The last time the PGA Tour played on the same course two weeks in a row, Dwight Eisenhower was President and a gallon of gas cost 30 cents. But 53 years later the signature course of Jack Nicklaus, Muirfield Village, will host the Workday Charity Open starting tomorrow followed by The Memorial next weekend.
There are four rounds, but for Showdown Challenge purposes we only care about one. The scores from Round 1, however long it takes, are the only ones that matter. And that might take a bit longer than usual, as rain and thunderstorms are expected in Dublin, Ohio on Thursday. That might affect whether you want early tee times that might get a loop in early and be in rhythm, or later players that could attack a softer track.
We make some picks for Round 1 below. Enter your lineups here.
Justin Thomas ($10,400)
Yum... chalk. Yes, we’re the guys that told you to pony up for Bryson DeChambeau all last week, and that worked out pretty well. So do it again, and do it because Thomas makes numbers. 4th in birdie average, 5th in scoring average, finished fourth in The Memorial three years ago, and second two years ago. Ignore the 80 he took in Round 2 last year, as he can fire at flags on a course he likes that will play easier this weekend than it will next.
Xander Schauffele ($9,200)
Opened with a 63 last week at Detroit Golf Club, which much like Muirfield will this week, should be a pretty easy loop for the pros. Schauffele is eighth in birdie average, seventh in scoring average, and finished 14th at The Memorial last year. He can go low, and he puts up red numbers on holes.
Jordan Spieth ($8,200)
No one clobbers easy courses like the Texas Longhorn, who finished seventh last year at The Memorial and shot a 66 to open. The best part about Spieth for DFS purposes is his scorecards have tons of weird shapes drawn around the numbers, both good and bad. But DFS scoring rewards birdies and eagles more than they are harmed by bogeys and “others.” Spieth does post a lot of “others,” but it’s pales compared to what he can do when he’s scoring.
Cameron Champ ($7,600)
He can go low, is in form, and has a game for DFS. He’s averaging 73 fantasy points per tournament, which is 12th amongst this week’s 157 golfers. He’s 11th in birdie average, made 22 birdies in 72 holes last week, and the easier layout should favor his game over the 72-77 he posted at last year’s Memorial before being cut. Also shot a 69 to open last week in Detroit and a 66 to close, and his -14 had him finish T12. For sure value here as he’s under the median golfer price.