The 2021 Memorial Tournament : The Primer – PGA DFS Analysis

Featuring in-depth analysis of The 2021 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 2021 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).

In case you missed it – you can find my cheat sheet posted for The 2021 Memorial Tournament!

The players head to the 2021 Memorial Tournament this week at Muirfield, which checks in at over 7500 yards and is a Par 72.  Jon Rahm will look to defend his title here, and we have a quality group of golfers teeing it up in what should be an exciting week of action!  Ball striking will be paramount here, with our focus being on players who can excel on long courses – looking closely at SG: APP, SG: OTT (SG: TTG is a good way to consolidate into one metric), and of course, players that have been playing strong heading into this weekend’s event.  Let’s dive in and look at five options to consider adding to your player pools this weekend!

The Best of the best…

  • Xander Schauffele, $9,700

He missed the cut at the PGA Championship, but I think that Muirfield Village is a great fit for his game and I like this week’s tournament for a bounceback spot for him.  He’s priced cheaper than some of the other elite options on the board, and while I think he’ll be popular – I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw him sub 20% owned in this one.  He’s well above average in all key metrics, and when you put them all together he ranks 4th on tour in SG: Total.  Dollar for dollar, one of the best plays this week – I like his chances of being in the mix come Sunday.

The Next Group

  • Corey Connors, $9,300

He’s been rock solid of late, and with his price up – and a few high profile options priced around him, I think he will probably be left out of some line-ups that have been heavy on him of late this week.  The metrics are outstanding (8th in SG: OTT, 4th in SG: APP, 7th in SG: TTG) and he’s been an average putter.  The game is a great fit for his game, and he’s been very consistent, coming into this one with 7 of 9 finishes in the top 20 (the outliers being a 21st and a 43rd place showing).  Don’t expect low ownership levels here, but if he keeps striking the ball like he has been, I think there’s upside here at $9,300.

  • Doug Ghim, $7,200

Ghim has been a fantastic ball striker all season long, ranking 19th on tour in SG: TTG.  This is fueled from his 11th place ranking in SG: APP.  He comes into this one fresh off of a strong showing at the Charles Schwab last week, where he finished 14th.  He had struggled the two previous events – but it was nice to see his game back in good form a week ago.  While he isn’t long off the tee, he hits it long enough for it to play here, and his precision is something that I think will serve him well on this track.  He’s a great low priced option to mix into builds this week.

  • Patton Kizzire, $7,300

While he isn’t an elite ball striker, he is above average and has been an elite putter so far this season, ranking 15th on tour.  He has been playing outstanding of late and like his chances of having that carry over to The Memorial this week.  I’m quite surprised he didn’t get a bit of a bump here, and while I wouldn’t expect low ownership levels on him based on his back to back 3rd place showings – I do think that his slightly better than average ball striking metrics will help keep his ownership levels from skyrocketing too high.  I like what I’ve seen from him lately, and think that he’ll have another strong showing here this week.

Don’t Forget About…

  • Kyle Stanley, $6,100

Plenty of risk here at the price point – but if you are looking for a punt with upside here, Stanley is my favourite of the bunch.  He comes into this one with four straight made cuts (5 of 6) that includes an 8th at the Charles Schwab last week and a 14th at the Valero.  He’s always been an intriguing ball striker and the question with him is always will he putt his way to a missed cut?  Ranking 45th on tour in SG: TTG is pretty attractive for a near min-priced golfer, and he’s been putting well enough to stick around and contend of late.


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