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Playing the Tips

Our Picks: Memorial

by Mike Glasscott
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET



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Each week this will be the one-stop resource to soak in all the picks from our group of fantasy staffers from Rotoworld.com. We’ll have all of our selections from the GolfChannel.com, Yahoo! Fantasy Golf, my weekly selection for One-and-Done players plus DFS love from Josh Culp and European Tour insight from Dave Tindall.



GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf










2015 Earnings: $12,798,605

2015 Rank: 8,918


My team was just as much underwater as the course was at TPC Four Seasons. I said under WATER, not under par. No love across the pond either as Royal County Down ate everyone up.



Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Bill Haas

Group 3: Pat Perez

Group 4: Scott Brown



ANALYSIS: Spieth had no problem with fast greens and big landing areas at Augusta so I’m not going to overthink this. I was THIS close to pulling the trigger on the biggest course horse, Kuchar, but I’ll save him for Yahoo! instead. Plenty of choices form Groups 3 and 4 so I’m going with two steady cut makers in Perez and Brown. I’ll pass on Woods this week as he spent Monday and Tuesday at Chambers Bay and has a built-in excuse ready to go.




Rob Bolton





2015 Earnings: $17,309,428

2015 Rank: 386




Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Kevin Na

Group 3: Shawn Stefani

Group 4: Tiger Woods



ANALYSIS: Sneaky pick on Stefani, who I love again this week but not more than Perez, which will catch the eye of too many guys in my league, sadly. I take comfort in knowing that I’m the only one NOT on Woods this week so congratulations to Tiger and his return to the winner’s circle!




Ryan O’Sullivan





2015 Earnings: $19,794,546

2015 Rank: 28th



Group 1: Jordan Spieth

Group 2: Bill Haas

Group 3: Robert Streb

Group 4: Tiger Woods



ANALYSIS: Tough week for everyone who went with Spieth and Leishman last week (trust me, I know) but O only dropped a little bit. All four of his players are in my preview, Range Rover, in one form or another.




Ned Brown





2015 Earnings: $15,849,695

2015 Rank: 1,404



Group 1: Justin Rose

Group 2: Bill Haas

Group 3: Justin Thomas

Group 4: Tiger Woods



ANALYSIS: Rose or bust for Ned as he looks to close the gap at the top. He’s also plopped in Thomas as opposed to a proven vet in Group 3 to see if he can stretch. That’s the way to play the game if you need to get back into business, folks.




Manulife LPGA –Event No. 2





Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Hyo-Joo Kim

Group 3: Brooke Henderson

Group 4: Kelly Shon





Group 1: Lydia Ko

Group 2: Na Yeon Choi

Group 3: Meena Lee

Group 4: Candie Kung





Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Hyo-Joo Kim

Group 3: Austin Ernst

Group 4: Sarah Kemp





Group 1: Inbee Park

Group 2: Anna Nordqvist

Group 3: Minjee Lee

Group 4: Maria McBride



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“Pure Spin”


Points – ATTBNC: 190

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,332

Rank – SPRING Segment: 6,511


Points – SEASON: 3,436

Rank – SEASON: 1,209




Group A



Bill Haas (8): He didn't do much at Quail Hollow but before that he looked great at THE PLAYERS with a T4 finish. His recent history at the Memorial has been good with a T4 in '13 and a T8 last year.


Jim Furyk (6): He picked up a championship at the Heritage and then went deep into the Match Play. All those matches seemed to take it out of him because he did nothing his next two starts. He should be rested and returns to a course that he has six top 10s in 19 career starts.





Brooks Koepka, Steve Stricker, Ben Martin




Group B



Justin Rose (7): Spieth is the top player in Group B, but I have used my starts on him, so I'm plugging in Rose. He won a few weeks ago in New Orleans and has a strong history at the Memorial. He’s racked up five top 10s in ten career starts including a championship in '10.


