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The Memorial Tournament: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Zack Bussiere
Zack Bussiere@ZackBussiere
The Memorial Tournament: Daily Fantasy Picks and Helper

Robert MacIntyre earned the first PGA title of his career with his father on the bag at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday.

Now, the PGA Tour heads to Dublin, Ohio for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club -- the seventh signature event of the season.

The event will feature a 36-hole cut for the top 50 (plus ties) and any player within 10 shots of the lead.

Here's all you need to know for PGA DFS on FanDuel for this week's signature event.

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Muirfield Village Golf Club Course Info

All course data from GCSAA unless otherwise noted.

  • Par: 72
  • Distance: 7,569 yards
  • Average Fairway Width: 33.9 yards (51st of 86 courses)
  • Average Green Size: 5,000 square feet (small)
  • Green Type: Bentgrass
  • Stimpmeter: N/A
  • Recent Winning Scores: -7, -13, -13, -9, -19
  • Recent Cut Lines: +3, +2, +2, +3, +1

Muirfield Village Golf Club Key Stats

The Memorial Tournament DFS Top Plays

These picks stand out relative to their FanDuel daily fantasy golf salary. All stats cited below originate at datagolf and reference ranks relative to the field over the past 50 rounds unless otherwise noted. All betting odds come from the golf betting odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.

The Memorial Tournament Daily Fantasy Studs

Scottie Scheffler ($14,000 | +360)

Scottie Scheffler is back in the field and has a salary of $14,000 -- $1,600 more than Rory McIlroy ($12,400) in second. Scheffler leads the field in every strokes gained stat except around the green, where he is third, and putting, where he continues to improve and is 36th in the field. Scheffler ranking ahead of the field in strokes gained stats is nothing new, but the edges he has in strokes gained: approach and strokes gained: around the green will be even more advantageous this week at Muirfield.

The rough at Muirfield is brutal. On datagolf's course table, it has the third-highest penalty on drives that land in the rough and the fifth-highest difficulty in around-the-green shots from the rough. Combine that with it being the 10th-hardest course to gain strokes on approach, sixth-hardest on approach shots of more than 150 yards, and 16th-hardest for greens in regulation and you wind up with an extreme premium placed on approach play and play around the greens. Once on the green, things get easier -- Muirfield ranks 42nd in difficulty for strokes gained: putting.

So, what we have is a course that demands exceptional tee-to-green play but is slightly easier to putt at than the average PGA Tour course. That is a perfect fit for Scheffler, and his past performances here show that. In 2023 he finished last in the field (-1.99 strokes per round) in strokes gained: putting and still finished third in the event -- ranking first in every other strokes gained stat except total strokes gained.

Everything Scheffler did well last year he is doing well again in 2024, but now he is putting better. It all lines up for him to be in contention come Sunday and extend his absurdly impressive run of results.

Xander Schauffele ($12,200 | +900)

Alongside Scheffler and Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele is one of three golfers in the field this week who rank inside the top 10 in both strokes gained: approach (fourth) and strokes gained: around the green (eighth). Schauffele will be teeing it up for the first time since winning the PGA Championship. Finally free from the narrative that formed around his lack of victories since 2022, he has the game to go on a run in the second half of the season.

Schauffele is the only golfer in the field who ranks inside the top 10 in every strokes gained category. Over the last three months, he ranks second in total strokes gained per round (+3.09) -- well behind Scheffler (who is at a mind boggling +3.93) but well ahead of Rory McIlroy in third (+2.42).

Schauffele has been good but not great at Muirfield in the past. After missing the cut in his debut in 2018, he has finished T24 or better in his six appearances since, with six top 20s but no top 10s. His approach play has remained excellent, but he has rotated between losing strokes putting and around the green in his last five appearances. Entering this week, both those parts of his game are dialed in -- his strokes gained putting average this season (+0.61) is the second-best of his career, and his strokes gained around the green average is at a career-best mark (+0.44).

Others to Consider:

  • Collin Morikawa ($11,800 | +1400)
  • Viktor Hovland ($11,200 | +1800)
  • Justin Thomas ($10,800 | +3000)

The Memorial Tournament Daily Fantasy Mid-Range Plays

Tony Finau ($9,800 | +6500)

Like Scheffler, Tony Finau will also benefit from a course that demands more from tee-to-green play than putting. Finau is sixth in the field in strokes gained: approach and 11th in strokes gained: tee to green but 68th in strokes gained: putting. His putting has been closer to average recently, with +0.07, -0.19, -0.05, and -0.08 strokes gained in his last four events -- that's a significant improvement off some of his results from early 2024.

