FGR: Workday Charity Open

Well for as good as the first three weeks were for us, the Rocket Mortgage Classic was a bit of a dumpster fire.

Moving on swiftly, it's time for the Workday Charity Open, the first of two consecutive upcoming events at Muirfield Village.

Memorial form is the main area to focus on this week, and at the risk of sounding like a moron by Monday, unlike last week, I am very bullish on my boys for this tournament.

Kicking off my card at the top of the board are Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler, both who are available at sub-10k.

After splitting from Honma, Rose has looked very solid, with two top-15 finishes from his last three events.

Now he comes to a track that he adores, with five top-15 finishes at Memorial in his last six visits. At times it can look as if the Englishman is putting with a rattlesnake on the greens, but on Bentgrass, Rose is surprisingly efficient and ranks ninth this week for Strokes Gained: Putting over his last 24 rounds on the surface.

Expect a Rose in full bloom this week (apologies for that).

Rickie, Rickie, Rickie. A man more accustomed to congratulating the week's winners on the 18th hole rather than celebrating himself, Fowler is getting back to form sneakily, even if he mainly does his best work on Thursdays.

Last week, Fowler gained strokes in all of the significant strokes gained categories, and oh yeah, he's one of the best putters on Bentgrass in the world.

Next up in the mid 8k range is my man Jordan Spieth, and the young whizzkid, Joaquin Niemann.

I can't stress enough how much I love Spieth this week. At the Travelers, the Texan had his second-best week with his irons since 2018, and his record at Memorial is impressive, with three top-15 finishes in the last five years. He's also the BEST putter on Bentgrass over his previous 24 rounds.

Big play on Jordan at $8,600.

As for Niemann, he's gained strokes with his irons at every event in 2020, plays Memorial well, and we're getting a cheaper price this week due to a catastrophic week on the greens last week (lost over six strokes). But a return to Bent will suit him massively, as it's his most profitable surface.

The majority of my card revolves around the theme of players who were very good five years ago, and we're keeping that rolling with Jason Day and Keegan Bradley.

While there is always a danger Day could WD to go and play Disney games at theme parks...


(Yes, that actually happened once.)

..he's surprisingly gained strokes tee to green in six of his last seven events. If he can catch a heater with his putter, which he's known to do, then Day might finally cash in on his immense talent this week at a course he's a member of.

Keegan did us a solid last week with a made cut, and Muirfield is another course that will suit his game.

The Bostonian has two top-10 finishes in his previous five visits, and at $7,200 he's one of my favorite plays as I am convinced he will make it to the weekend, and at the price, it's all you really need. Also, the less camera time Keegan gets the better...

Rounding off the card is a man who will drive you insane - Emiliano Grillo. The Argentine has lost strokes on the greens in his last seven successive events (How is that even possible!?), but he has made his last two cuts. He also plays Muirfield well, with three top-25 finishes in his last four visits.

At $7,200, I fancy Grillo to make it three cuts from three on golf's restart.

One and Done Pick:

Justin Rose

Alternate One and Done Pick:

Rickie Fowler

7 Best Value Draftkings Picks:

Justin Rose $9,700

Rickie Fowler $9,000

Jordan Spieth $8,600

Joaquin Niemann $8,400

Jason Day  $7,700

Emiliano Grillo $7,200

Keegan Bradley $7,100

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