Hideki Matsuyama (5): He has been playing consistent golf this season with a current streak of seven straight top 25s with three of those being top 10s. He played in his first Memorial last year and won the championship in a playoff beating Kevin Na.


Matt Kuchar (5): I'm rolling the dice a bit here with Kuchar. He really hasn't done much in his last three starts after a fifth place at the Heritage. What he does have going for him is a strong course history at the Memorial with five top 10s in nine starts including a championship in '13.


Chris Kirk (8): Normally, I would plug DJ in this spot, but I only have three starts left on him. In his place I'm using Kirk as has been playing great including last time out with a championship at the Colonial. He has a short history at the Memorial with his best result being a T4 which came last year.





Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Kisner




Group C



Kevin Na (5): He’s simply playing the best golf I've ever seen him play with a current streak of seven top 20s, in stroke play events, with five of those being top 10s. His best finish at the Memorial came last year when he finished in second place after a playoff with Hideki Matsuyama.


Francesco Molinari (10): Since Na is such a solid pick, I'm going to gamble a bit and use Molinari in this spot. This is his first Memorial but he has played well recently with a T2 at the Open de Espana and a fifth place at the BMW PGA. He disappointed a bit last week with a T51 at the Irish Open but the weather was so wild there I'm going to strike a line through that result.





Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Pat Perez




Ryan O’Sullivan (O)



The Golf Aficionado”



Points – ATTBNC: 184

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,390

Rank – SPRING Segment: 1,626


Points – SEASON: 3,583

Rank – SEASON: 47




Group A:



Bill Haas (8)

Jim Furyk (7)



Group B:


Rickie Fowler (8)

Justin Rose (8)

Hideki Matsuyama (5)

Matt Kuchar (5)



Group C:


Kevin Na (8)

Patrick Reed (5)





Rob Bolton






Points – ATTBNC: 140

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,314

Rank – SPRING Segment: 8,854


Points – SEASON: 3,362

Rank – SEASON: 3,026




Group A:



Jim Furyk (7)

Bill Haas (9)



Group B:


Rickie Fowler (9)

Dustin Johnson (6)

Hideki Matsuyama (6)

Phil Mickelson (9)



Group C:


Shawn Stefani (8)

Kevin Na (6)










Points – ATTBNC: 160

Points – SPRING Segment: 1,204

Rank – SPRING Segment: 27,239


Points – SEASON: 3,262

Rank – SEASON: 7,261



Group A:



Jim Furyk (7)

Bill Haas (9)



Woods is the ultimate dark horse here but in the Yahoo! game going low is the only way to win and Tiger hasn’t done much of that lately. Koepka and Martin might be the alternative pair if you need to make up ground.




Group B:



Hideki Matsuyama (5)

Matt Kuchar (5)

Chris Kirk (7)

Justin Rose (8)



With just two starts left on Spieth and three on DJ, I’ll go with THE course horse in Kuchar and another hot putter in Colonial champ (plus T4 here last year) Kirk. Fowler just missed out but I have not scoured the tee times yet and he’ll be first on the list if I need balance my foursome.




Group C:



Kevin Na (9)

Russell Henley (8)



I’ve mismanaged Na so poorly this well I’ll almost GUARANTEE he MC this week since I’ve popped him into my lineup. I’m leaving my buddy Perez out this week but he’s plan B if the tee times don’t work with Moore just missing out.



Daily Fantasy Sports [DFS]



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DraftKings Picks



Justin Rose ($11,600) ... It was love at first sight for Rose and Muirfield Village Golf Club as he posted a fourth-place finish in his 2004 debut. He's added a win as well as four more top 15s in nine starts since. High-upside option here as our team anchor.


Kevin Na ($9,000) ... He fulfills our quota of golfers in form basically by himself. In fact, he's rattled off seven straight top 20s in stroke-play events. Ride him while he's hot.


Pat Perez ($7,500) ... This is where we start to get some salary relief. Luckily PP is nearly as hot as Na, collecting top 30s in each of his past six starts heading into this week. In addition, he owns top 30s in five of his last six Memorial starts.


