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PGA DFS Picks & Predictions: The Memorial Tournament 2023

PGA DFS: The Memorial Tournament 2023

by Bo McBrayer

My high school best friend was Tony D. We were a couple of nerdy kids in a really small town who had a lot in common. We watched “The Matrix” trilogy ad nauseam. Acting out skits from “Saturday Night Live” was a normal weekend activity. The two of us were also hopelessly obsessed with the game of golf.

We weren’t just obsessed with playing golf. Even though we were co-captains of the high school team, we would also waste whole summers playing “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004” on his PlayStation and hacking scuffed-up Slazengers through the weeds at the schoolyard. We “accidentally” broke a lot of windows.

Tony was a better golfer than me back then. I remember when all the rich country club kids were hitting copy-and-paste draws with their daddy’s money Titleist 983K drivers, Tony was launching power fades with a hand-me-down Nike driver. Just like Tiger. Or was it just like the Golden Bear? He emulated both of them so well. Tiger was en vogue, but Jack was the GOAT.

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PGA DFS: The Memorial Tournament 2023 Breakdown

The Memorial Tournament is a gem on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village for this event back in his heyday of 1976. Jack’s Place is a daunting but fair test of championship golf. The golfers know there’s only one way to win at Jack’s Place:  Play four days of your best golf.

Winning at PGA DFS carries plenty of caveats. Naturally, all six golfers on your roster should make the cut. The Memorial requires a bit more risk-taking with bated breath.

You’ll hear me say the word ‘leverage’ a lot when speaking about PGA DFS. Leverage is about positioning. It isn’t so much who you play but rather who you don’t. Rostering a golfer who is also rostered heavily by opposing lineups is risky. There’s almost no reward when that player succeeds, par at best, to use a golf analogy. To make money playing DFS, it requires taking chances and making birdies when others are settling for par.

A popular player is deemed ‘chalky.’ Good chalk is a popular player who is nearly certain to succeed. Bad chalk is a risky player that too many people have hitched their wagons to. A profitable DFS lineup will have a nice blend of good chalk and successful leverage. A good play that isn’t rostered by many is considered a leverage play… “lifting” it above the field. Here’s how I’m attacking PGA DFS for the Memorial Tournament.

PGA DFS: The Memorial Tournament 2023 Picks

(Prices courtesy of DraftKings)

High-Priced ($9,000 & Higher)*

Good Chalk: Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele

Bad Chalk: Patrick Cantlay, Tyrrell Hatton

Leverage: Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, Jason Day

Mid-Priced ($7,600 – $8,900)

Good Chalk: Corey Conners, Wyndham Clark, Adam Scott

Bad Chalk: Tom Kim, Shane Lowry, Sahith Theegala

Leverage: Cameron Young, Sam Burns, Si Woo Kim

Value-Priced ($7,500 & Lower)

Good Chalk: Stephan Jaeger, Nicolai Hojgaard, Akshay Bhatia

Bad Chalk: Matt Kuchar, Seamus Power, Brian Harman

Leverage: Kurt Kitayama, Hayden Buckley, Joseph Bramlett

Thanks for checking out my PGA DFS picks for The Memorial Tournament 2023! Find all my work on Twitter, @Bo_McBigTime, and check out my huge collection of decadence at BigTime FlavorCo.

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