And just like that, we've arrived at the penultimate event of Segment 3 in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf.
Since we can't count on future commitments, and because next week's RBC Canadian Open will be contested at Hamilton Golf & Country Club for the first time in seven years, go ahead and exhaust your last starts for any and all notables in the field at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Moreover, with generous fairways and an invitation to step on it on most tees, fantasy scoring should increase a bit.
The U.S. Open on June 13-16 will launch the fourth and final Segment. Sectional qualifying will be conducted at eight sites in the United States and one each in England and Canada on Monday, June 3. As always, PGATOUR.COM will recap all.
Qualifiers will be added to the dedicated page for all majors by Tuesday. Scroll to REMAINING QUALIFYING CRITERIA for other information.
PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf
My roster for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (in alphabetical order):
You’ll find my starters in Expert Picks.
Others to consider for each category (in alphabetical order):
Scoring: Jason Day; Matt Every; Rickie Fowler; Marc Leishman; Rory McIlroy; Phil Mickelson; Xander Schauffele; Adam Scott; Jordan Spieth; Gary Woodland
Driving: Keegan Bradley; Jason Day; Rickie Fowler; Lucas Glover; Emiliano Grillo; Charles Howell III; Jason Kokrak; Hideki Matsuyama; Louis Oosthuizen; Gary Woodland
Power Rankings Wild Card
Kyle Stanley ... Bottom line, can we trust him? His record at Muirfield Village alone will inflate ownership percentages – third (2013), T6 (2017), T2 (2018) – but the 2019 portion of his season has resembled the career trough that he experienced in 2014 and 2015. There's been some evidence that it's just a blip, but that's also relative term. The conservative in me can't advise usage this week as expectations are higher than his recent form supports.
Xander Schauffele … Despite last week's surprise at Colonial, we need to refocus on the fact that he's a big-stage performer. Outside the majors, it doesn't get any bigger than at Muirfield Village and in this week's field where he's surrounded by fellow A-listers.
Henrik Stenson … Popped for a T13 here last year, which isn't surprising until you realize that it was his first top-40 in five tries. His form has been off of late – relatively speaking – but his propensity to make most cuts is of greater value given last week's carnage at Colonial. Set and forget.
Ryan Moore … When he withdrew early from last week's Charles Schwab Challenge, the hope was that he'd commit to the Memorial for the 14th consecutive year. Good for us as he's registered eight top-25s in the tournament, including a T13 last year. He's always been a horse for a course, so he's an easy play.
Luke List … Worth the plunge in all formats as he's coming off a sparkling performance at Bethpage where he ranked second in Strokes Gained: Putting en route to a solo sixth. That's usually his weakness that stunts progress over time, and his tee-to-green strength is rewarded at Muirfield Village where he's making his third consecutive appearance, so he's poised for another special week.
Keegan Bradley … When he's on, he can be a force at Muirfield Village. He's proven it before with a pair of T8s, a T23 and a dozen red numbers in the last four editions.
Peter Uihlein … He answered my challenge to see it again. After a T5 at Trinity Forest, he finished T13 at Colonial. They are two of only three results better than T60 in 2019. Lock and load at Muirfield Village where he's placed T25 (2017) and fifth (2018) with a scoring average of 70.13.
Jason Kokrak … DFSers were wiping away the tears after he pulled out of the Charles Schwab Challenge early, but they're now faced with the prospect that something will give at Muirfield Village. He's gone 10 consecutive months without missing a cut, but he's only 1-for-5 in the Memorial with a T35 in 2017. Let course-history buffs abstain.
Charles Howell III … Returned to action immediately after a sore hip forced him to walk off Trinity Forest with a T41 at Bethpage. He's perfect in six trips to Muirfield Village since 2011, so consider reserving a spot on your bench in PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf.
Byeong Hun An
Harold Varner III
Bryson DeChambeau … He didn't answer the bell for the benefit of the doubt at Colonial, but I wonder if there was a hangover effect on the numerous notables who didn't play well immediately after the PGA Championship. It's a new schedule, so we can't rule that out. Nevertheless, the defending champion at Muirfield Village has missed three straight cuts and he's logged only one top-25 in his last eight starts. This is a good time to remember that he's in just his third season as a PGA TOUR member. Respect the learning curve.
Kevin Kisner … This opinion comes a place of an abundance of caution. While he's recorded a pair of top 10s at Muirfield Village, they're his only top-45 finishes in five appearances. That's splitting hairs, but he hasn't finished inside the top 20 of an individual, stroke-play competition in 2019. It's a message you've read in this space before, so that's been on the radar.
