Tiger joins the fray at Muirfield Village GC for Jack Nicklaus' prestigious event
The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is set for July 16-19 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best Memorial Tournament lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Webb Simpson ($9,600)
The undercard is complete; now for the main event. After a thrilling finish at Muirfield in the Workday Charity Open, the PGA Tour stays put for a second week, and this one feels like a major. Jack Nicklaus is the host; Tiger Woods is playing for the first time since February; the tournament welcomes the top five players in the world (a first for the Memorial since 2016); and 26 of the 30 players who were at East Lake for the 2019 Tour Championship are in the field this week. Against a major-caliber field, it will take a special player to win, and Webb is just such a player. He has six top 10s in eight events this season; he leads the Tour in birdie average (4.97); he's sixth in Strokes Gained: Total and third in scoring average. His resume is virtually bulletproof, and he excels against elite fields, with a U.S. Open and a Players on his career ledger.
Tiger Woods ($9,000)
How perfect would it be for Tiger to break the tie with Sam Snead by winning No. 83 and then share a celebratory handshake (or fistbump, or elbow bump, or socially distant wave, whatever) with tournament host Jack Nicklaus? That tantalizing prospect is enough to get Tiger on our list this week. Oh, and there's also the fact that he's won this event five times and finished T9 here last year in his best performance of the year aside from a certain weekend in Augusta. The long layoff (he hasn't played a Tour event since February) is a concern, but he won the ZOZO after a two-month absence, and the time off is actually a godsend for his aging, aching body. A win this week might seem like a long shot, but nothing's shocking with Tiger.
Gary Woodland ($8,600)
Woodland is fresh off a tasty T5 at the Workday that featured some stellar work with the putter — no putts missed inside of 10 feet on Sunday. Not much not to like about the reigning U.S. Open champion, who has six top 10s in 12 starts this season and is ranked sixth in GIR, 22nd in SG: Putting, 10th in scoring and ninth in birdie average. The fact that he proved his Muirfield bona fides this weekend doesn't hurt, either.
Ian Poulter ($7,600)
Poulter joined Woodland in finishing T5 at the Workday. He's doing things the Poulter Way this season — he ranks fifth in SG: Putting, allowing him to overcome wayward drives and shaky irons. He also doesn't mind annoying everyone around him; he copped to ripping an audible fart for the cameras at the Travelers a few weeks ago. You do you, Poults.
Kevin Streelman ($7,600)
Streelman recently got a putting tip from noted wand-wielder Aaron Baddeley, and the result has been some beautiful rock-rolling in a pair of top 10s the last two weeks. He was second at the Travelers with four rounds of 67 or better, and a second-round 64 at the Workday propelled him to a T7 finish. That momentum makes him look like a bargain.
Harris English ($7,300)
An under-the-radar play who could pay off big one of these weeks. English goes about his business quietly and effectively — he's seventh in GIR, 10th in SG: Total and 12th in scoring, with five top 10s in 13 starts this season. A positive COVID-19 test a couple weeks ago has driven down his asking price, so we're banking on a return to health for this week.