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From picks to win to DraftKings bargains to players to avoid, here are some options for you to consider:
- Projected champion: Dustin Johnson. Quietly having another strong season, not finishing outside the top 20 and leading the Tour in strokes gained: tee-to-green. It seems like the perfect week for a DJ victory. He won here in 2012 and was fifth in 2016, his last trip to Memphis.
- Also like: Brooks Koepka and Henrik Stenson. Koepka is starting to flex his muscles post-wrist injury, finishing runner-up at Colonial. He also has two top-3 finishes in Memphis. Stenson hasn’t played here since he was T-13 in 2012, but he leads the Tour in greens in regulation and fairways hit.
- Sleeper: T.J. Vogel. The Monday-qualifying stud is playing his sixth Tour event this season. He’s made his last three cuts, too. Also like Texas grad Scottie Scheffler a lot.
- DraftKings bargain: John Peterson ($6,800). Time is running out for the potential real-estate agent. He’ll play this week and at the Travelers for his last two starts on his major medical extension. I believe he still has great golf left in him. Was T-19 here in 2014.
- Fade: Adam Scott. If he makes it through sectionals, he’ll withdraw. If he doesn’t, then he’ll have played a lot of golf recently. Felt like he was running on empty at Memorial. Pass.
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- Projected champion: Phil Mickelson. His worst result at TPC Southwind over the past five years? A respectable T-11 in 2014. That stretch has also included a pair of runner-up finishes and a solo ninth last season. Playing well lately. Sometimes the obvious pick is also the correct one.
- Also like: Brooks Koepka. Coming along very nicely since the wrist injury, with a T-11 at the Players Championship and runner-up at the Byron Nelson. Finished T-2 at the St. Jude Classic in 2016 and T-3 in 2015.
- Sleeper: Tom Hoge and Kevin Tway. They’re both outside the top 150 in the world rankings but making moves of late. Hoge was T-13 at the Memorial and has three top-10s this season. Tway has two top-10s in his last three starts with a T-9 at the Byron Nelson and T-5 in Fort Worth.
- DraftKings bargain: Abraham Ancer ($6,900). Faded at the Memorial after a first-round 65 and his stats aren’t very good this season, but he’s made 14 of 20 cuts and has five top-25 finishes.
- Fade: Daniel Berger. He’s looking for the three-peat, which will obviously make him a popular pick. Just haven’t seen enough from him lately. He’s finished inside the top 15 four times but no top-10s this season. We’re not going to follow the herd on this one.
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- Projected champion: Brooks Koepka. Sure, he’s likely more focused on his U.S. Open defense, but Koepka is especially hungry to win after a four-month injury hiatus. He’s come back strong in his absence, opening with a solid T-42 at Quail Hollow before a T-11 at the Players and a runner-up at Colonial. But his last PGA Tour win remains the 2017 U.S. Open. With his form, motivation and coming to a course where he already has a T-2 and T-3, that very well could change this week.
- Also like: Billy Horschel and Tony Finau. Yes, Horschel missed the cut at Memorial. But it was one week. The last time he missed a cut? The Masters, and he finished 11th or better in his next two starts. Aside from Memorial, his recent form has been strong. And he’s finished top 10 at this event in his last four starts here. Finau has no history here, but who cares. He’s been so steady this season that he can really be picked anywhere. It also helps he’s coming off a T-13 at Memorial.
- Sleeper: Chris Kirk. A T-52 at Memorial may not seem like much, but he made the cut on the number after an opening 75 and by parring his final hole in Round 2 after a topped tee shot. He then posted a third-round 66. That’s going to breed even more confidence in a guy who already had plenty finishing 11th or better in two of his last four starts. Not much history here for Kirk, so mainly relying on form I see.
- DraftKings bargain: David Lingmerth ($6,900). He had a sneaky good performance at Memorial, where at one point he was in the top 5 in Round 3. It snapped a stretch of three straight missed cuts heading in. I’ll look to ride what may be a return to form. Lingmerth has just one start here (T-69 in 2014), so course history is of little use.
- Fade: Joaquin Niemann. Amazing stuff from the 19-year-old with three top 10s in his first five PGA Tour starts as a pro and already earning special temporary status. Feel he’ll be a bit run down, though, after experiencing a full week of being in contention at a PGA Tour event for the first time. Also, gaining special temporary may make him relax a bit too much this week. He has so much talent, though, so I could be underestimating him.