The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is set for June 3-6 at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup for this prestigious event that is hosted by Jack Nicklaus. 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:
Jon Rahm ($11,100)
The defending Memorial champion has been a top-10 machine this season, with a Tour-leading 10 top 10s in 16 tournaments, including a T7 at the fall Masters, a T9 at THE PLAYERS, a T5 at the April Masters and a T8 at the PGA. His ball striking has been typically impeccable (3rd in SG: Off-the-Tee and 3rd in SG: Tee-to-Green), and a few more made putts would turn top 10s into wins. He cruised to a three-shot win at Jack's place in 2020 despite a final-round 75 that included a two-shot penalty, finishing 9-under in nearly impossible conditions. Rahm's been relatively quiet this year for a consistently high finisher; look for a noisier week out of the fiery Spaniard.
Patrick Cantlay ($9,500)
Cantlay was on a roll earlier this year, with a win at the ZOZO, a runner-up at the American Express and a T3 at Pebble. He's tailed off lately, but he's a former Memorial champ (2019) who just needs a good showing to regain his momentum heading into the U.S. Open. Despite four missed cuts in six events prior to the PGA, his T23 at Kiawah showed that he had righted the ship somewhat. He looks like a bargain this week.
Matt Fitzpatrick ($8,700)
Fitz is something of a course-horse play this week; he was the only player to shoot in the 60s on Memorial Sunday in 2020, parlaying a final-round 68 into a solo 3rd. But he's more than that, posting four top 10s in the U.S. in 14 tournaments this season, including a T4 at the Heritage, and winning in Dubai in December. He has yet to win on the PGA Tour, but it's inevitable.
Jason Day ($7,700)
A former World No. 1, J-Day has fallen into the 60s in the World Ranking, but there are occasional glimpses of his former self amid all the injuries and mediocre play. One of them came at last year's Memorial, where Day finished T4 on the strength of a second-round 66. He also has top 10s this season at Pebble and Houston. And his stat package shows signs of life as well; he ranks in the top 20 in SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Around the Green. One of these days, he'll pick up where he left off in 2018 or so.
Padraig Harrington ($6,600)
The 2021 Euro Ryder Cup captain has decided to play some of his best golf in years this season. The most recent example: A final-round 69 gave him a back-door top 5 at the PGA, his first major top 10 since 2012. He's playing on a sponsor's exemption this week, and his busy schedule is probably more about research for his captaincy than about contention, but you can't ignore recent results; he's risen from 448th to 141st in the World Ranking since September.
Bo Hoag ($6,300)
Another sponsor's exemption, Hoag is the local knowledge bargain-bin play this week. A native of Columbus, graduate of Ohio State and personal friend of tournament host Jack Nicklaus, Hoag is highly prone to missed cuts, although he did have top 20s earlier this year at the Farmers and American Express. Friendly territory could be just what the doctor ordered.
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