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The Fantasy Golf Sommelier – the Memorial Tournament

Greetings fellow golf addicts and welcome back to this weeks edition of the Fantasy Golf Sommelier for The Memorial. What a week last week was also at Muirfield with a dramatic finish and Collin Morikawa winning in a playoff. Damn he’s gonna be good for a long time. That kid is no joke people. So this week we get to run it back on the same course but tougher conditions with very quick greens and a little more rough. With the field we have (one of the strongest ever for a regular event outside of a major) I’m expecting another fantastic tournament with hopefully an electric finish just like we had last Sunday. Oh, and Tiger’s back. So there’s that also.

On to the wine talk. It’s going to be brief today folks because to be honest I have a sick child at home today that we just found out had a fever and I’m a little concerned. That also means I will probably drink more copious amounts of wine in the next few days. Yes that’s a terrible way to cope with anxiety but I’ll more than likely do it anyway. That said, I have one singular wine tip in today’s FGS. It’s a big one so pay real close attention. Ok here goes. WINE IS REALLY F’IN GOOD. Bome.

Alright! That’s all I got for this week. Let’s dive in to The Memorial plays of the week. As always, we are going to use the classic Wine Spectator 100 point scale for the picks (think of it like a confidence factor):

  • 95-100 Classic: a great wine
  • 90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
  • 85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities
  • 80-84 Good: a solid well-made wine
  • 75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 50-74 Not recommended (or a very shitty wine)

So, here we go, let’s stroll on down into the sommeliers’ cellar of fine golf plays for the week…

Dustin Johnson – $10,300 – 96 Points – DJ is back in the field following a win at the Travelers and a two week break and I think primed for another great week at The Memorial this week. DJ had somewhat of a lackluster start to the year but his game is really coming around based off his performance at the Travelers where he gained strokes in almost every key stat including Approach, Scrambling, and Putting. I’m also seeing much lower ownership right now than I initially thought (less than 10% in GPP’s) on DraftKings making DJ another great play this week with a ton of upside for your tournament lineups.

Jon Rahm – $9,300 – 92 Points –  As I mentioned on the pod this week, I think Rahm will have a huge week after a closing 64 last week where it looked like he just might have found something with his irons. Jon gained 4.3 strokes on approach Sunday which is his best approach number at least dating back to the first of the year. He’s also checking the box in Scrambling, Greens in Regulation, Bogey Avoidance and is top 25 in the field over his last 100 rounds putting on bent. I would expect a little ownership boost based off Sunday, but Rahm has been around 15% or less the last few weeks and if that’s the case again I think he makes for a fantastic DraftKings tournament play at The Memorial.

Pop the Cork on him and Let it Breathe – This is the guy we didn’t mention on the pod but after further review, popped later in the week and is a sneaky good, possibly low owned play. 

 Webb Simpson – 92 Points – I gotta be honest, I’m kind of surprised Webb didn’t come up on the show, but at least it now allows me to sneak him in as the Pop the Cork play of the week! As we are all well award Webb has been one of the top players in the world outside of Bryson since the restart and I don’t expect anything to change this week. Webb hasn’t played here since 2017 where he finished T67, but the year before that he did quite well with a solo 11th placed finish so he’s we’ve at least seen him have some success here in recent years. Simpson is a fantastic ball striker with a great approach game, so if his putter stays hot he should absolutely be in contention again this Sunday.

The $10 Wine Special – Priced like a Sutter Home, plays like a Caymus!

Adam Hadwin – $7,400 – 89 Points – Adam Hadwin has been playing some very solid golf since the restart making all 4 cuts in the events he’s played with a 4th at the Rocket Mortgage and a T35 last week here a Muirfield. It’s pretty much a lock that Hadwin will putt well almost every week as he is one of the best putters on tour and ranks in the top 15 in putting on bent in this field. He’s also been very good with his irons recently gaining strokes on approach in every tournament since the restart. At a projected ownership also of less than 10% in DraftKings tournaments I think Hadwin is definitely a BOMEworthy play this week.

Troy Merritt – $6,600 – 86 Points – I’m diving deep here ladies and gents because sometimes I just think you need a diamond in the rough in these strong field events if you want to win that huge GPP (with our avatar of course).  Merritt is definitely not a sexy name, but he’s a damn good golfer and has proven that having made 4 straight cuts with a T8 two weeks ago at the Rocket Mortgage and another solid T22 finish just last week at the Workday. Troy is extremely accurate off the tee ranking in the top 20 in the field and rarely gets himself into situations where he’s throwing out big numbers as evidence by ranking 3rd in the field in Bogey Avoidance. Merritt has also been very solid with iron play (33rd in Greens is Regulation) and is checking the box in proximity as well which is another stat I love this week. It’s a flyer for sure but I’m very confident Merritt can help lead to those green screens this week. Hell, maybe you won’t even be tempted to delete the DraftKings app on Sunday!

Boone’s Farm Vintage Fade of the Week – Boone’s Farm is basically convenience store wine we drank in college and possibly could kill you (not really, but it’s gross).

Justin Rose – $8,900 – I really don’t think the price is all that bad this week, and he’s probably going to be fairly low owned, but those are about the only two possible reasons I would even think of gambling and putting Rose’ in your lineups on DraftKings this week. His game just hasn’t been in good form with two straight missed cuts at the Travelers and last week on this exact course. Rose has been somewhat lost with his irons the last couple weeks as well ranking 69th in the field in Strokes Gained Approach, and 89th in Greens in Regulation over his last 12 rounds. Justin is also 59th in Scrambling and 118th in Proximity which is a stat I like this week and showed up well at Muirfield Village in last weeks tournament. All that said, I think you fade Rose for better options until he shows us some good form.

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