2016 The Memorial Tournament Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following Jordan Spieth’s absurdly impressive finish last week at Colonial, the PGA Tour treks to The Buckeye State for one of the most coveted non-major tourneys in golf—The Memorial. 

Muirfield Village, the annual host course for the event, is a gorgeous, lush 7,392 yard track in Dublin, OH, which is heavily tree-lined and has deep bunkers and water hazards galore.  The par 72 layout is annually the toughest non-major on the PGA Tour, typically playing to a stroke average of between 73-74.  It demands extreme accuracy off the tee and a high-level of precision around the blazing fast greens, which average less than 5,000 square feet in size.

Another solid showing for my picks last week at the Colonial, as Ryan Palmer rebounded for me in a big way in finishing t-3rd as my Lockzilla, and my hot streak with Hosel-Rocket BUST picks continued as I spot on nailed Keegan Bradley to miss the cut.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Ryan Palmer t-3rd)

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
– The golfing world will be talking all about the big 3 this week, and rightfully so, but another world top 10 player cruises into Dublin this week in prime form, and I believe takes home the trophy.  DJ is in the midst of an extremely solid stretch, finishing 4th, t14th, t-5th, 3rd, t-4th, t-28th and t-12th in his past 7 events.  That t-28th was at the PLAYERS in which he played extremely well, other than a Saturday 77 when everyone not named Ken Duke shot high.  DJ absolutely feasts on par 5’s, and there are four of them that he’ll absolutely destroy this week.  DJ is your victor this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Haas t-47th)

Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman
– I was admittedly a little overly giddy with Leishman earlier in the season, but that’s not stopping me from remaining on board as he heats up.  He’s now made four of his past five cuts, including a t-13th last week at Colonial.  Also add in that he’s made six of seven cuts here at Memorial, including a t-5th last year and the Aussie is poised to bank another fat paycheck this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Keegan MC)

David Lingmerth
David Lingmerth
– I would just take Keegan Bradley again in this spot this week, but that’d be just too easy.  So, I’ll call for the defending champ to play his way into the weekend off.  Sans a playoff runner-up at the Career Builder Challenge back in January, Lingmerth’s last top 10 on Tour was (gulp) last August at the WGC Bridgestone at Firestone.  He’s always been extremely boom or bust, and there’ simply no reason to expect the former this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Kokrak t-55th)

Kevin Chappell
Kevin Chappell
– This soon-to-be 30-year-old is without question one of the best players on Tour sans a victory, and if he keeps playing like he has been of late, he’ll be adding to that trophy case sooner than later.  In his past 7 events, he has a 2nd place at Bay Hill, t-9th at the RBC Heritage, t-4th at the Valero Texas Open and 2nd at the PLAYERS Championship.  Oh yeah, and his final hole bogey to miss the cut last week at the Colonial means that he’ll be low owned this week, because people have been cursing his name ever since.  Sounds mighty familiar to Ryan Palmer at the AT&T Byron Nelson (where he was also straight chalk), who then rebounded to finish t-3rd the very next week.  Load up on some Chappell this week and thank me later.

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Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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