Justin Thomas ($7,200) ... Muirfield Village rewards great tee-to-green play and that's just what this youngster does. Currently ranks 33rd in strokes gained: tee-to-green. It's his second-ranked par 5 scoring average that will keep him in contention regardless of whether his A or B game shows up.


Russell Henley ($7,400) ... Landed a top 10 in his debut here before going home early last year. With his current season form, we're led to believe the top 10 is a more likely result. 


Rory Sabbatini ($7,200) ... His form has been streaky to say the least this season. In fact, you could say the same about his entire career. Luckily he has top 30s in three of his last four entering the week. The real factor is his course history, as we notice six straight top 30s at Muirfield Village before his missed cut last year.



Other Picks to Consider



Alternate for Perez: Daniel Summerhays ($7,400) ... Gamers may be thrown off the scent due to some missed cuts recently on tracks that don't set up well for him. He's still 14-for-18 on the season and completed a T4 here back in 2012.


Alternate for Rose: Jordan Spieth ($12,500) ... If you're going to spend up on Rose, you could smash the piggy bank a little harder and go all the way up to Spieth. His current form requires no additional reasoning. You just pick him and watch the points rack up.


Alternate for Na: Bill Haas ($9,200) ... Didn't post a single top 30 in his first seven tries here, but he's figured it out, signing for back-to-back top 10s at Muirfield Village.





2015 Fantasy Race to Dubai



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Pick 10 golfers. Players accumulate points based on Race to Dubai (R2D) points earned. Star player’s points are doubled. Unlimited team changes and unlimited star player changes are available each week.



Last week



Woohoo. A rise of 26 spots after a muddling week in Ireland which saw star pick Shane Lowry snap his putter and blow his chances of the big points. Think of it as turning the corner and let’s make a big leap in Sweden.



Current position: 4,905



This week



Team Tindall (Team name: YESSIR!)


Thomas Bjorn

Alex Noren

David Howell

Peter Uihlein

Alexander Levy

Joost Luiten

Stephen Gallacher

Bradley Dredge

Lucas Bjerregaard



Star Player: Henrik Stenson


He must win this event soon, surely. Obvious chance on a course he knows better than most of the field.



The Rest



•       Thomas Bjorn: Avoided swing-battering conditions in Ireland, T15 last year and T11 at Wentworth.

•       Alex Noren: Swede won this event in 2011 and two strong showings at Wentworth and RCD.

•       David Howell: 4-2-2 before MCs at Wentworth and RCD; can bounce back here on track that suits.

•       Peter Uihlein: Should enjoy The Lakes and every chance of backing up two recent top 10s in China.

•       Alexander Levy: Closed with 66 here last year to finish T25. Dropping hints about another big week.

•       Joost Luiten: Putter has warmed up and can build on promising T11 at Wentworth last time.

•       Stephen Gallacher: Lost playoff here in 2014 and tends to repeat on courses he likes.

•       Bradley Dredge: 6th after 54 holes on this track last year and cracked top 10 in Ireland.

•       Lucas Bjerregaard: Plenty of promising form lately; big-hitting Dane should enjoy open course.






Each week I painfully writhe and wretch trying to figure out the proper strategy to find a player that will hit the top 10. Wins are great but aren’t likely so I’m satisfied with having a CHANCE to hit the big money. Missed cuts are absolutely the death in this game but even the surest of things don’t always happen in the reality world of fantasy golf. Remember, fade or follow, it’s up to you!



Frys.com: Brooks Koepka. Let’s get this started off on the right foot. Koepka, playing without any status last year, led on Sunday by three shots at the turn. He finished T3 and learned a valuable lesson. His recent form has been scintillating as he has four top 15s in his last four worldwide starts, including the PGA at Valhalla (T15). He was T9 last week at the Dunhill. Koepka, T8, did what was expected and racked up a top 10 for $168,000.


