After a few weekends in Texas, the PGA Tour heads north to Dublin, Ohio for the 2013 version of the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Host Jack Nicklaus helped design this well-known par-72 course which will also host the Presidents Cup later this year. What can we expect this week in Dublin? Check my picks below.
Last week, my picks did well for the first three rounds bur vanished in the final round and finished with 139 points, but Ball Washers won their second week in a row with champion Boo Weekley leading the way. Foot-Wedge still leads the segment with MT Cup close behind. In the full season standings, Eagle’s Nest still holds the lead by 32 over Foot-Wedge as we head into the final four weeks of the Spring Segment.
This week I’m going with some more established names on my roster in this star-studded field. Here’s my picks for the Memorial:
Tiger Woods: An obvious pick to be sure, but I’ve been saving Tiger starts for places like this. With seven starts left for Woods, Muirfield Village is a no-brainer with Tiger’s history at the venue. He’s won the Memorial Tournament five times and has three other top 5’s in his 13 carrer appearances. Woods has also been playing exceptional this season with four wins including his last start at THE PLAYERS Championship. Unless you’re very short on Woods starts, he has to lead your A-list this week.
Brandt Snedeker: Sneds has a pair of top 10’s in his last three starts-a t6 at Augusta and a t8 at THE PLAYERS. He hasn’t made a cut in his five previous visits to Muirfield Village, but with Woods at the top of the list I can take a risk at this pick.
Other Options: Bubba Watson, Brendon de Jonge
Justin Rose: Rose won this event in 2010 and has four other career top-15 finishes. Last year, he finished solo-8th and has been in fine form with three top ten’s and six top 25’s in his seven starts on the PGA Tour.
Keegan Bradley: Bradley returned to form with a solo second at the Byron Nelson and comes into the Memorial with six top ten finishes already this year. He hasn’t been able to get the win, but I think it could easily come this week. He missed the cut in his two previous visits, but his game fits the venue well making him a solid start in a deep B-List.
Webb Simpson: Simpson has been steady this year with five top 15’s including his last start which came at TPC Sawgrass. His best finish was a solo runner-up at the RBC Heritage. In 2011 he finished t7 at the Memorial before missing the cut last year.
Luke Donald: In his seven PGA Tour starts, Donald has finished in the top-25 all but one time. He has a pair of top 5’s this season. In his last four appearances at the Memorial he has finished in the top 15. He’s a fairly safe pick, and with Bradley and Simpson more risky I feel like I need stability.
Other Options: Matt Kuchar (running low on starts or I’d have him), Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Graham DaLaet,
Adam Scott: Scott has a pair of top 5’s at Muirfield Village and has made the cut in all five of his Stroke-play events this season. He has only played once since his Masters win-a t19 at TPC Sawgrass.
Jason Day: I’m keeping the C-List all-Aussie and going with Day. He’s made the cut in two of his four trips to the Memorial with a t27 as his best finish. He’s coming off a t27 two weeks ago at the Byron Nelson and has a total of four top 10’s this year on Tour.
Other Options: Lee Westwood, Henrik Stenson