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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Tournament - Preview

With what proved to be one of our worst efforts of the year at Colonial behind us, it's time to focus our efforts squarely on Muirfield Village Golf Club for the Memorial Tournament presented by by Nationwide Insurance (Memorial).

Muirfield Village is the familiar host to this event, and has been for every edition of this tournament (1976). The expectation is that it will play as a 7,352-yard par 72, featuring the regular amount of par 3s/4s/5s. When looking at the stat sheet from the last few tournaments, there isn't just one way to be successful at Muirfiled Village. What's clear is that driving accuracy has very little to do with success, so strike that. Regular favorites like GIR and SGP should be a factor. Scoring metrics have importance this week, as does bogey avoidance and scrambling. Maybe throw in bunker play, as Muirfield Village is notorious for having some of the most difficult bunkers on the PGA TOUR.

It's to be expected in an invitational, but the class of the field often performs very well here. Here is a list of winners and runners-up since 2005.

  • 2005 - Bart Bryant (272 / 16-under) over Fred Couples (273)
  • 2006 - Carl Pettersson (276) over Zach Johnson and Brett Wetterich (278)
  • 2007 - K.J. Choi (271) over Ryan Moore (272)
  • 2008 - Kenny Perry (280) over Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose and Mike Weir (282)
  • 2009 - Tiger Woods (276) over Jim Furyk (277)
  • 2010 - Justin Rose (270) over Rickie Fowler (273)
  • 2011 - Steve Stricker (272) over Brandt Jobe and Matt Kuchar (273)
  • 2012 - Tiger Woods (279) over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini (281)
  • 2013 - Matt Kuchar (276) over Kevin Chappell (278)
A fun fact, there hasn't been a playoff in this event since 1992 when David Edwards beat Rick Fehr. 

It should also be pointed out that this course hosted the Presidents Cup last year. 

We will put together our usual formula of course history, current form and relevant stats and spit out some version of a power ranking tomorrow.

On that note, it seems the general consensus is that everyone liked the new form last week, but some wanted a ranking. I will keep the format as it was last Monday, but add a top-12 ranking in name only as I have in the past. 

Happy research!

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