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The Memorial Tournament Preview

After some amazing golf last week, the Tour returns to Muirfield Village as, for the first time in 63 years, an event is being staged back-to-back at the same venue.

The Memorial Tournament is one of the biggest events on the PGA Tour and, with that, comes the biggest players in golf.

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Rory McIlroy – Tiger Woods – Brooks Koepka

The World Number One, McIlroy makes his first appearance since The Travelers Championship. Following lockdown, his best finish has been T11.

Woods makes his first start since February, has one victory this season at the Zozo Championship and currently sits 41st in the FedEx Cup standings. He has won The Memorial Tournament five times.

Koepka birdied five of his closing seven holes at last week’s Workday Charity Open, but missed the cut by a stroke.

 

Phil Mickelson – Justin Rose – Shane Lowry

Mickelson made his first appearance in this tournament in 1991 and will be making his 20th start at the event. He has one top 10 finish this season.

Rose has seven top 10s in 13 appearances at the Memorial Tournament, winning in 2010 and two runner-up finishes (2008, 2015).

Open Champion Lowry returns to the Memorial Tournament for the fourth time. He hasn’t finished inside the top 10 this season with his best result a T13 finish.

 

Bryson DeChambeau – Collin Morikawa – Patrick Cantlay

DeChambeau has been the best player since golf returned; he won The Rocket Mortgage Classic two weeks ago and is on a streak of seven consecutive top 10 finishes.

Morikawa claimed last week’s Workday Charity Open. Currently he has more wins than missed cuts (1) in 24 professional starts on Tour.

Cantlay is the Defending Champion and hasn’t missed a cut since the 2019 Zurich Classic of New Orleans; he currently has the longest active streak on Tour (16 starts).

 

Justin Thomas – Xander Schauffele – Dustin Johnson

Thomas moved back to the top of the FedEx standings last week after losing a playoff to Morikawa.

Schauffele has made the cut in all four of his starts since the return to golf, his best result a T3 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Johnson returns for the first time since his victory at the Travelers Championship. He currently sits 23rd in the FedEx Cup standings.

The Course

Muirfield Village Golf Club is located in Ohio and was founded by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus in 1966.

The course is named after Muirfield in Scotland which is where Nicklaus won the first of his three British Open titles in 1966 to complete the first of his three career grand slams.

Muirfield has hosted the Memorial Tournament since 1976 and has also hosted the 1987 Ryder Cup, the 1998 Solheim Cup and the 2013 Presidents Cup.

Previous winners at The Memorial Tournament include Tiger Woods, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and Ernie Els.

Bryson DeChambeau will be the favourite heading into the event, but players who competed at last week’s Workday Charity Open will have a slight advantage.

 

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A lifelong interest in watching and playing sport led Matt to study Sports Journalism at Solent University, graduating in 2019 with a broken nose after a hockey mishap. However, golf is his primary passion. As a junior, he held a scratch handicap, played for county and was Junior Club Captain. Matt has interviewed a number of influential figures within golf as well as working with the R&A and writing for Golf Monthly.

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