week to predict overall winner. I mean lingmerth wins last year,but were are you now.another reason I dont pick last years winners to repeat next year.so imo always take some dogs in golf.lots times dogs can be more hungry for a win.1 win in pga means lots oppurtunities for some time maybe at least 3 years.US open coming up in couple weeks,and those who have not qualified have this week,and bridgestone to do so.then again this is Jacks tourney,and even the favorites want to win hmm.gltall!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:14 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

GL POI on your fantasy guys....

I like our buddy (Hideki Matsuyama)

May bet Rory & kuchar too....gonna look at few more things
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:09 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

Golfers to Bet - The Memorial

Tournament: The Memorial Tournament
Date:Thursday, June 2nd
Venue: Muirfield Village Golf Club
Location: Dublin, OH

Jordan Spieth will be looking for his second straight tournament victory when the TOUR heads to Dublin for The Memorial Tournament on Thursday.

Spieth won the Dean & DeLuca Invitational a week ago and these golfers are now set to play at the 7,366-yard course in Ohio on Thursday.

The winner of this tournament was David Lingmerth a year ago and nobody that is in this year’s field has won this tournament more than once.

Tiger Woods has the most ever wins at this tournament, as he has taken first place at The Memorial Tournament five times. Woods is, however, still recovering from his back injuries and is out indefinitely.

With that out of the way, let’s now take a look at some of this weekend’s best value plays to win The Memorial Tournament:

Goflers to Bet

Jordan Spieth (7/1) - Spieth badly needed to earn himself a victory after a couple of collapses over the past few tournaments and he did that with a win at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational a week ago. Spieth shot a 17-under at the tournament and ultimately defeated runner-up Harry English by three strokes to win. He shot a 10-under over the final two rounds and will be hoping to carry that momentum into The Memorial Tournament on Thursday. He should really be able to play well at this course and is receiving some favorable odds at 7/1. Spieth is going to remain hungry this season, as he knows he let an opportunity to win The Masters slip away from him. He’s a good play as long as he’s getting odds like these.

Hideki Matsuyama (16/1) - Matsuyama has been playing very well coming into this event, as he has now tied for seventh at two of the past three tournaments. Those two tournaments were The Masters and THE PLAYERS, so he performed at a high level on a big stage as well. Not only is Matsuyama rolling coming into Thursday’s event in Ohio, he also happens to have some excellent history at The Memorial Tournament. Matsuyama won this event back in 2014, shooting a 13-under to defeat Kevin Na in a playoff. He’ll be looking to recapture some of that same magic on Sunday and is an excellent value play at 16/1.

Phil Mickelson (40/1) - Mickelson was lousy the last time he played in a tournament, failing to make the cut at THE PLAYERS in early May. He did, however, shoot a seven-under for a seventh place finish at the Wells Fargo Championship just a week before. He has had an up-and-down season thus far, but Mickelson is still one of the best golfers in the game and he is capable of winning tournaments whenever he gets hot. This is not one that he has won in the past, but he will be hungry to add The Memorial Tournament trophy to his collection. He’s got enough talent to make him a serious value play at 40/1 and is worth putting a unit or so on this weekend.

David Lingmerth (80/1) - Lingmerth isn’t a household name on the TOUR, but he does present some tremendous value coming into this tournament. He was the winner here in 2015, shooting a 15-under to defeat Justin Rose in a playoff. That type of performance does not happen by accident and he is getting some very favorable odds at 80/1 on Thursday. He is worth putting a unit or half-unit on, as he has familiarity at this course and that will help him when he tees off on Thursday. If he can find the game that won it for him last year then it would pay off huge for those who back him.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:10 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial


Yes, I'm aware that when alerting other golfers to a potentially wayward shot that it's spelled fore. But I'm saying "Four!" because I hit on my fourth winner of the 2015-16 golf season on Sunday with Jordan Spieth taking home the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Spieth's first professional win in his home state.

With the Dean & DeLuca being the final event in Texas this year, you know he wanted to end that drought badly. Spieth birdied the final three holes on Sunday -- none more unlikely than his chip in on No. 17 -- to shoot a final-round 65 and finish at 17-under 263, three shots ahead of second-place Harris English. Spieth had a ridiculous 24 putts on Sunday, including only nine on the back-nine. It was the first time a Texas-born player won at Colonial since Ben Crenshaw in 1990.

