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Top DFS Picks for the 2021 Memorial Tournament

| June 2, 2021 12:10 pm PDT
Memorial Golf Tournament

They come for the pristine golf. They stay for the delectable milkshakes.

Rather than spend an excessive amount of time extolling Muirfield Village, I’ll sum up the property quickly. There’s not a blade of grass out of place, and the hospitality is second to none.

This week’s field is a “who’s who” in golf – headlined by five of the top-6 players in the world, along with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Being that you can only roster six guys in each GPP lineup, let’s dive right into my best DFS picks for the Memorial Tournament.

Collin Morikawa – $10,400

You have to strike your golf ball well to have any chance at Jack’s Place. Enter Collin Morikawa – last year’s victor at the Workday Charity Open held at this same golf course. The PGA Tour’s leader in SG: Tee-to-Green isn’t just top on the tour in approach game; he’s leaving everyone else in the dust.

Morikawa is gaining a prodigious 1.434 strokes on his approach shots per round. Justin Thomas is second on tour at 0.977.

For some perspective, it’s one of the best displays of iron-play proficiency that we’ve ever seen.

With 8th at the PGA Championship and 14th at the Charles Schwab Challenge in his last two starts, just wait until his putter heats up.

Tony Finau – $9,200

Armed with top-20s in four of his last five starts, Tony got a little bit off track with his ball-striking in the last couple of months. The good news is Finau appears to have sorted things out – he gained 3.769 strokes off the tee last week (4th in the field) and finished T3 in GIR.

Finau’s ability to drive it long and muscle it out of the rough should pay huge dividends, just as it did in 2020 when he led the Memorial Tournament after 36 holes.

Clocking in 13th in SG: Around-the-Green, Tony’s short game is a lot better than people give him credit for. He’s actually leading the PGA Tour in SG: Around-the-Green over his last 24 rounds. It’s his lack of aggressiveness on the greens that’s been deterring him from getting to the winner’s circle.

Keegan Bradley – $8,000

Charley Hoffman has been playing superbly lately and makes sense as one of your Memorial Tournament DFS picks. However, if you want to save some salary and pivot off Charley’s bloated ownership %, take a look at Keegan Bradley.

What you’ll find is an elite ball-striker who’s been popping up on leaderboards ever since watching his idol win his 7th Super Bowl.

10 for 10 since Tom Brady secured ring #7, Bradley has finished inside the top 30 nine of those times. He’s gone 4th-2nd-18th-17th in his last four starts, and now he’s strolling into a golf course that demands precision off the tee and into the greens.

  • 3rd in Total Driving
  • 8th in SG: Approach
  • 4th in SG: Tee-to-Green

Keegan belongs on your radar this week.

Rick Fowler – $8,000

Forget about the fact that Fowler’s ranked outside of the top-100 in the world and is currently entered into a 36-hole sectional qualifier for the US Open. Instead, zero in on his recent performance and the increase in his self-belief.

For a guy who had been candid about his recent struggles, Fowler was singing a different tune even before his top-10 at the 2021 PGA Championship.

“I’m starting to feel pretty darn good. The last few months, it’s been a lot more just go play golf and not play golf swing. Put a lot of time in prior to the last few months of working on swing and doing the stuff we kind of needed to work on and accomplish. Now it’s just go play golf.”

This could be your final opportunity to latch onto a free-swinging Rickie Fowler at $8k on DraftKings for a while. The momentum he’s garnered is genuine.  

Gary Woodland – $7,900

Talk about garnering momentum; Gary Woodland looked lost early in the year and was battling through injuries. Fast forward to today, and he’s racked up a couple of top-6 finishes since April and is coming off a T14 at Colonial.

Returning to a golf course that he produced a pair of good finishes in 2020 (5th Workday Charity Open, 22nd at the Memorial Tournament), I’m penciling Woodland in as one of the top DFS picks for the Memorial Tournament. Gary got better each day last week and carded just one bogey over his final 29 holes.

Kyle Stanley – $6,100

Kyle wasn’t in Dublin for the Memorial in 2020, but the 33-year-old PGA Tour vet has plenty of good vibes at Jack’s Place after finishing T2 here in 2018. Speaking of good vibes, Stanley’s recent game log hints at a player who’s trending in the right direction.

Kyle Stanley’s Last 3 Starts
Date Tournament Finish
5/2/21 Valspar Championship T39
5/9/21 Wells Fargo Championship T26
5/30/21 Charles Schwab Challenge T8

Stanley’s starting to play with a lot more confidence, which was evident last week when he led the field last in SG: Tee-to-Green. The two-time winner has way too much upside to priced way down at $6,100.

My 2021 Memorial Tournament DFS Lineup for GPPs

Overview of Memorial Tournament DFS Picks
Collin Morikawa $10,400
Tony Finau $9,200
Keegan Bradley $8,000
Rickie Fowler $8,000
Gary Woodland $7,900
Kyle Stanley $6,100

Notice a theme regarding just about all of these Memorial Tournament DFS picks? Besides Rickie Fowler, I’ve targeted five premium ball-strikers who make a living off of wearing out the center of the club face.

It’s hard enough trying to predict who’s going to play well each week. It’s even harder to try and forecast who’s going to get hot with their putter. When in doubt, especially at a golf course as demanding as Muirfield Village, aim for the ball-strikers you can count on.

For more insight and picks for the Memorial Tournament in 2021, check out the post below.

Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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