Four of the top 10 golfers in the Golfweek/Sagarin world rankings highlight the field in Dublin, Ohio, this week for the 2020 Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The tournament replaces the John Deere Classic this season and preludes next week’s Memorial Tournament at this same venue. Below, we look at the top 30 fantasy golf picks for the Workday Charity Open.
2020 Workday Charity Open: Fantasy Golf Top 30
Keith Mitchell at the Charles Schwab Challenge. (Photo: Raymond Carlin III – USA TODAY Sports)
Here are my top 30 fantasy golf rankings for the 2020 Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
30. Keith Mitchell
Claimed his first career victory at the Jack Nicklaus-redesigned PGA National Golf Club in March of last year. Ranks fifth in this field in Birdies or Better Gained on courses measuring at least 7,400 yards over his last 50 rounds.
29. Ryan Armour
Still ranked just 182nd in the Golfweek rankings, Armour is coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes at the Travelers Championship (T-6) and Rocket Mortgage Classic (T-4). He was in contention last week until a Sunday round of even-par 72 to finish seven strokes back.
28. Matthew Fitzpatrick
Finished in a tie for 68th in his debut here last year, but will be joined this year by veteran caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay. He should get a better feel for the greens after losing 1.56 strokes per round putting in the 2019 Memorial Tournament, according to Data Golf.
27. Louis Oosthuizen
Took last week off following a lackluster return to golf from the midseason suspension. Good tee-to-green game.
26. Scottie Scheffler
Has uncharacteristically missed consecutive cuts coming into this week. Performs well in the long approach shots required here.
Rickie Fowler lines up a putt at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. (Photo: Brian Spurlock – USA TODAY Sports)
25. Rickie Fowler
Fowler finally showed a flash of his old form last week while finishing T-12 after taking a week off. Has averaged 2.00 strokes gained on the field across 34 career rounds played at Muirfield Village.
24. Byeong Hun An
Also well experienced at this course, An has averaged 1.93 strokes gained across 18 rounds. Finished T-17 last year while gaining 1.34 strokes per round from tee-to-green.
23. Bubba Watson
Ranks among the most experienced golfers in the field with 44 rounds played at this venue. Enters the week seventh in the field in SG: Tee-to-Green on courses of at least 7,400 yards.
22. Joel Dahmen
Ranks 32nd in my stat model with a top rank of eighth in Proximity from 175-200 Yards. Took last week off, but hasn’t finished worse than T-48 in three events since golf returned.
21. Corey Conners
Fifteenth in the field in SG: Approach and 20th in SG: Tee-to-Green on courses longer than 7,400 yards. Finished T-65 at last year’s Memorial Tournament due to uncharacteristic tee-to-green performance.
20. Phil Mickelson
Mickelson has played every other week since returning to play. He showed at the Travelers Championship he can still hang with the top young power hitters and has more than enough distance for this lengthened course.
19. Ian Poulter
Ranks sixth in this week’s stat model and leads the field in the key proximity distance of 175-200 yards.
18. Matthew Wolff
Wolff resurfaced last week with a solo second-place finish. Gained 1.52 strokes per round putting but also gained 1.51 per round from tee-to-green.
17. Adam Hadwin
A T-4 finish last week was his best result since the same finishing position at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in the fall. Usually relies heavily on his putter, but gained 1.37 strokes per round from tee-to-green in Detroit.
16. Jordan Spieth
Spieth is coming off back-to-back disappointing finishes after a resurgent T-10 result at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Has averaged 1.52 strokes gained per round in 26 trips around Muirfield Village.
Collin Morikawa with his caddie on the 18th fairway at the Travelers Championship. (Photo: Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports)
15. Collin Morikawa
Took last week off to regroup after missing his first cut as a professional at the Travelers Championship. Struggles slightly with the long par 4s present here.
14. Matt Kuchar
Ranks second in the field with an average of 2.75 strokes gained per round across 46 career rounds at this course. Took the last two weeks off following a T-41 result at the RBC Heritage.
13. Sungjae Im
Coming off three straight disappointing results after returning to play with a T-10 at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Finished T-57 at the 2019 Memorial Tournament while losing 1.25 strokes per round on approach.
12. Viktor Hovland
Hasn’t finished worse than his T-23 at the Charles Schwab Challenge since returning from the midseason pause. Also hasn’t finished better than his T-11 at the Travelers Championship.
11. Patrick Reed
Missed the cut in two of his last three events but ranks fourth in this field in Birdies or Better Gained on courses of 7,400 yards.
10. Joaquin Niemann
Returns after a week off following a disappointing 63rd-place finish at the Travelers Championship on the heels of a T-5 at the RBC Heritage. Ranks 12th in the field in SG: Approach and third from the key distance of 175-200 yards.
9. Gary Woodland
Fifth in this week’s stat model and fourth in SG: Tee-to-Green. Highly experienced here with 32 rounds played and 0.99 strokes gained per round.
8. Marc Leishman
One of 11 golfers in the field with at least 42 rounds played at Muirfield Village. Has averaged 1.10 strokes gained per round and ranks fourth in the field in SG: Approach and eighth in Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 Yards.
7. Xander Schauffele
Tied for 14th last year while gaining 1.17 strokes per round off the tee. Missed the cut in his lone other appearance.
6. Patrick Cantlay
The 2019 Memorial Tournament champ returned to play with a T-11 finish at the Travelers Championship and took last week off. He gained 3.64 strokes per round from tee-to-green last year.
Jon Rahm reacts after missing a putt at the Travelers Championship. (Photo: Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports)
5. Jon Rahm
Fifth in the field in SG: Tee-to-Green and 10th in Birdies or Better Gained. Still No. 2 in the Golfweek rankings. He’s the top golfer in the field.
4. Hideki Matsuyama
Slipped to a T-21 finish last week after firing a Saturday round of 65. Finished alone in sixth at the 2019 Memorial Tournament while gaining 2.50 strokes per round from tee-to-green.
3. Brooks Koepka
Returns following two weeks off after his caddie tested positive for COVID-19 and he withdrew from the Travelers Championship. Had returned to form with a seventh-place finish at the RBC Heritage.
2. Justin Rose
Ranks third in the field in SG: Tee-to-Green and Birdies or Better Gained. Has played 46 rounds at Muirfield Village with a win at the 2010 Memorial Tournament and an average of 2.39 strokes gained.
1. Justin Thomas
Leads the field in SG: Tee-to-Green, Birdies or Better Gained and Par 4 Efficiency: 450-500 Yards on courses longer than 7,400 yards. Has gained 0.45 strokes on the field across 18 rounds played here.
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