We enter a two-week stretch on the PGA Tour in which we’re playing the same golf course. Muirfield Village, a Jack Nicklaus design, will play host to the Workday Charity Open this weekend. Next week, we’ll be back to normal with The Memorial, also at Muirfield. The course is supposed to be different for each tournament with the greens running slower and the rough a little shorter for Workday.
After a break from loaded fields, we’ve got a few notable names returning to play this week, including Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka. Let’s take a look at some top DFS DraftKings picks for Workday. You can set your DraftKings lineup here.
Xander Schauffele ($10,200)
It feels like everyone in this price range is being talked about except Schauffele. JT is back at the top, Jon Rahm is back in the field, Brooks is back. Everybody will be all over Patrick Cantlay since he won at Memorial last year. So Schauffele feels like a decent GPP play if his ownership comes in at around 12-15% like it did last week. It’s not like Xander has been off, he’s made the cut in all four events since returning. Schauffele has top 25 finishes in three of those events. It also helps that Xander finished 14th at Muirfield last year, gaining 7.1 strokes T2G.
Viktor Hovland ($9,500)
Hovland should be pretty chalky, but not as chalky as Justin Rose ($9,700), who is an absolute stud at Muirfield. There’s a lot to like about Hovland, though. Two key stats to look for this week are Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green and Strokes Gained: Approach. Who leads in both those categories over the past two months? Hovland. It also helps that Hovland’s Ball Striking has been incredible. Really, the only knock on his game is putting. Fortunately, we’ve seen plenty of weak putting performances at Memorial in the past that still resulted in wins.
Patrick Reed ($8,800)
Most of you probably either skipped over this section after seeing Reed here. Your groans are mutual but just stay with me for a second. A lot of lineups are going to be off Reed after the missed cut at Detroit Golf Club last week. This is a good thing, especially when we consider Reed’s price dropped from $10,500 in a weak field, to $8,800 in a somewhat better field. Reed still has good win equity and he does have a top 10 finish at Memorial back in 2016. If we can get Reed at sub-10% ownership in some GPPs, it could be the sharp move.
Corey Conners ($7,600)
Conners missed the cut his last time out at Travelers, but it was mostly his Around the Green play that hurt him. His irons were still good and he didn’t lose strokes T2G. Before the missed cut, Conners had nearly back-to-back top 20s, gaining 10.9 strokes T2G. His recent form is fine and really the big thing that sticks out is Conners’ Par 4 efficiency. Over the past two months, Conners is tied with Schauffele for first in SG: Par 4. Conners struggled at Memorial last year, but gained strokes putting. If that continues and recent form kicks in, Conners could make for a nice value play.