Andrew Putnam … Despite his victory at Montrêux last year, he's developed a reputation as a small-ball threat, and an infrequent one at that. I've loved his rise over time, and he can support any league contender, but leave him to those formats.
J.B. Holmes … In full disclosure, he's my Kryptonite – one example, anyway – but his only cut made in individual, stroke-play competition since winning at Riviera in February is a T62 at the Masters. Still, if you're keen, I wouldn’t talk you out of his fit at Muirfield Village where he finished inside the top 15 in 2016 and 2018.
Si Woo Kim … Since a T21 at the Masters, he's missed four consecutive cuts, so this is the safe play in this field. He'll also be overpriced for contrarians in DFS.
Returning to Competition
Louis Oosthuizen … Lo and behold, after I proclaimed him to be in the bull's-eye of what prevails at Colonial, he withdrew on the morning of the opening round with a sore neck. Obviously always safer than sorry, ignore last week's disappointment with a return to lineups in all roster games at Muirfield Village. He placed T13 here last year.
Pat Perez … A sore calf led to his early exit during the second round at last week's Charles Schwab Challenge. He had returned from an injured left calf to post a pair of top 15s before a T78 at the PGA Championship. Gotta give him the benefit of the doubt at Muirfield Village where he's 9-for-9 since 2008 with four top 25s.
Sam Ryder … An injured left wrist forced him to walk off Harbour Town during his opening round of the RBC Heritage a month ago. Because he opened his season with top fives in two of his first three starts, the PGA TOUR sophomore has been empowered to wait until he's truly ready to get back inside the ropes. While he fills the stats sheet and sits 85th in the FedExCup, give him at least one event to reconnect with the competitive juices. He's also making his Memorial debut.
Grayson Murray … Committed to the Web.com Tour's Rex Hospital Open. He's been out since withdrawing during the first round of the Valero Texas Open with a sore back. It was his fifth mid-tournament WD in 11 months. His membership exemption for winning the 2017 Barbasol Championship expires this season, so he'd be poised for a medical extension in 2019-20, if necessary. At 200th in the FedExCup standings, the 25-year-old would need a whiz-bang summer to sidestep that fate.
Kevin Na … Understandably celebrating his third PGA TOUR title at Colonial on Sunday as it lifted him 58 spots to 27th in the FedExCup standings. He already was exempt into the U.S. Open, so his short-range scheduling wasn't affected.
Daniel Berger … Hasn't played the Memorial since 2016, so this wasn't a surprising decision. He's connected five cuts made and ranks 120th in the FedExCup in only 13 starts. If he can retain the status quo, he'll be a bargain in salary games in 2019-20.
Stewart Cink … He remains out indefinitely with a back injury. Sits 172nd in the FedExCup.
Vijay Singh … He's competing in the Principal Charity Classic on the PGA TOUR Champions instead. The 56-year-old is 25th on the Charles Schwab Cup money list but just 178th in the FedExCup standings.
Thorbjørn Olesen … After three straight starts, including missing the cut in his homeland at the Made in Denmark, he's opted for rest. While on his road trip, he qualified for the U.S. Open via his spot just inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking. With his equivalent of 169.013 FedExCup points, he'd rank 156th among members. Even if he'd finish inside the top 125 at the conclusion of the Wyndham Championship, it's unclear if he'd accept membership in 2019-20. It wasn't a successful foray for him in 2013-14 and it'll be a Ryder Cup year in 2020, but he's much more experienced, so he might bite. Just needs to qualify first.
Power Rankings Recap – Charles Schwab Challenge
Power Ranking Golfer Result
1 Jon Rahm MC
2 Justin Rose T58
3 Rickie Fowler MC
4 Jordan Spieth T8
5 Ian Poulter T70
6 Scott Piercy T19
7 Xander Schauffele MC
8 Paul Casey WD
9 Kevin Kisner MC
10 Louis Oosthuizen DNP
11 Francesco Molinari T53
12 Rory Sabbatini T6
13 Danny Lee T48
14 Bryson DeChambeau MC
15 Ryan Palmer T6
Wild Card Kevin Na Win
Sleepers Recap – Charles Schwab Challenge
Talor Gooch T29
Doug Ghim MC
Bill Haas T48
Carlos Ortiz MC
Shawn Stefani MC
Birthdays among active golfers on the PGA TOUR
May 28 … none
May 29 … Seung-Yul Noh (28)
May 30 … Stephan Jaeger (30)
May 31 … Chad Campbell (45)
June 1 … J.T. Poston (26)
June 2 … Bronson Burgoon (32)
June 3 … none