After Bryson DeChambeau walked away the winner in Detroit last week, the PGA TOUR moves the bubble to Dublin, Ohio for the next two events, which will both take place at Muirfield Village Golf Club. This Jack Nicklaus-designed course hosts The Memorial Tournament each year, and this year it will also host this week’s Workday Charity Open, a one-year fill-in for the canceled John Deere Classic. The course should be well known to the players from its time as host of The Memorial, and we’ll also get the rare opportunity to watch two tournaments on the same course in back-to-back weeks.
The field this week is pretty solid overall with Justin Thomas ($11,100), Jon Rahm ($10,900) and Patrick Cantlay ($10,600) leading the way at the top of the salary structure. Brooks Koepka ($10,400) will make his return following a couple of weeks off after withdrawing from the Travelers Championship after a positive COVID-19 test for his caddie. Just a little bit lower in price there is a strong tier of options including Rickie Fowler ($9,000), Hideki Matsuyama ($10,000), Patrick Reed ($8,800) and Jordan Spieth ($8,600). If you’re trying to fit multiple stars into your lineup for this week, you’ll need to stretch that salary cap. Each week, I’ve been highlighting four plays that can contribute to your team from their very affordable salaries under $7,500. They definitely come with risk, but they also allow you more freedom in your other roster spots.
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Ryan Armour, $7,400
Armour has been playing very well over the past few weeks and seems to be trending in the right direction coming into what is essentially a home game for him. He was born in nearby Akron, Ohio and attended Ohio State. While there won’t be fans on the course for him to be a favorite with, he should be extra motivated to show well in his home state. He has a very nice history at Muirfield Village with a pair of top-25 finishes at The Memorial the past two seasons.
Last week, Armour was in the hunt following a 69-64-67 start to the week in Detroit. He faded with a 72 on Sunday and finished tied for fourth. Armour has made the cut in each of his three events since the restart and also logged a top-10 finish at the Travelers Championship. He has nice upside due to his good form and familiarity with the course.
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Troy Merritt, $7,000
Merritt is coming off a strong finish at the Rocket Mortgage Classic as well after logging his first top 10 since last August. He started Sunday with a disastrous double bogey while playing with DeChambeau, and even though he bounced back and finished under par couldn’t keep up with his playing partner. He ended up with a solid T8 and was under par in each of his four rounds.
Last season at The Memorial, Merritt finished T17 after a scorching start to the week. He is known as a streaky golfer and can climb the leaderboard in a hurry when his putting cooperates. He has made the cut in three straight events and will hope for a DeChambeau-like finish to this week’s event.
Michael Thompson, $6,900
Thompson has gone three-for-three in making cuts since the restart, highlighted by a T8 at the RBC Heritage. He finished T64 last week in Detroit after he faded a bit on the weekend after a strong 69-68 start.
The main reason I like Thompson this week is his course history. He finished T14 at The Memorial last season with a strong finishing 68. He also made the cut in his two most recent appearances before that, including a top-10 finish in 2013. The 35-year-old veteran can be a good value and has been a solid Tour player over the past two seasons.
Chase Koepka, $6,000
Brooks’ younger brother got into the Travelers Championship through a Monday Qualifier but chose to withdraw after his brother’s caddie tested positive for COVID-19. He had played a practice round with Brooks and Graeme McDowell ($6,600), so he decided to give up his hard-earned spot. He’ll play this week on a sponsor’s exemption and make his sixth PGA TOUR appearance. Two of those events were the Zurich Classic, where he played as a team with Brooks and they even tied for fifth in 2017.
Chase is following Brooks’ path to the PGA TOUR by playing mostly on the Challenge Tour in Europe. He only had one top-20 finish last season on the Challenge Tour but did make the cut in both PGA TOUR events he played last fall with a 67th-place finish at the Shriners and a T46 at The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. He’s a long shot to contend at this point in his career, but so is everyone else at the minimum salary. He has shown he can play the weekend and it would be a nice end to his story if he were to have a strong finish this week. He’s an ultra-cheap punt play who could pay off while also allowing you to fit in plenty of high-salary options in your other roster spots.
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