I think that Masters meltdown is behind Spieth now. It was the 22-year-old's eighth career win. Not even Tiger Woods had that many by his 23rd birthday; he had seven. Spieth might have a couple more by his 23rd, which is on July 27. The only player with more wins that young was Horton Smith with 14 from 1928-30. To be fair, it took Spieth 86 events to get win No. 8 and Tiger had 23 in his first 86 tournaments. Spieth has won six of the past seven times he has held the 54-hole lead. This year's Masters was the lone exception. Spieth had gone nine events without a win. His last was the Hyundai in Hawaii to open the season.

Spieth was the +650 favorite entering the tournament, so it's not like I exactly went out on a limb. I also got him at -165 for a Top 10. I liked Matt Kuchar (+110) and Zach Johnson (+200) for a Top 10. Kuchar was T6 and Johnson T17. Head-to-head, my winners were Spieth (-160) over Adam Scott (+125), Johnson (-140) over Kevin Chappell (+110), Kuchar (-140) over Charley Hoffman (+110), Patrick Reed (-130) over Louis Oosthuizen (even), and Jimmy Walker (-115) over Colt Knost (-115). So a pretty fine week indeed.

This week, the Tour heads to Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. I really thought Tiger Woods might return this week as he has won this event five times, likes the course and reveres Nicklaus. But he's still not healthy enough to play and now I highly, highly doubt he will go in the U.S. Open in two weeks. ESPN analyst Andy North did say on Friday that Woods gave strong consideration to competing in the Memorial but eventually decided against it. Woods has entered the U.S. Open and did so with the British Open last week, but that's just procedural. I'd be even more shocked if he played in the British as all that travel can't be good for his back.

Jason Day, Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the world's top 3 in that order, are all playing. And they all won their most recent tournament. That's pretty cool. I'm a bit surprised Spieth is playing, to be honest. He was very emotional on Sunday and I thought he could pull out. If Nicklaus wasn't the host, he probably would have. For many guys, this will be their final tuneup for the U.S. Open. Day hasn't played since winning the Players Championship a few weeks ago. He now has a home in the Dublin area as his wife is from about an hour north of there.

Perhaps the most unlikely Memorial winner ever was last year's champion, Sweden's David Lingmerth. He and Justin Rose finished regulation tied at 15 under -- Rose had to get up-and-down from 55 yards on the 72nd hole to force the playoff. Lingmerth would win on the third extra hole for his first PGA Tour victory. Rose lost a three-shot lead at the start of the final round and closed with a 72. Lingmerth is an +8000 long shot to repeat as he has only one Top 10 in 16 events this season. The only player to repeat here was Tiger winning three in a row from 1999-2001.

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Day and Spieth are both +650 to win at Bovada. Day has a terrible track record in the event. His best finish was 27th in 2009 and he missed the cut last year. Spieth was third here last year, his best result at the event. I am not high on him this week, as I think he's spent.

McIlroy is +750. It's his first PGA Tour event since the Players, but McIlroy won the tournament he hosts, the Irish Open on the European Tour, on May 22. He eagled the final hole and beat out Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge by three. McIlroy had failed to make the Irish Open cut since 2012 and his previous best was seventh place in 2008. In a very classy move, McIlroy donated his full $750,000 winnings to charity.

Hideki Matsuyama (+1800) and Dustin Johnson (+2000) round out the favorites. Matsuyama won here in 2014, beating Kevin Na in a playoff. Johnson has a best result of fourth here in 2011. He was T13 last year.

PGA Tour Picks: Memorial Tournament Expert Betting Predictions

I hate to doubt Day because I did at the Players too, where he had a bad track record, but I don't like either him or Spieth for a Top 10. Steer clear of Rickie Fowler (+175) as well as he has missed the cut here the past two years. I do like McIlroy (-150), Matsuyama (+160) and Kuchar (+160), who won here in 2013 and was second in 2011.