Shriners Open: It came down to Moore, Watney and Piercy for the OAD place this week. Laird was also in the conversation but I’m going with the best putter of the group mentioned above and there’s not a place that Moore HAS TO BE USED later. Sure, he beat Gary Woodland in a playoff last year at CIMB but I don’t use defending champions. #WeakSauce. He shares the tournament record has three top 10s in his last four. More Moore please! ANY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE THREE OTHER THAN MOORE would have been just fine. Moore has wiped me twice in eight events. The good news is I don’t even have to CONSIDER his presence again until October of 2015.


McGladrey Classic: This is the CLASSIC HEDGE MOVE for gamers. I’m going with Kuchar above but Simpson down here to cover my ASSet. Look, save Simpson for Greenbrier, Sedgefield or TPC Boston, but I’m going with a guy who is hot NOW and will find someone else later. HOW COULD THIS GO WRONG, RYAN MOORE??? Nothing like a T41 to back up a MC; $19,600.


CIMB Classic: I’m loading up on Charl Schwartzel since I can’t play him on the Sunshine TOUR at the Dunhill or Joburg. His course form is overwhelming and in a limited field with limited views of this track, his experience and successes here are huge. He’ll probably WD. He couldn’t catch up after his opening round 74; T19, $94,500.


WGC-HSBC Champions: I’ll go with the guy who holds the course record, the 2011 title plus two other top eight finishes in four starts, Martin Kaymer. Did I mention he made 29 birdies here last year? Ok, good. If I was a casual golf fan and just picked up the newspaper on Monday morning to see that Kaymer finished T6 I would have been thrilled…$216,337


Sanderson Farms: It came down to Tony Finau or Hudson Swafford and I went with the Georgia ‘Dawg. Both are hot so I’ll go with the local-er of the two and the better ball-striker. I should be required to take the “Silly Season” off. BOTH missed the cut. I’m ready for 2015…


OHL Classic: Can I just pass? Since I couldn’t pull the trigger on Jason Bohn in the Golf Channel game, I’ll hedge him here with Stroud and Sabbatini right behind him. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? I need a vacation. I was gun-shy but the hedge paid off with T7 and $196,275


HTOC: This is a good news/bad news event. The good news is that there are only 34 players and this is a track that requires previous experience. The bad news is if the guy you pick doesn’t finish in the top five it’s a complete waste of time. For the conservative/saver this is THE ONLY WEEK TO PICK Ogilvy since he’s won here twice. For the throw-caution-to-the-wind player, Kuchar, Day or Watson should lead the line. I’ll find myself  right in the middle with Chris Kirk. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Kirk needed to tie the course record on Monday to hit six figures. Yeah, that’s all I needed to pocket $110,000, 11 birdies and 62. Day pulled the same trick but he finished T3.


Sony Open: I’m going with the man who has eight top 10s in 13 career starts, Charles Howell III. He’s hit the top five in five of the last six years and I’m not going to find that anywhere else on TOUR. #EasyChoice. Make it top five in five of the last SEVEN years. T26 paid $42,280.


Humana Challenge: Ryan Palmer gets the nod this week as he’s shown form on these tracks and has no problem getting low, yo! He’s a member at Colonial, FYI. The pain. The suffering. The life of a fantasy gamer. If reading from top to bottom it’s easy to see why my pain is prevalent. Shut up. T10 isn’t great but isn’t terrible, $136,000.


WMPO: This week, Hunter Mahan takes the wheel. With his wife due shortly, he knows his time, for the moment, is limited and it’s time to make hay. It doesn’t hurt that his game sets up for most layouts and it doesn’t hurt he won here in 2010 and was T4 last year. I’m not confident pulling the trigger on Watson, Spieth, Fowler or Mickelson just yet. THERE’S NOTHING WORSE than playing defense but these gentlemen are more valuable in majors/WGC than here in the desert. Brendan Steele was the backup plan. Mahan = T30 $36,729 but cashed more $$$ than Phil or Rickie! NOBODY CARES!!!


