Fantasy Island The Memorial

By Rex HoggardJune 2, 2009, 4:00 pm
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One of the PGA Tours perennially toughest layouts has been softened this year, with rough heights reduced and an end to the furrowed bunker experiment. How this impacts the leaderboard remains to be seen, but expect to see a few more bombers among the upper crust as well as a few more birdies.

Pick a Foursome: Tiger Woods, a three-time Memorial winner who hasnt finished outside the top 22 in his last eight starts at Jack Nicklaus soiree, has a better record than Ogilvy, but the Aussie ' despite that closing 74 at Colonial ' may be a little sharper.
Ditto for Ben Curtis, who may not have the best record at Memorial but following back-to-back top-10 finishes in Europe his game seems to be peaking at the right time. A win at Nicklaus event would be like a second major for the Ohio native.
Picks: Geoff Ogilvy, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).

Salary Cap: We went heavy on Aussies this week. Ogilvy is an Open player who should excel on an Open venue, Mathew Goggin was among the pack that finished two behind Kenny Perry last year and after an injury-plagued start to his career Jason Day s fourth-place finish at Colonial is his second top-5 of 09 and a sign hes ready to deliver on all that potential.
Picks: Geoff Ogilvy, Ben Curtis, Mathew Goggin, Paul Casey, Jason Day (Total: $9.38 million)
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.

Pick One: Kenny Perry. The Kentuckian has two Memorial titles and has finished outside the top 25 at Muirfield Village just twice in a decade. Even at a dialed-down layout, Perrys game is a perfect fit and the best part of the week is he can drive home after the award ceremony.
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardLuke DonaldSince returning from wrist surgery the Englishman has been solid with eight top 25s in 11 starts, and his tie for sixth last year in Ohio should have been even better if not for a 56-putt weekend.$2,385,119
Jay CoffinStewart CinkTim Clark killed me last week!!! This week well go with Cink, who hasnt missed a cut at the Memorial in the past 11 years and has four top-10 finishes at Muirfield.$4,158,652
Mercer BaggsTiger WoodsSince David Toms isnt playing this week, Ill go with Tiger. Eldrick hasnt won here since 2001, so hes due. Ill get back on the Toms train in Memphis.$3,619,661
Erik PetersonJim Furyk Im counting on you, Jim Furyk, to springboard me from my current state of mediocrity. $2,973,452
Brian KoresselLuke DonaldHis game is rounding into shape and had a solid showing last year at Muirfield Village.$4,556,492
Dena DavisKenny PerryThe defending champion feels right at home at Jack's place. It's where he notched his first win on the PGA Tour in '91. And it's where he has three titles and an additional nine top-25 finishes. I don't mind that.$2,931,772
Jerry FoltzErnie ElsNow that I'm rapidly closing in on 3rd to last in this pool, I'm feeling cocky, so maybe some of my new found confidence will rub off on the 'Big Easy,' which is the only ingredient missing for him right now. $2,569,813


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