Expert Picks: 2016 Memorial Tournament


This week the 2016 fantasy golf season rolls along in Ohio, as 120 players tee it up at the Memorial Tournament. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Jason Day: It’s a toss up between the Big 3 this week, with Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all fresh off victories; but Muirfield Village is a home game for the Australian and he has all the tools to dominate, again.

Group 2: Hideki Matsuyama: The 2014 champion at the Memorial finished tied for fifth last year in Ohio and Matsuyama has three top-10 finishes in his last five starts.

Group 3: Charles Howell III: Although the veteran has never played particularly well at the Memorial, he has been even more consistent than normal this season, with five top 10s and just three missed cuts.

Group 4: Keegan Bradley: There’s not a lot in Bradley’s game at the moment that would suggest he’s poised for a breakthrough, but he tied for eighth last year at Jack’s Place and is in need of a spark.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Jason Day: Doesn’t have a great record at the Memorial, but he didn’t set up well at TPC Sawgrass and look what he did there last month. He’s a different player.

Group 2: Hideki Matsuyama: In two starts at Muirfield Village, Matsuyama has a victory and a T-5 finish. It seems he kind of likes the place.

Group 3: Chris Kirk: Three top-15 finishes in his last four starts. He was T-4 at the Memorial two years ago.

Group 4: Harold Varner III: Been playing some very solid golf for the last month or so, with two top-10 finishes.

Will Gray

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: It's tough to choose between the top three in the world, but I'll cast my lot with McIlroy who I think could be the least volatile of the three options on this week's layout given his record here.

Group 2: Matt Kuchar: Kuchar is annually one of the surest bets at Muirfield Village, with six straight top-15 finishes from 2008-2014, and he has finished T-6 or better in each of his last three starts overall.

Group 3: Chris Kirk: Kirk is hitting his stride after a slow start to the wraparound season, with top-15 finishes in five of his last eight starts and a T-4 finish here two years ago.

Group 4: Bryson DeChambeau: I thought last week was his chance to break out of a missed cut slump. I was wrong. Now I'm giving him one more chance.