FIO: I’ve ridden Fowler here the last two years and he responded with T6 and MC so let’s hold off on the ticker tape parade. I’m throwing caution to the wind this week and sending the No. 1 player in the FedExCup to do work. With T2 and WIN in his last two Jimmy Walker is the play this week. I can’t use him next week at Pebble Beach where he is the defending champion (and I had him in OAD!) and his record at Riviera isn’t as strong as it is here. DO WORK, SON! One shot out of the lead entering Sunday resulted in a, for him (and me) a disappointing T7 and $189,787. Yep, that’s how high the bar is now set with him on the California coast.]


Pebble Beach: Day is tempting but if he keeps playing like this he’ll have chances in bigger paydays so he’s out. I’m saving Johnson for his redemption song next week at Riviera so he’s out. Walker was played last week plus he’s the defending champ so that leaves Patrick Reed. Hit it a mile. Find it. Make everything. Win. Kevin Na, Aaron Baddeley or would be a nice fill for a TOAD. Imagine if Reed didn’t close with 67 to finish T29 and pocket $44,200? Wait, it could have been WORSE? Blimey…


NTO: I’m a romantic so Dustin Johnson gets the call this week. His six months on the sideline were spent playing and practicing in his adopted home town and his form at Riviera is better than most. He lost in a playoff to James Hahn. That sums up my career in OAD. P2 $589,600. I liked when he was solo second last year when I had him…#MOARMONEY


Honda: I’m going to keep the big hitter motif going this week as I sent Keegan Bradley to bat. I’m looking to grab a guy who’s hot and has course form and he checks both boxes. Dead-beat MC. Wow. #NaeDollars


WGC-CC: There’s no point for me to start “saving” anybody for anything as this season is slowly slipping away. Plus, this is a WGC and the prize pool is only bigger in a couple events (PLAYERS/Open Championship). Bubba Watson is being sent out to stop the bleeding. Go on son! Bring the General Lee if necessary! HELP ME BUBBA! Other considerations would include Day (any event) or McIlroy (any event) and for TOADYS, I’m not sure how I’d talk anyone out of Jamie Donaldson. Watson finished solo third for $540,000. WHO TOLD HIM ON THE BACK NINE THAT I HAD HIM IN OAD?


PRO: I’ll give Overton a chance to keep up the heat on a track where he’s had success in the recent past. T27; $18,736.


Valspar: Time to strike while the iron is hot with Luke Donald. His four trips around here have been quite tight.  He’ll be happy to be inland this week and he’ll also be happy to see a yardage book with familiar marks on it. I’m not sure he has a better course history anywhere else and that’s been his calling card the last two years: course form. Well that streak of course form is over; T53, $13,468.


API: Orlando residents Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell or Henrik Stenson work this week. Kevin Na is also a tasty angle if he’s still available. Since Match Play is all jacked up different this year, this will be the spot I burn Poults. Hopefully he bought another Ferrari this week and feels he needs to pay for it immediately…Poulter opened with 67 and got worse from there with 70-71-72 to close and watch the field lap him on the weekend. T21 for $59,141. The only way I’ll accept this is Stenson winning when I finally pull the trigger on him.


Valero: Laird gets the call this week as I’ll gladly save the heavy hitters for down the road. The list of winners here is odd so it’s not the week to burn a big name. The winner last week wasn’t odd but he wasn’t available for me anyhow. Laird has finally burned out as his T50 for $14,838 feels just like a MC.


SHO: I’m not one of those weirdos who selects the defending champ once a year so I’m playing J.B. Holmes this week instead of saving him for Quail Hollow. I don’t love that he’s coming off a MC his last time out but his numbers at GCH are very nice. I hope the course is soaking wet and long as it can play. BINGO. BANGO. BONGO. First oversized check of the year!


