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Golf Glance: Workday first of Muirfield double dip

Field Level Media
08 Jul 2020, 08:40 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Rocket Mortgage Classic (Bryson DeChambeau)

THIS WEEK: Workday Charity Open, July 9-12

Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio (Par 72, 7,456 yards)

Purse: $6.2 million (Winner: $1.116 million)

Defending Champion: Inaugural event

FedEx Cup leader: Webb Simpson

TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

NOTES: The event was added to the schedule last month to fill the July 9-12 gap created when the John Deere Classic was canceled in May. ... It takes place ahead of next week's Memorial Tournament on the same course, designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1974. Muirfield includes 74 bunkers and 13 water hazards. The course is scheduled to undergo a renovation beginning July 20. ... Chase Koepka, the younger brother of Brooks Koepka, was added to the field after withdrawing from the Travelers Championship. Chase Koepka was a Monday qualifier for that event but withdrew when his brother's caddie tested positive for COVID-19. ... Donnie Trosper (who shot 62) and MJ Daffue (63) are in the field as Monday qualifiers. ... Workday is committing $1 million in support of the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, along with a $500,000 donation to the Oakland-based Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation founded by Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his wife, Ayesha. ... Nick Watney, the first PGA Tour player to test positive for COVID-19 since competition resumed last month, is in this week's field.

BEST BETS: No. 2 Jon Rahm (1500 at FanDuel) is the top-ranked player in the field, but Justin Thomas (1200) is the slight betting favorite by most sportsbooks. Thomas is second in the FedEx Cup standings. He is coming off a missed cut in his last start at the Travelers, snapping a string of three consecutive top-10s. He also has three victories in his past 14 worldwide starts dating back to the BMW Championship in last year's playoffs. ... Eighth-ranked Patrick Cantlay (1400) is the defending Memorial champion. ... Kevin Streelman finished second at the Travelers and was fourth behind Cantlay, Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer at the Memorial last year. He is 7500 along with Matthew Wolff, who was the third-round leader before finishing second last week. ... Collin Morikawa (3300) is coming off his first missed cut since turning pro last summer. He tied for ninth in the last event before the Tour's hiatus and finished solo second in the first event back at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

NEXT WEEK: The Memorial Tournament, Dublin, Ohio

--Field Level Media

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