After back-to-back PGA Tour tournaments played in Texas, the best golfers in the world travel to Dublin, Ohio to play in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Along with 500 FedEx Cup points, the $6,200,000 purse will be up for grabs from June 4-June 7.
At 22-years-old, Hideki Matsuyama won the tournament last year and will be in the field this year to defend his championship. The tournament favorite is Jordan Spieth, as Rory McIlroy is slumping overseas in some European tournaments. Along with Matsuyama and Spieth, this year’s tournament field includes Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods and many more.
Most recently, Chris Kirk won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 24 and Steven Bowditch won last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson. Although Spieth is the favorite with McIlroy out of the picture, golf’s youngest superstar hasn’t won a tournament since his memorable Masters Tournament victory that was all but over before Saturday even started.
Flights to Columbus can be booked through Hipmunk.com, which would have golf fans within 20 miles of the golf course in Dublin. To take in multiple rounds of the tournament, Hipmunk also provides Columbus hotels starting from $55, including two other options starting from $63 and $76.
The course was founded by Jack Nicklaus and had its first tournament in 1976. The “Memorial” part of the tournament name was Nicklaus’ wishes to pay homage to contributors of the game of golf, living or deceased.
There are two par-five holes, two on the front-nine and two on the back-nine. Holes five and seven on the front nine are ranked 17th and 16th, respectively, on the scorecard. The two par-fives on the back nine (holes 11 and 15) are ranked 15th and 18th, respectively. The four par-fives are ranked as the four easiest holes on the golf course. Look for some of the players with longer drivers to take advantage of these holes when possible, perhaps attacking some pins for eagle and birdie opportunities.
The 18th hole is ranked the most difficult, as the dogleg to the right has deep bunkers that alternate on either side. To make it more difficult, the tree line hugs the left side of the path to the pin. The course is expected to have around 20,000 spectators watching from the last hole on Sunday.