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GOLF — Jason Kokrak (undisclosed) withdrew after Round 1 of the Memorial Tournament
Kokrak ($6,900; 6.5 DraftKings Fantasy Points) did not give a reason for withdrawing, but honestly, at this point, I can’t blame him for not wanting to spend another moment in Dublin, Ohio. The 35-year-old missed the cut at last week’s Workday Charity Open after shooting a 6-over 78 on Friday and he followed that up by going 7-over during the first round of the Memorial. It’s the continuation of what’s been a rough stretch for Kokrak, as he’s now missed the cut at the last four events he’s played. Still, he does have a T3 at the Charles Schwab Challenge since the restart, so it’s not all bad. He was 0.6% owned in the DraftKings Millionaire contest. — Garion Thorne
Kokrak was Thursday’s second withdrawal after Nate Lashley ($6,200; 6.0 DKFP) withdrew earlier in the day. Lashley shot a +6 in Round 1 before withdrawing due to a back injury. Lashley was just 0.18% owned in the DraftKings PGA TOUR Millionaire contest.
Early on Friday, Danny Lee ($6,400; 7.0 DKFP) also withdrew from the tournament, citing an ankle injury. Lee shot a hideous total score of +14 and shot +6 during Round 2 before withdrawing. Lee was only 0.22% owned in the DraftKings PGA TOUR Millionaire contest.
Recaps from Round 1 of the Memorial Tournament
Tiger in the hunt after Day 1 at the Memorial Tournament — Tiger Woods ($9,000; 21.0 DraftKings Fantasy Points) made his first appearance on the PGA TOUR since the restart and has himself squarely in the mix after shooting a one-under 71 on Thursday. After playing in some terribly windy conditions, this leaves him only five shots back of the leader. Woods’ four birdies and three bogeys leave him with 21 DKFP through the first day of the tournament. He was one of the most popular players in this week’s DraftKings Millionaire Maker contest, posting an ownership rate of 20.88%. Woods excelled on approach on Thursday, gaining 2.95 strokes versus the field. If he gets hot with the putter, something Woods has done plenty in his illustrious career, we could be getting some Tiger roars on Sunday. — Anthony Amico
Tony Finau leads the Memorial Tournament after Day 1 — With extremely windy conditions, scoring was at a premium Thursday at the Memorial, but Finau ($8,300; 61.5 DraftKings Fantasy Points) was able to rise above the field, shooting a six-under 66. He made nine birdies and three bogeys and currently sits at 61.5 DKFP. Helping to make up for the conditions was Finau’s putter. He gained a whopping 4.42 strokes on the green, about a full stroke more than the next-closest golfer. Finau was a bit contrarian this week in the Millionaire Maker, coming in at just 11.38% ownership despite a $8,300 price tag. — Anthony Amico
Dustin Johnson shoots an 80 at the Memorial Tournament — The last time we saw Dustin Johnson ($10,300; 8.0 DraftKings Fantasy Points), he was winning the Travelers Championship back on the last weekend of June. Still, the 36-year-old really wasn’t subject to that much recency bias, as Johnson came into Thursday with a paltry 9.2% ownership in DraftKings’ Millionaire Maker contest. Guess what? The public was right to fade him. Johnson had a nightmarish afternoon at the Memorial, shooting an 8-over round of 80. In fact, when it was all said and done, Johnson’s card featured four bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey after finding the water on the 12th hole. Rickie Fowler ($8,800; 3.0 DKFP) was another big name who had a forgettable day, shooting 9-over. — Garion Thorne
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