Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Memorial

Tiger Woods will defend his title at the Memorial Tournament starting May 30.

Tiger Woods will defend his title at the Memorial Tournament starting May 30.

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Four wins in 2013. Five wins at Memorial.

So it is no shock that Tiger Woods would register as the favorite this week at the house that Jack Nicklaus built.

A year ago, Woods made a back-nine surge to win at Muirfield, picking up his second win of 2012 to that point.

This season, Woods has won four of his seven PGA Tour starts.

It won't be a runaway for Woods, as he will face off against 36 of the top 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, including 15 of the top 20. One of those is Matt Kuchar, who also registers as Jim McCabe's pick this week despite the love affair with Woods by the rest of the panel.

The race for the top spot in the fantasy rankings continues to get tighter, with Jeff Rude making up significant ground with picks of Tim Clark and Zach Johnson at Colonial, putting both Rude and Nick Masuda within striking distance of leader Lance Ringler.

Check out this week's picks:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Tiger Woods

Has won seven of his last 21 starts in PGA Tour stroke-play events. Has won five Memorial trophies. In other words, two plus two equals four.

Scott Piercy

Snapped out of five-event mini slump with a T-5 at Nelson and T-26 at Colonial the past two weeks.

Winner: Zach Johnson ($435,200); wild card: Tim Clark ($192,800). 2013 total: $6,502,311

McCabe Matt Kuchar

Posterboy for consistency, he's not only played well of late, he's recorded finishes inside the top 15 at each of his last five visits to Muirfield Village.

Ryan Moore

True, he missed the cut each of the last two weeks, but tends to play well at The Memorial (T-5 and a second being his best efforts). Gut pick.

Winner: Jim Furyk ($38,800) ; wild card: Josh Teater ($192,800). 2013 total: $5,702,443

Ringler Tiger Woods

Four-time winner in 2013 and five-time winner at Memorial – enough said.

Charles Howell III

At times this year, he has shown he is about to turn the corner and maybe that time is this week. CHIII has a pair of top-20s in his last three starts.

Winner: Charl Schwartzel (MC); wild card: Sang-Moon Bae ($11,986). 2013 total:$7,471,949

Masuda Tiger Woods

At this point, I'd be doing a disservice by not picking him. He is, and should be, the favorite. Five wins before the U.S. Open? Yep, just might be a reality.

Charley Hoffman

Has two top-10 finishes at Colonial in two appearances, finished T-5 at the Players two weeks ago and has won this season.

Winner: Chris Kirk ($30,217); wild card: Martin Laird ($14,400). 2013 total: $6,981,228

The Memorial field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 1. Tiger Woods
  • 2. Adam Scott
  • 5. Matt Kuchar
  • 6. Rory McIlroy
  • 7. Lee Westwood
  • 8. Charl Schwartzel
  • 9. Jimmy Walker
  • 10. Luke Donald
  • 11. Brandt Snedeker
  • 12. Justin Rose
  • 13. Jim Furyk
  • 14. Dustin Johnson
  • 15. Jason Day
  • 16. Billy Horschel
  • 18. Brendon De Jonge
  • 21. Nick Watney
  • 23. Bo Van Pelt
  • 24. Robert Garrigus
  • 27. Bubba Watson
  • 28. Jeff Overton
  • 29. Webb Simpson
  • 30. Henrik Stenson
  • 31. Vijay Singh
  • 32. Chris Kirk
  • 33. Pat Perez
  • 34. Keegan Bradley
  • 35. Bill Haas
  • 36. Carl Pettersson
  • 38. Graham DeLaet
  • 40. Kevin Streelman
  • 42. Hunter Mahan
  • 44. Zach Johnson
  • 45. Ernie Els
  • 47. Rickie Fowler
  • 48. K.J. Choi
  • 49. Jordan Spieth
  • 51. Greg Chalmers
  • 53. Ryan Moore
  • 56. John Senden
  • 58. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
  • 59. Scott Piercy
  • 62. Josh Teater
  • 64. Charles Howell III
  • 65. Nicolas Colsaerts
  • 66. Russell Henley
  • 68. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 69. Marc Leishman
  • 71. George Coetzee
  • 73. John Huh
  • 77. Luke Guthrie
  • 83. Branden Grace
  • 89. Charley Hoffman
  • 92. Brendan Steele
  • 93. Matt Every
  • 94. Kevin Stadler
  • 97. Bud Cauley
  • 100. Brian Stuard
  • 101. Martin Laird
  • 102. Davis Love III
  • 103. Justin Hicks
  • 106. Richard H. Lee
  • 109. Stewart Cink
  • 113. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 114. David Hearn
  • 115. Justin Leonard
  • 116. Charlie Wi
  • 118. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 120. George McNeill
  • 125. Aaron Baddeley
  • 133. Bryce Molder
  • 136. Brian Harman
  • 137. Roberto Castro
  • 138. Camilo Villegas
  • 139. J.J. Henry
  • 144. Gary Woodland
  • 149. Brandt Jobe
  • 150. Cameron Tringale
  • 151. Johnson Wagner
  • 153. Scott Stallings
  • 155. Casey Wittenberg
  • 156. William McGirt
  • 157. Ben Kohles
  • 159. Nicholas Thompson
  • 162. Ken Duke
  • 166. Kyle Stanley
  • 167. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 168. Shane Lowry
  • 176. Mark Wilson
  • 179. Kevin Chappell
  • 181. Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 186. Jason Kokrak
  • 192. Erik Compton
  • 197. Justin Bolli
  • 199. Brian Davis
  • 200. Lucas Glover
  • 201. Chris Stroud
  • 219. Trevor Immelman
  • 224. Ben Curtis
  • 227. James Hahn
  • 228. Matt Jones
  • 229. D.A. Points
  • 231. Scott Brown
  • 238. Michael Thompson
  • 240. David Lingmerth
  • 243. Robert Karlsson
  • 255. Tom Gillis
  • 257. Ricky Barnes
  • 262. Charlie Beljan
  • 265. James Driscoll
  • 280. Tommy Gainey
  • 295. Jonathan Byrd
  • 309. Derek Ernst
  • 341. Fabian Gomez
  • 566. Robert Allenby
  • 713. Mike Weir
  • N/R. Fred Couples
  • N/R. Peter Williamson
  • N/R. Steven Fox
  • N/R. Kenny Perry
  • N/R. Tianlang Guan
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