After getting off to what can conservatively be called a sluggish start since the PGA Tour resumed play, Jon Rahm gained strokes both tee to green and on approach in last week's Workday Charity Open. The Spaniard settled for a share of 29th place due to his somewhat spotty play around the greens at Muirfield Village, but should be able to take some positive momentum from his solid ball-striking performance into this week's Memorial. Rahm is a true talent, but his season was significantly derailed by the COVID-19 break and it appears that he's still working himself into form.
Matt Kuchar logged a T39 in last week's Workday Charity Open. The middling finish was Kuchar's best outing since the PGA Tour resumed play. The veteran will attempt to parlay that positive momentum into a better result in the upcoming Memorial. Kuchar is a former winner of the event and owns a sterling track record on this Muirfield Village layout. The 42-year-old lost strokes on approach last week and will need to get his irons figured out in order to make a run in this week's elite field. He's isn't cash-game material at this point, but is worth a look in GPP formats.
Viktor Hovland has been on fire since the PGA Tour resumed play and he impressed again with a third-place finish in last week's Workday Charity Open. Hovland gained a massive 15 strokes tee to green at Muirfield Village, but was once again betrayed by a balky putter. The rising star has now gained strokes tee to green, but lost strokes putting, in four consecutive tournaments. He'll get a chance to rebound in the upcoming Memorial, but will need to turn things around with the flatstick to pick up his second PGA Tour victory. Hovland's elite ball-striking form should put him near the top of any DFS lists.
Collin Morikawa has impressed golf fans since he turned professional last year and his dazzling iron play at last week's Workday Charity Open earned him his second career victory on the PGA Tour. Morikawa led for most of the tournament, but was forced to chase a surging Justin Thomas late Sunday. The Cal product tied things up on the 72nd hole and eventually defeated Thomas on the third playoff hole. The youngster will try to go back-to-back at Muirfield Village when he tees it up in the Memorial this week. His world-class ball striking makes him a threat to win every tournament and an elite DFS option on a weekly basis.
Patrick Cantlay will tee it up at Muirfield Village for the second-straight week, but he'll be officially defending his 2019 Memorial title this time around. Cantlay gained strokes in all areas in last week's Workday Charity Open, but wasn't very successful on his scorecard until a sizzling final-round 65 sent him soaring up the leaderboard and into a tie for seventh place. The young star is an elite DFS option most weeks, but that rings especially true on this Muirfield Village layout.
Justin Rose suffered an ugly and surprising missed cut last week in the Workday Charity Open. The Englishman will try to rebound on the same Muirfield Village layout in this week's Memorial. Rose had looked much improved since the PGA Tour's restart and his track record at Muirfield is sterling, which made his horrible 10-over par performance last week very shocking. The veteran has handled many ups and downs throughout his career and he's an interesting bounce-back candidate in this spot. Rose is worth consideration as a contrarian GPP play.
After an injury scare at the Genesis Invitational back in February, Tiger Woods will tee it up in a PGA Tour event for this first time in five months at the Memorial. Woods is a five-time winner of this tournament and it was the logical spot for him to jump back into competition. Muirfield Village caters to Woods' sharp iron play and strategic thinking. The rust factor is a legitimate concern this week, but Tiger is a tempting DFS option on this course that he knows so well.
Charles Howell III will tee it up at Muirfield Village Golf Club for the 17th time this week for the inaugural Workday Charity Open. Since the restart, he finished T49 at the Charles Schwab Challenge and missed the cut at RBC Heritage. One part of Howell’s game that suits Muirfield is his around-the-green prowess, ranking 24th in the PGA in strokes gained. Of note, Howell made five of five cuts at Firestone Country Club, which is a corollary course for Muirfield Village. At $7,000 on DraftKings, he may be a better cash play with Max Homa offering much more upside at $7,100.
