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CPIC Points: 200
Spring Segment Points: 1,235
Spring Ranking: 4,342
Season Points: 3,126
Season Ranking: 3,118
Adam Scott: He inherited the OGWR #1 ranking prior to the Colonial and he proceeded to rally on the weekend to win for the first time this season on the PGA TOUR. He is the type of player that can win in back-to-back weeks like he did in Australia late last year with wins at the Australian PGA and the Talisker Masters. His history at The Memorial is solid with two top 5 finishes in eight career starts.
Matt Kuchar: I have only one start left with Matt Kuchar and a look at his past history says this is the place to use it. His recent history here is outstanding with top eights in his last four starts here, with the highlight being a championship last year.
Russell Henley, Luke Donald, Gary Woodland
Rory McIlroy: He was playing well going into last week's BMW PGA Championship, but when he announced that he had broken off his engagement I thought that he might be in for a tough week. All he did was rally from seven strokes back on the final day to win the championship. He is another player that can win in back-to-back fashion like he did in the FedEx Cup Playoffs in '12 when he won the Deutsche Bank and the BMW Championship.
Justin Rose: He notched three consecutive top 10s on the PGA TOUR going into last week's BMW PGA Championship, so his 25th place finish was a slight letdown. His record at The Memorial is very good, with five top 8s in nine career starts, including a championship in '10.
Jim Furyk: He has been on fire since the end of March with top 10s in four of five events going into last week's Colonial, so his T51 there was a real disappointment. I'm looking for him to rebound this week at an event where he has six top 10s in 18 career starts, which includes a championship in '02.
Dustin Johnson: After a so-so finish at THE PLAYERS, Johnson proceeded to play well on the Texas Swing with a T7 at the Byron Nelson and a T14 at Colonial. He missed his first cut at The Memorial in six starts last year, but his overall record is solid with top 20 finishes in three of five of his prior starts.
Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas, Jason Dufner, Steve Stricker
Charl Schwartzel: He missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship, but prior to that he had played well with a T12 at the RBC Heritage and a T11 at the Byron Nelson. His recent record at The Memorial is solid with a T22 in '11, a T19 in '12 and a T8 last year.
Kevin Chappell: Plenty of good choices for the second spot in Group C, but I am going to take a shot with Kevin Chappell. He has played well in recent weeks with a T11 at the Wells Fargo, a T26 at THE PLAYERS and a T10 last week at Colonial. He seemed to finally figure out Muirfield last year, when he finished in solo second place.
Brendon Todd, John Huh, J.B. Holmes
Ryan O’Sullivan (O)
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CPIC Points: 132
Spring Segment Points: 1,304
Spring Ranking: 392
Season Points: 3,338
Season Ranking: 96
CPIC Points: 156
Spring Segment Points: 1,151
Spring Ranking: 19,196
Season Points: 3,156
Season Ranking: 3,397
CPIC Points: 160
Spring Segment Points: 1,211
Spring Ranking: 7,751
Full Season Points: 3,191
Full Season Ranking: 2,118
Well, I swung and missed dearly on Adam Scott and his victory last week. My motto in this game is take one step forward followed by 1,249,294 backwards. At least Rickie Fowler was taken out of my lineup Wednesday night. #littlevictories. My final pick in Group B last week came down to this: Graham DeLaet: Between him and Dufner, they are going to put me in the nuthouse. Congrats to Dufner on his win since I’m going with the Loon.
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.
It seems like I have a story like this every week.
Ryan Palmer anchored Group C throughout the week but T5 didn’t help in the long run.
Matt Kuchar: His record speaks for itself at this event. NOT EVEN I CAN SCREW THIS UP!
Luke Donald: He made 20 birdies here last year and is coming in off T3 at the BMW PGA at Wentworth.
Remember, Adam Scott is being holstered for events down the road so he’s out this week. And he was out last week, sadly. Gary Woodland always has my attention in Group A as well. Rory Sabbatini would be a nice, “off-the-radar” play this week if saving starts is a priority.
Justin Rose: The 2010 winner has three top 10s in his last three starts on TOUR and two in his last two at Memorial. I would play him every week if starts were not part of the game.
Dustin Johnson: The Texas swing put his feet right back underneath him and the big hitter looks to have regained most of the form that saw him start 2014 off with a bang.
Jim Furyk: I believe that the first two listed will do the business in Group B but I’ll insure them with a course horse who has been on fire recently.
David Hearn: For the second week in a row he pops into Group B. Sure, there are PLENTY of other options out there but I like his recent form and his history around here.
Extras in Group B, Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker and Freddie Jacobson also got a look this week. Jordan Spieth (3), Rory McIlroy (4) and Keegan Bradley (5, bad record here) will sit it out this week. Bo Van Pelt and Stewart Cink, properly protected, would be nice out-of-the-box selections this week.
Charl Schwartzel: He’s been loitering in the top 20 for most of the year and his trend at Memorial is pointing to another big finish this week.
K.J. Choi: I’m sticking with the crusty veteran and 2007 champion as he knows this place inside and out and has been playing well of late.
Group C is where everyone else is lingering this week. J.B. Holmes and Kevin Chappell jump off the page if ground needs to be made up this week. Scott Stallings would be the walk-off, grand-slam, game 7 of the World Series home run if you’re into that kind of thing.