PGA Memorial Tournament - Everything You Need To Know
Today marks the day the PGA Memorial Tournament starts, just over a week after the PGA Championships concluded. As usual, the tournament is being hosted at “Jacks Place” – Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio.
Being one of the most prestigious, non-major tournaments on the calendar with only 120 of the best players to make the cut. Jack Nicklaus’ annual game is invitation only – the Memorial Tournament is one of five to have an invitational status.
Muirfield Village Golf Club
The course this year will be slightly different for players as $10 million has be spent in changes to all but the 14th and 12th holes. Jack Nicklaus wanted to improve the course for the members of the Muirfield Golf Club and expects the course to player a little easier for the pros now.
Jack Nicklaus has been deeply involved with the day-to-day renovations for the new and improved Muirfield. Every single green complex has been rebuilt; nothing was left untouched meaning it will be more than easy on the eyes for these next few days! Additionally, what was once the smallest green on the course is now the largest. No. 4 has been reconstructed with an all-new contour by Nicklaus in order to fix it. Many other changes have been made to ensure that this year’s annual Memorial Tournament, will be one you don’t want to miss!
The Tournament Itself
Last years winner John Rahm closed with 3 over 75 for a three-victory shot, making this the highest final round by a memorial winner since Roger Maltbie in 1976! Rahm managed to win the $1,674,000 winner's share of the $9,300,000 purse, but will he be the first man to defend his title since Tiger Woods in 2001. Phil Mickelson and Brook Koepka are amongst the notables who aren’t in attendance this year. Fans are also welcome to attend, watch and appreciate the updated course this year and watch in anticipation of who will take 2021’s winning title.
Every year the Memorial Tournament has three main priorities:
- To honour those living and past who have established themselves in the name of golf.
- Providing entertainment for spectators by showcasing the best golfers in the world.
- Benefit charities including the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. In 2018 the tournament raised $2,500,000 in total for charitable organisations in Central Ohio.
This Year’s Line Up
The talent this year is amazing as ever and will be sure to have you anticipating scores, whether you’re watching the game live or refreshing your phone for news, this year will definitely be an interesting one. Amongst those in attendance this year is Collin Morikawa (the winner of the PGA Championships 2020), Xander Schauffele, Louis Oosthuizen, Billy Horschel, Jordan Spieth, and many many more.
So that just leaves one question…. Who’s your favourite for this year?
I know mine, do you?