Hideki Matsuyama, coming off a T21 finish in Detroit at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, returns to Muirfield Village, a course where he’s had success in the past. His significant course history includes a win in 2014 and two other top-10 finishes in 2015 and 2019. Matsuyama is a great fit for this course considering his strong approach and green game. Last week in Detroit, he was able to gain almost five strokes on approach to go with his 7.44 strokes gained tee to green. He was neutral around the green, and as is often the case, he lost strokes putting. If Matsuyama can catch a hot putter, he is set up to once again turn in a nice finish in Dublin at $10,000 on DraftKings. To be a contrarian, one could justify starting their lineup at $10,000 with Matsuyama.
Ian Poulter finished 64th at the Travelers Championship before taking the week off in order to prepare for the back-to-back at Muirfield Village Golf Club for the Workday Charity Open and Memorial tournaments. Poulter has not played here since 2009 when he finished outside the top 50. Despite his consistently strong game around and on the green, he has continually struggled here. Despite his T14 finish at RBC Heritage, Poulter is an easy fade this week at $7,500 with other favorable players such as Harold Varner III and Billy Horschel in this price range.
After missing the Rocket Mortgage Classic due to a positive COVID-19 test, Dylan Frittelli will tee it up at Muirfield Village Golf Club for the inaugural Workday Charity Open. His threesome will include two other Tour members who have tested positive in Nick Watney and Denny McCarthy. The PGA COVID-19 protocol was amended to a symptom-based model rather than a 10-day self-isolation. Frittelli comes to Ohio in hit-or-miss form. He missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge and Travelers Championship, but finished T8 at RBC Heritage. This will be Frittelli’s first event at Muirfield Village, but at $6,800 on DraftKings, he should be rather popular.
Matthew Fitzpatrick returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club for the inaugural Workday Charity Open after taking a week off. In 2019, he turned in a T68 finish here at Muirfield, losing strokes putting without doing anything else particularly well to offset this shortcoming. Before a missed cut at the Travelers Championship, Fitzpatrick had made 20 cuts in a row, demonstrating his consistent skill set. Of note, Fitzpatrick will have Jim Bones Mackay as his caddie this week. Mackay was Phil Mickelson’s caddie for 25 years and will certainly give Fitzpatrick a new perspective of both Muirfield and his game. At $8,000 on DraftKings, Fitzpatrick is a better cash play versus GPP.
Harold Varner III, an Ohio native, will return to his home state to play in the inaugural Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Since the restart, Varner has only one missed cut, with that being at RBC Heritage. Last week at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Varner gained strokes off the tee, on approach, around the green and tee to green. The skill set that Varner possesses is a great fit for Muirfield Village, as evidenced by his T19 finish in 2017 two of three made cuts here for the Memorial. If he is able to continue his success finding greens in regulation (21st in the PGA), he can once again find success and is priced fairly at $7,500 on DraftKings.
Cameron Champ was permitted to participate in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, turning in a T12 finish, after two negative COVID-19 tests. The majority of his strokes gained were off the tee -- 5.70 of 6.12 to be exact. Champ is first in the PGA in this category and is continually successful off the tee. This week at the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Champ comes in with only one official event here, which was a missed cut in 2019 at the Memorial. As far as his irons are concerned, Champ was able to gain 1.23 strokes on approach for the weekend at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which he will need to continue in order to find success this weekend. He is priced at $7,700 on DraftKings, which is a great value considering he has the upside to finish within the top 10.
After taking a week off, Louis Oosthuizen returns to action at Muirfield Village Golf Club for the inaugural Workday Charity Open. Oosthuizen comes to Ohio in less than adequate form. In his last four events, he has two finishes outside the top 50 and two missed cuts. In the three events he’s played since the restart, he has averaged negative strokes gained around the green in every tournament. With his irons, he has averaged negative strokes gained in two of the three tournaments. Until we see his irons come back, it’s likely best to look at other options in his price range, which include Cameron Champ, Scottie Scheffler and Joel Dahmen.