Experts' Picks: The Memorial

June, 1, 2011
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Each week during the PGA Tour season, our panel of experts will share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories below: Birdie Buster, Horse for the Course, Super Sleeper and Winner.

This week's tournament: The Memorial at Muirfield Village.

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ESPN.com golf writer Bob Harig

Birdie Buster: Luke Donald
The newly crowned No. 1 player in the world heads into the Memorial after his BMW PGA Championship title in England -- and having finished in the top 10 in nine straight events, which includes two victories.

Horse for the Course: Stewart Cink
The 2009 British Open champion has made 13 straight cuts at Muirfield Village, including six top-10s and two in a row.

Super Sleeper: Rickie Fowler
The 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year led the Memorial through 54 holes last year before finishing second to Justin Rose -- and really hasn't contended since. He's posted just two top-10s this year.

Winner: Matt Kuchar
The reigning PGA Tour money title holder is a top-10 machine and is tied with Donald in that category on the PGA Tour. He's also had three top-10s at the Memorial and was tied for sixth last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The only thing missing for Kuchar this year is a victory.


ESPN.com senior golf editor Kevin Maguire

Birdie Buster: Steve Stricker
For starters, the affable Wisconsin native leads the PGA Tour with 32 consecutive cuts made, so it's a slam dunk he'll reach the weekend. Toss in the fact that he's third on tour in birdie average this year, and that spells a top finish this week.

Horse for the Course: Stewart Cink
Although Cink has struggled since his British Open win, one place he knows inside and out is Muirfield Village. He owns six top-10 finishes in his career there, including three in the past four years.

Super Sleeper: Kenny Perry
The Champions Tour player owns three victories at this event, including his first PGA Tour win in 1991. He played well last week at the Senior PGA Championship and is still driving it more than 290 yards, so he should be able to hang with the young'uns.

Winner: Matt Kuchar
Since 2007, his worst finish at Jack's place was T-13. The past three years he's been top-10. Plus, he won't have the pressure of the following Monday qualifier for the U.S. Open weighing on him like many of his competitors.

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