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Memorial Tournament

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Inside the field: the Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Geoff Ogilvy, Sean O’Hair, Kenny Perry, Nick Watney, Paul Casey, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas, Dustin Johnson, Mark Wilson, Y.E. Yang, Brian Gay, Jerry Kelley, Carl Pettersson, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Curtis, David Duval, Davis Love III Jim Furyk, Mark Brooks, Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Weir, Shaun Michael, Todd Hamilton, Jose Maria Olazabal, Daniel Chopra, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer and Ryuji Imada are some of the players who have entered the tournament. Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker were forced to withdraw after the deadline. Phil Mickelson will be back for the US Open kudos to him for putting family first over these past few weeks.

Inside the course: Muirfield Village Golf Club
Sometimes referred to as “Jack’s Place”
The original architect: Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead in 1974
Par is 72 and counting this years tournament 34 tour evens have been played at this venue. The course was ranked 5 out of 54 in difficulty for the PGA tour in 2008. It plays to 7,285 yards down from 7,366 in 2008. Grass is Bentgrass, Poa assua (tees), Bentgrass, zoysiagrass (fairways), Bentgrass (greens), Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue (rough). The Stimpmeter runs 13ft, there are 73 sand bunkers and 13 water hazards. The course record is 61 by John Huston in the 3rd round of the 1996 tournament. There have been 14 aces recorded in tournament history, 5 on the 4th, 4 on the 12th, 3 on the 16th and 2 on the 8th.

The most difficult hole in 2008 was 17 which was a revamped par 4 and one of Muirfield’s toughest tests. Trees to the right cause a blind approach from that side of the fairway. The rolling green is small and heavily bunkered and is fronted by a deep, rough-filled valley that can threaten the second shot off a short drive. 2008 saw 0 eagles, 34 birdies, 206 pars, 127 bogeys, 1 double or worse.
The easiest hole was 7 an exposed, elevated, bunker-lined, double-dogleg hole, reachable in two by only the longest hitters. A rough-grassed swale sweeps from the right in front of the green. Bunkers guard the front left and right, and rear right of the putting surface, which breaks severely off to the left towards a wooded ravine. Not an easy hole to birdie, but 2008 saw 7 eagles, 130 birdies, 188 pars, 57 bogeys, 8 doubles, 0 worse.

Course origins
Muirfield Village Golf Club was the dream and work of Jack Nicklaus. The land was acquired in 1966, but construction did not begin until July 28, 1972. The golf course is situated on 220 acres, which includes an 11-acre driving range. The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day — May 27, 1974 — with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus scored a 6-under 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.
The 18-hole layout, selected by Golf Digest as No. 16 among “America’s 100 Greatest Courses,” played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but is 7,265 at present. It had 77 bunkers, now 73, and water can be a hazard on 13 holes. A Columbus Pro-Am on Aug. 11, 1975, was the first event held at Muirfield, and the first Memorial Tournament was played in May 1976. The course has also hosted the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the USGA’s 1992 United States Amateur Championship, the 1995 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge and the 1998 Solheim Cup.
Tournament host Jack Nicklaus was the recipient of the 2005 GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award, GCSAA’s highest honor. Nicklaus received the award at the GCSAA Educational Conference and Inaugural Golf Industry Show in Orlando Feb. 7-12, 2005. –Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America