Head-to-head, go with McIlroy (-105) over Day (-125), Matsuyama (+150) over Spieth (-190), Johnson (-110) over Fowler (-120), Kuchar (-120) over Bubba Watson (-110), and Patrick Reed (-130) over Phil Mickelson (even). Lean McIlroy (-110) as top European, Ernie Els (+500) as top South African and Matsuyama (-150) as top Asian.

Matsuyama is my pick to win his second time here. He followed up that 2014 victory with a T5 last year. Matsuyama comes off a T7 at the Players.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:47 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

gang i know i put spieth in my lineup for fantasty,but i replace with day.for one spieth won last week,and dont like to pick winners from week before.from what i have read seems day is on a mission for whatever worth.guess i bite!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2016 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: The Memorial

There’s no questioning the fact that Day, Spieth and McIlroy have been playing on an extremely high level of late.

Day, the current No. 1 who already has three wins this year, admitted there's a benefit to having Spieth and McIlroy pushing him for the top spot in the world.

"I heard a couple of weeks ago that it bothered Jordan that I was winning tournaments and have the No. 1 spot in the world -- and it should," Day said on Tuesday. "It should bother guys who are competitive and want to stay on top, as well. There's nothing wrong with being bothered by that.

"I hope it motivates them just as much as it motivates me to see other guys on top of the world and winning tournaments. That's just how some guys are pushed. I know I'm pushed that way, as well, when I see Rory or Jordan on top of the world. I want to do that."

DUBLIN, Ohio — No one will mistake Jason Day and his Australian accent for a native Ohioan, but this week's Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide has become a yearly home game for the Aussie since he and wife Ellie — who's from Lucas, Ohio — moved from Fort Worth, Texas to a Westerville, Ohio in 2011.

But this year's home game will be different from the one's Day has experienced in the past.

For the first time in his career, he arrives at Muirfield Village Golf Club as the top-ranked player in the world, having won three times in his last six TOUR starts, including a wire-to-wire victory at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Day is used to the ticket requests and having family and friends in the gallery during the tournament week, but he had a first-hand experience on Monday what it's like to play in your own backyard as No. 1.

"I was out here yesterday playing a quick nine holes and signing autographs for 30 to 45 minutes," Day said. "That's not a bad thing. Obviously, if they weren't coming up to me, that would be a bad thing.

"But it just comes with the territory, and you've got to understand that now, since I'm the No. 1 player in the world, I have to kind of plan those accordingly into my day."

To deal with the day-to-day requests, Day has made it a point of emphasis to schedule his year out in advance and stick to it, choosing events "he's going to be competitive in."

Spreading out his starts has allowed him to stay fresh this season and avoid the usual wear and tear on his body that's been an issue for him in the past.

"There's nothing wrong with playing a lot," Day said. "For me, if I play less, it kind of pushes you into a corner, where you're like, crap, I need to go out there and play well now because I'm only playing a limited schedule because that's what I feel like I need to do to play well and win."

So far, the limited schedule has been a success. He's only missed one cut in 10 starts and hasn't finished outside the top 25 in the other nine events.

With his schedule under control, Day has his sights set on figuring out Muirfield Village, a course that's left him befuddled years. His best finish is a T27 in 2009, which is surprising when you consider he plays Muirfield a couple times a week when at home.

Day believes he's pinpointed the reason for his mixed results in the past, which comes from being too aggressive — especially off the tee — on a course that rewards patience and shot placement.

"I typically play this course when I'm playing in a social round, and I play it very aggressive," Day admitted. "I'm hitting driver off most tees or taking lines that you wouldn't take, and then I kind of turned that into the actual tournament, and I'm taking similar lines, and you just can't do that."

This year Day said the plan is to stick to a more conservative approach, in hopes of avoiding the big numbers that have plagued his scorecard in previous years.

"I think this year is more about taking more conservative lines off tee or conservative shots, maybe throttling back a little bit here or there."

His conservative approach could include laying back with an iron off the tee and not cutting the corner on Nos. 5 and 11, two par 5's he's typically gone for in the past.

The conservative approach goes against the way Day typically attacks a course — he prefers to overpower it with his length — but after years of missing the cut or finding himself out of contention on Sunday, the Aussie said it was time for a change.

He believe his new mindset, combined with his strong form of late, have him primed for a big week.

"I just feel different this year," Day said, "and I'm hoping for a better result."
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