2020 Memorial Tournament: The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2020 Memorial Tournament. Daily fantasy golf analysis for this week’s DFS slate to help you build winning cash game and tournament lineups on DraftKings.

Welcome to The Primer column for the 2020 Memorial Tournament! We are here to help you build your DFS lineups for FanDuel, DraftKings or whatever other sites you choose to play on (this article does have a DraftKings bias though).

This week we have a second straight event at Muirfield, as the players tee it up again for a mulligan for everyone not named Colin Morikawa, who stormed from behind for a dramatic rally late to win last week’s event.  Back in the field this week, priced at $10k – I expect him to be a popular choice yet again – and for good reason.

The field this week is stronger, with a few more elite options in the field.  Some seem to be clamouring on about this being a ‘major’ this season with the revamped schedule – well….it’s not.  But it doesn’t mean that it won’t be exciting, with most of the world’s best teeing it up.

It’s not often that you have back to back events at the same course, so we have some recent course history given current form in play here – which should help make this easier to navigate…but in addition to that, as was the case last week, SG: Approach will be a key stat to consider (as is generally the case for me when it comes to stats) – and with very quick greens, I think that quality putters will be paramount.  SG: off the tee is always something to consider….and it came into play a little more than I thought it would a week ago, so all in all – you are looking for golfers with well rounded games that have the ability to gain strokes on the field.  So what am I telling you?  Pick golfers that are good….and when in doubt, you have the vast majority of the field playing on the same course just a week ago.  Rocket science…I know.  If only it were actually that easy!

Let’s have a look at four options that I like along with a bit of a dart throw – `and some rationale for why I think you should include them in your player pool:

Last Week’s Picks:

  • Patrick Cantlay – T7
  • Patrick Reed – T39
  • Adam Hadwin – T35
  • Joel Dahmen – MC
  • Mackenzie Hughes – T48

Between the cheat sheet and this article, it was a decent enough week (though far from spectacular) at the Workday Charity Classic…with the Joel Dahmen reco being a severe outlier as he managed to post a +16 en route to a short outing.

The Best of the Best

  • Patrick Cantlay – $9,800

I hoped the price point would keep his ownership levels down last week.  It did not.  I’m hoping the fact that he finished a few notches below JT and Morikawa a week ago will help keep his ownership levels down this week….we’ll see if it does.  We also have some key additions added to the field, which should work in his favour.  Either way, I love his game – love that he came out and fired a 65 on Sunday, and I like his chances of carrying that over into this weekend’s Memorial Tournament.  I think he’s in the mix come Sunday and have no problem doubling down here.  Editor’s Note – Bryson DeChambeau is worth spending up for as well this week in a significant number of your builds.  The pricing here makes it pretty easy to use him and build a quality line-up….which leads me to my second pick of:

  • Daniel Berger – $8,700

You shouldn’t have too much trouble getting three players in the $8-10k range – but Berger would also be a great 2nd option on teams if you load up with Bryson or one of the other higher spends as your top priced golfer.  Simply put – he has been outstanding all season long.  Since the pandemic, he has a win at the Charles Schwab and a T3 at the RBC Heritage, and dating back to before the pandemic, he has 5 straight top 10 finishes and 4 straight top 5 finishes.  Every major metric of his is well above average, ranking him 7th in SG: Total on the season.  He’s a fantastic play.

The Next Tier

  • Billy Horschel – $7,500

Horschel tied for 7th last week, giving him his 5th top 10 finish on the season.  He has the type of game that is elite when he is on – and has shown the ability to contend in quality field events in the past.  He can be inconsistent, but I really liked what I saw from him last week – and I think he’ll keep things rolling this week.  While his SG: Approach leaves something to be desired, the rest of his game is well above average – and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him towards the top of the leaderboards as we head into the weekend at the Memorial.

  • Adam Hadwin- $7,400

Hadwin had an up and down tournament a week ago – but he continues to make cuts at ease, and when he is firing on all cylinders, he can contend in an event like this.  His metrics are outstanding, and while he was inconsistent last weekend, I like his chances of righting the ship this week on his second chance at Muirfield.  The price point is $800 less expensive, and the only downside here to me is that I expect him to be a popular choice…but I think it is for good reason.

Do Not Forget About…

  • Max Homa – $6,800

Stewart Cink is on the board if you are looking for a complete punt who I like to make the cut – but realistically speaking, his ceiling is likely what we saw from him last week when he finished T19.  Homa, while still a long-shot, has a game that could vault him up the leaderboards if he can be a little more precise on his approach shots, and string things together around, and on the greens.  He’s a great ball striker (in the top 40 in both SG: OTT and SG: APP) – and showed that he has the ability to hang with the big boys earlier in the year when he was on a nice run that saw him finish in the top 15 four straight tournaments, including a T6 at the Waste Management.  I like his chances of a bounce back this week, and fresh off of 3 straight MC, I’m expecting rock bottom ownership levels here.

If you would like to see some more of my favourites for this week’s event, check out The PGA Cheat Sheet for The Memorial!

If you have any questions at all, you can find me on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

About Brad

Brad hates the term fantasy sports expert, so instead he is someone who specializes in NFL, NHL and MLB DFS notes and analysis. He had a 68.2% win rate in 2015 NFL cash games to go along with a 83.5% win rate for the 2014 season. For NHL he had a 58.7% win rate in the 2015-16 season for cash games and a 66.2% win rate for the 2014-15 season. You can follow him on Twitter @bradsgotmoxy.

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