Finau's approach game is also best from 200-plus yards -- a key distance this week. Overall, Muirfield is close to the PGA Tour average on approach shot distances, but there are slightly fewer from 125-175 yards and slightly more from 200-225 and 250+ yards. In 2024, on approach shots from more than 200 yards, Finau is in the 96th percentile in strokes gained per shot, 95th in proximity, and 93rd in poor shot avoidance -- per datagolf's approach skill tool.

Finau's accuracy off the tee is a concern, but when he does end up in the rough off the tee, he has been one of the best on tour in approach play. On shots of more than 150 yards from the rough, he is in the 97th percentile or better in strokes gained per shot, proximity, and greens in regulation. Finau is also seventh on the PGA Tour this season in Par 5 Birdie or Better Rate -- Muirfield's Par 5s are some of the more difficult on tour, but they still represent the best scoring opportunities this week.

Sam Burns ($9,700 | +5500)

Sam Burns is fourth on tour in Par 5 Birdie or Better Rate this season and comes into this week in decent form, with a T10 (RBC Canadian Open), MC (PGA Championship), and T13 (Wells Fargo Championship) in his last three events. A horrific putting performance (-2.53 strokes per round) and inaccuracy off the tee were behind the missed cut at the PGA Championship -- but those are two parts of his game that are usually strengths. He is 28th in the field in driving accuracy and 25th in strokes gained: putting.

Burns has started to display the form that earned him four top-10 finishes in his first five events this season. Two of his three best strokes gained: approach weeks this season have come in his last three events along with two of his top four strokes gained: off the tee performances. He also has decent course history here, with two top-20 finishes across his last three appearances, including a T16 last year.

Others to Consider:

  • Russell Henley ($9,700 | +5000)
  • Si Woo Kim ($9,600 | +6000)
  • Keegan Bradley ($9,400 | +7000)
  • Alex Noren ($9,000 | +6000)

The Memorial Tournament Daily Fantasy Value Plays

Sepp Straka ($8,900 | +7000)

Sepp Straka has the approach play and accuracy off the tee to compete at Muirfield, and those parts of his game have been on display in recent weeks. He is 18th in the field in strokes gained approach and fifth in accuracy. He has gained at least +1.01 strokes per round on approach in each of his last five events and has hit at least 10% more fairways than the field in five of his last six. Since THE PLAYERS Championship, he has six top-20 finishes and two missed cuts in eight events, including two top 10s in his last three events.

Keeping the ball out of the rough will be crucial for Straka. He is 50th in the field in strokes gained: around the green and ranks in the 33rd percentile in proximity out of the rough from 150 of fewer yards and the 45th percentile out of the rough from more than 150 yards. His approach play and accuracy directly mitigate those concerns, but he has lost strokes around the green in each of his five appearances at Muirfield.

On the plus side, he has gained strokes putting in four of his five appearances and finished T16 here last season while gaining +1.99 strokes on approach per round.

Tom Hoge ($8,800 | +9000)

Tom Hoge has struggled at Muirfield in the past, with four missed cuts and a 65th-place finish in his last five appearances. Things could be different this week with Hoge playing the best golf of his career in 2024 thanks to a drastic improvement in strokes gained: approach. Looking at strokes gained on approach per shot since January 1st, he is in the 99th percentile from 100-150 yards, 85th from 150-175 yards, and 94th from more than 200 yards. From more than 150 yards in the rough, he is the 97th percentile in strokes gained per shot and in the 99th percentile in proximity.

Hoge is second in the field in strokes gained: approach and ninth in total strokes gained. His lack of distance shouldn't hurt him as much here, and his accuracy (21st in the field) is a plus. He has eight top-20 finishes in 17 events this season and finished T23 at the PGA Championship before a T17 finish at this the Charles Schwab Challenge. He is 18th on tour in Par 5 Birdie or Better Rate and 17th in Bogey Avoidance.

Others to Consider:

  • Denny McCarthy ($8,900 | +8000)
  • Austin Eckroat ($7,900 | +15000)
  • Lee Hodges ($7,500 | +22000)

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