The 44th edition of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide gives us everything we can handle, and even a little more.
As of midday Monday, 11 of the top 15 in the FedExCup standings are scheduled to compete alongside numerous other notables including five-time winner Tiger Woods (22nd) and defending champion Bryson DeChambeau (26th).
Among several perks, whoever emerges victorious from this week's field of 120 will earn a three-year PGA TOUR membership exemption and a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship through 2022. Scroll past the ranking to learn more about Muirfield Village Golf Club, how DeChambeau prevailed and more.
Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner, Henrik Stenson, Kyle Stanley and 2018 champion Bryson DeChambeau will be among the notables reviewed in Tuesday's Fantasy Insider.
Unlike last week's annual stop at Colonial, which also hosts a limited-field invitational, experience and talent of a certain age aren't prerequisites for success at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Simply put, Jack Nicklaus' design rewards sound course management and execution. Course knowledge and a few years in the rear-view mirror are merely side notes on the résumé.
Those who can send it off the tee are welcomed by spacious landing areas on the stock par 72 that tips at 7,392 yards. Smallish greens prepped to run upwards of 13 feet on the Stimpmeter protect par, but last year's field scoring average of 71.396 is a reasonable target again this week.
In just his second appearance last year, DeChambeau ranked inside the top 15 in distance of all drives, greens in regulation, proximity to the hole and strokes gained: tee-to-green. He led the field in scrambling and finished sixth in strokes gained: putting.
As a whole, the field hit 11.86 GIR per round, which is about the TOUR's average, and connected for a par breaker 33.12 percent of the time, good for the sixth-highest clip of the season. To emphasize the value of setting up scoring opportunities, even if it's to lag a long look to secure par, Muirfield Village surrendered a stingy 54.36 percent in scrambling, 11th-lowest among all courses.
When the weather cooperates, those are expected measurements across the board. The unsettled pattern that's been sustained for months won't relent for the tournament. Rain is all but a guarantee on Thursday, and the threat for storms will keep local meteorologists busy. A milder chance remains in the forecast on Friday and returns on Sunday. Daytime temperatures won't reach 80 degrees and winds will be light once action on the first day is complete.
ROB BOLTON’S SCHEDULE
PGATOUR.COM’s Fantasy Insider Rob Bolton recaps and previews every tournament from numerous angles. Look for his following contributions as scheduled.
TUESDAY*: Sleepers, Fantasy Insider
WEDNESDAY: One & Done, Champions One & Done
* - Rob is a member of the panel for PGATOUR.COM’s Expert Picks for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which also publishes on Tuesdays.