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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Memorial Tournament - Power Ranking and One-and-Done

With the Memorial Tournament less than 36 hours from teeing off, it's time to put our nose to the collective grindstone and pump out this week's power ranking and one-and-done selection. I encourage you to refer to the Sunday preview for additional information on Muirfield Village GC and the recent history of this tournament.

Without further ado:

  1. Jordan Spieth - Finished about where he always does at the Byron Nelson, so no red flags there.  Improved from a T60 to a T19 in his first two trips to Muirfield Village. Probably a good spot to save a start in formats like Yahoo!, but he has value in many formats.
  2. Justin Rose - With the win in New Orleans coming on the heels of a runner-up at the Masters, we can be confident that his slow start to 2015 is firmly in the past. His course history here is excellent, so he's the play if you feel like giving Spieth a week off.
  3. Bill Haas - Back-to-back top 10s in this tournament and playing well while chasing a spot on his dad's Presidents Cup team. He has a knack for playing very well on respectable layouts.
  4. Dustin Johnson - History here is just OK, but he has the class and the game to compete anywhere. Enters fresh off a T8, so all systems are a go.
  5. Jim Furyk - Course horse with a win, two seconds, eight top 10s and 14 top 25s, while making 18/19 cuts. That says it all.
  6. Hideki Matsuyama - Has the pressure of defending this week after winning in his first trip last season. Enters off a stretch of recent top 20s.
  7. Matt Kuchar - Steady play here considering his course history, but he's been a little below average in relation to his lofty standards of late. 
  8. Kevin Na - His runner-up finish here last year was his only top 30 in five starts, so we must reconcile why poor history produced a great result. If you've watched golf lately, you realize that he's playing very well. He sets up as a boom-or-bust prospect this week.
  9. Rickie Fowler - Made a splash with a runner-up finish here in his first trip back in 2010, but has regressed on this layout since. Still, THE PLAYERS win showed what he's capable of, and his play in majors has been awesome.
  10. Phil Mickelson - Streaky as ever, both at this tournament and this season. Flip a coin.
  11. Jason Day
  12. Patrick Reed
  13. Chris Kirk
  14. Billy Horschel
  15. Ryan Moore
  16. Brooks Koepka
  17. Francesco Molinari
  18. Robert Streb
  19. Daniel Berger
  20. Tiger Woods
  21. Steve Stricker
  22. Kevin Kisner
  23. Shawn Stefani
  24. Tony Finau
  25. Ben Martin

I'm in a serious funk of late. The elite option that I have available is Justin Rose. If I follow my playbook of late, I take him. That playbook isn't working right now, so I'm going to get a bit more risky.

I feel like Kevin Na might be a trap, so I'm keeping away from him.

So who is my roll of the dice this week? Daniel Berger. Why not? Seriously, though. He enters off a top-10 finish and his stats seem to line up nicely to this layout. It's probably too big of an event from a reputation standpoint for him to do anything too crazy, but the same could be said of Matsuyama last year.

Hey...I can't do much worse than my three missed cuts in the last four starts.

Best of luck to all!

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