Masters: Mickelson was a tempting choice this week as was the blazing hot Spieth but I’m going to load up on Jason Day for the second consecutive year. Except this year he’s not hurt. I’ve played Watson, DJ, Walker already on courses where they have excelled in the past and have had decent success. Day fits that bill this week. Please read the first sentence over and over and over and over and over and over again. I’m wondering how I left Rose out! Day opened with 67 and faded away to T28 and $68,000 while the first two names on the team sheet made $880,000 and $1.8 million respectively. All I can do is laugh. Again.


RBC Heritage: Since I can’t see the forest from the trees, Charley Hoffman gets the ball this week. His current form is excellent and he has plenty of scar tissue at this even that can help him down the stretch. If Spieth wins… HEY AT LEAST SPIETH DIDN’T WIN LAST WEEK!!! And neither did Goldilocks; and neither did I. Twhocares and $12,054


Zurich: With six of the last nine at TPC Louisiana going to a first-timer, I’m going with youthful exuberance in Morgan Hoffmann. Other considerations were Berger and Thomas.  Hoffmann began the final round T9 and finished T36 for $31,099. If you’re scoring at home, this is the THIRD tournament in a row that my “other” selections have done just a bit better. See above for details as Berger was T6 and Thomas was T12.


WGC-Match Play: Reading this has angered me so I’m sending Paul Casey to the bat this week. I don’t care if it’s a cricket bat. It's a big tournament so it deserves a big player. Stupid food poisoning. Stupid putter. Stupid McIlroy. T5 $285,000.


THE PLAYERS: I’m going with Ponte Vedra’s adopted son, Jim Furyk. His form has been excellent and his course knowledge is second-to-none.  Stenson, Garcia and Westwood would be my next three. T56; $22,200. Not worth adding up.


Wells Fargo: If you can’t use defending champions then McIlroy is DONE for The Open, WGC-BI and PGA so please remember that. The safety net of the U.S. Open for Mickelson goes out the window as well as Chambers Bay will be new to everyone besides Greller and Spieth. Stenson was T3 at St. Andrews in 2010 so that’s an option moving forward. I’ll take Mickelson on the track where he’s had his best results without a victory (besides the U.S. Open). Congrats to Rory on his win! Well, I nailed this on both ends so I’m just half-angry. T4, $293,466 so I only left $990k on the table!


Colonial: With two wins in his last four years and six top 10s in the last seven, I’ll trust ZJ to do the business this week. His putter hasn’t been up to the task but his current form suggests his ball-striking is carrying the load. Folks might argue to save him for the JDC but that will take 30 birdies to win and a cold putter won’t help with that. Dufner also got a look but Palmer (already burned) should be your choice if ZJ is not going out. Peterson is the play this week if catching up is the order of the day. Johnson finished T19 for $ 78,780 even though he led the field in GIR and fairways. Please don’t ask about his putting stats. Good luck to all of you who are saving him for JDC where he’ll need 30 birdies to win.


Byron Nelson: It’s Marc Leishman without a doubt this week as I’ve burned Day, DJ, Palmer, Keegs and Charley Hoffman. I have no words except MISSED and CUT. $0.


Memorial: With a track that usually favors veteran studs, I’m going with course-horse Matt Kuchar, to hell with his recent form. Haas and Rose were very close second and third choices so I have no problem endorsing them either.






SEASON TOTAL: $3,875,074; 29 events


Wins: Holmes, SHO

Seconds: Johnson, D., P2, NTO

Thirds: Watson, solo, WGC-CC


Top 10s: 10

Top 25s: 14

T53: 1, Donald on a course where he’s never finished worse than 6th.

MC: 3, Moore (Shriners), Swafford (SFC), Bradley (Honda) & Leishman (ATTBNC)

Thermometer: HAWT GAWBIJ, OK




Coming Wednesday


And the analysis doesn't end here. Rotoworld's Rob Bolton and I will be co-hosting a live chat Wednesday at 12 ET.  We will be breaking down the field at the Memorial and answering your questions. Simply return to the golf home page to join in on the chatter.


Mike Glasscott
Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.