The U.S. Open is rapidly approaching, but before the PGA Tour reaches another major, there is plenty of golf to be played. The tour heads to Muirfield Village for the 2022 Memorial Golf Tournament, which is a regular stop each season. The Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament draws many of the best players in the world and offers lucrative paydays. In One and Done, this is a week that will balance golfers remaining and making sure to target someone with high upside at Memorial.
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Tommy Fleetwood was a trendy pick last week as he came off a top-five at the PGA Championship, displaying impressive ball striking. Some of that tee-to-green game was on display at Colonial, but after making the cut Fleetwood fizzled out on the weekend. He did cash a check, but he wasn’t a factor in the tournament and he certainly didn’t move the needle on yearly money totals.
Viktor Hovland set up well given his ball-striking abilities. His chipping and putting are always concerns, but Hovland breezed through to Round 3 and was set up nicely. Unfortunately, similar to Fleetwood, he didn’t make much noise on the weekend and that limited the payday to an uneventful 21st-place finish. The frustrating thing here is Hovland actually got hot with the putter over the four days, but the chipping once again was suspect and the ball striking wasn’t as precise.
Harold Varner III
Harold Varner gave his backers their money’s worth, but what an incredibly tough outcome. Varner surged into contention and had a legitimate chance for his breakthrough win on Sunday. Seemingly out of nowhere, he went from tied for the lead to completely out of the tournament with a triple, double, triple-bogey combination. That is rare for a quality player in contention, but it was an expensive run of holes. Varner was minimal opportunity cost, but given where he sat on Sunday, he should have offered more for One and Done pools.
The Memorial Tournament 2022 PGA One and Done Picks
If Jon Rahm is available and he isn’t reserved for a future event, then he has to be a target here. Rahm loves this place, as he won in 2020 and would have repeated if it weren’t for a Sunday withdraw due to COVID. His all-around game fits the tight, difficult layout, and he seems to respond on these really quick greens. Rahm is always an incredibly consistent player, and outside of disappointing results in the majors, his season is littered with top-end finishes. He checks most of the boxes this week if not reserving him for other events later on.
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This is an interesting one, as Patrick Reed hasn’t been in the conversation in One and Done for most of the season. It’s been a rough 2022 for Reed, and it’s all due to extreme issues off the tee and with the irons. His ball striking has been so bad that even his elite around-the-green game and putting have not given him much upside. Reed is a grinder, and lately he is trending towards the world-class player he usually is. It’s possible it’s just a blip on the radar and the struggles will continue, but after last week’s showing, where he gained strokes in all four categories, he deserves real consideration for One and Done this week.
Collin Morikawa is another world-class player who clearly is in the One and Done conversation this week. He heads into Memorial off an average 40th-place finish last week at the Charles Schwab. The 3.5 strokes lost putting were the problem, and that’s a common theme for one of the world’s best iron players. At Memorial that will be tested again, but the fifth-place at Augusta shows he can handle the fast greens that he is expected to see here.
The Memorial Tournament 2022 One and Done Pick: Patrick Reed
As it gets later in the season, a lot of choices will depend on standings in One and Done pools and who is still available. Those who have punted some weeks can go for a top-end player since there are big names left, while stealing a week could be optimal if the top of the board is not available. This column has been average at best the last few weeks, so the play is to be more aggressive with Patrick Reed. His short game has been fantastic all season, and in the last few starts Reed is finding the weekend thanks to improved ball striking. He has experience and some quality results around this track, and given the difficult layout, this could be the last opportunity to buy low on Reed before he fully returns to form.PGA DFS projections for Yahoo!, the DraftKings DFS PGA showdown projections for this week and the FanDuel PGA DFS ownership projections for this week are made and used by Alex Baker, the No. 1 DFS player in the world. DFS PGA rankings for this week will be posted at least a day in advance of any tournament. Looking for more DFS PGA DraftKings picks and PGA DFS picks for FanDuel?
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