DFS picks for the Memorial Tournament

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DUBLIN, Ohio -- Stand up if you had Steven Bowditch in your lineup last week. Now sit down, you liar.

Sorry, I don't mean to be such a skeptic, but according to DraftKings, only 0.2 percent of lineups included Bowditch at the $7,000 price tag last week. It's results like the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship that make me want to just bang my head against the keyboard, because that would have proven just as helpful as anything I wrote.


See that? In both last week's column and the above paragraph, I failed to announce how Bowditch's zero -- that's right, zero -- top-10 finishes this year and zero -- count 'em, zero -- made cuts at the Nelson in the past three years would equate to a triumphant victory on adopted home soil.

But with every loss comes a lesson, no matter how costly. Numbers don't tell the entire story, analytics aren't a perfect predictor and sometimes your golden retriever can make better picks than you.

There were a few other lessons, too.

Cover your bases.

When everyone zigs, you zag.

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Call it The Art of the Hunch. Not that any of us were feeling too hunchy about the man fondly nicknamed Bowdo taking down the field last week, but it should serve as a reminder that we shouldn't get too enamored with the statistics entering a given week. As it turns out, the winner was a guy who wasn't a horse for the course and didn't have any strong recent form. But he did get married at Las Colinas and settled down there, and sometimes these little anecdotes can supersede the stats.

Good luck finding a Bowditch at the Memorial Tournament this week.

Here at Muirfield Village, the clubhouse is adorned with photographs of past champions -- and there's hardly a no-namer in the bunch.

Sure, back in the middle of last decade, there was a back-to-back run of Bart Bryant and Carl Pettersson, neither of which exactly set the Nielsen ratings ablaze. Go back even further and you'll find a random David Edwards or Keith Fergus on the winners' list, but it's otherwise been an all-star game. From tourney host Jack Nicklaus to Tom Watson to Greg Norman to Fred Couples to Jim Furyk to Ernie Els to Tiger Woods (five times!), the champion is more often than not a household name.

It's been cold and rainy here in Central Ohio during the early part of the week, which should give way to warm and rainy weather by tourney time. The forecast isn't as gloomy as it was for last week's Nelson, but any moisture should make this 7,392-yard track feel closer to 7,600.

It might not take a bomber to win here, but short hitters could be eliminated early. And you'll want a bevy of ball-strikers who can hit plenty of greens, because as one player told me on Monday, "chipping from around the greens can be next to impossible sometimes."

With that in mind, here are my draws and fades for this week's Memorial, using the latest DraftKings salaries, as always.