PGA Tour
PGA - the Memorial Tournament Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 4th through Sunday, June 7th
SITE: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead (1974)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,392
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 470 yds10 - Par 4 471 yds
2 - Par 4 455 yds11 - Par 5 567 yds
3 - Par 4 401 yds12 - Par 3 184 yds
4 - Par 3 200 yds13 - Par 4 455 yds
5 - Par 5 527 yds14 - Par 4 363 yds
6 - Par 4 447 yds15 - Par 5 529 yds
7 - Par 5 563 yds16 - Par 3 201 yds
8 - Par 3 185 yds17 - Par 4 478 yds
9 - Par 4 412 yds18 - Par 4 484 yds
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36 3,660 yds36 3,732 yds
 
Annual:  40th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 2:30-6:30 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday -- 7:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Friday -- 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Sunday -- 12-2 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 2:30-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Hideki Matsuyama
Runner-Up:  Kevin Na
Tournament Record:  268 (Tom Lehman, 1994)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Scott Hoch, 1987)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Scott Hoch, 1987; Rickie Fowler, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (John Huston, 1996)
Total Purse:  $6,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,116,000; 2nd Place - $669,600; 3rd Place - $421,600
 
2014 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Hideki Matsuyama *275Adam Scott278
Kevin Na275Ben Curtis279
Bubba Watson276Steve Stricker279
Chris Kirk278Five players at280
Adam Scott278

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Memorial Tournament Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014*Hideki Matsuyama (275) -- Kevin Na
2013Matt Kuchar (276) -- Kevin Chappell
2012Tiger Woods (279) -- Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini
2011Steve Stricker (272) -- Brandt Jobe, Matt Kuchar
2010Justin Rose (270) -- Rickie Fowler
2009Tiger Woods (276) -- Jim Furyk
2008Kenny Perry (280) -- Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose, Mike Weir
2007K.J. Choi (271) -- Ryan Moore
2006Carl Pettersson (276) -- Zach Johnson, Brett Wetterich
2005Bart Bryant (272) -- Fred Couples
2004Ernie Els (270) -- Fred Couples
2003Kenny Perry (275) -- Lee Janzen
2002Jim Furyk (274) -- John Cook, David Peoples
2001Tiger Woods (271) -- Paul Azinger, Sergio Garcia
2000Tiger Woods (269) -- Ernie Els, Justin Leonard
1999Tiger Woods (273) -- Vijay Singh
1998Fred Couples (271) -- Andrew Magee
1997#Vijay Singh (202) -- Jim Furyk, Greg Norman
1996Tom Watson (274) -- David Duval
1995Greg Norman (269) -- David Duval, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Elkington
1994Tom Lehman (268) -- Greg Norman
1993Paul Azinger (274) -- Corey Pavin
1992*David Edwards (273) -- Rick Fehr
1991*Kenny Perry (273) -- Hale Irwin
1990#Greg Norman (216) -- Payne Stewart
1989Bob Tway (277) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1988Curtis Strange (274) -- David Frost, Hale Irwin
1987Don Pooley (272) -- Curt Byrum
1986Hal Sutton (271) -- Don Pooley
1985Hale Irwin (281) -- Lanny Wadkins
1984*Jack Nicklaus (280) -- Andy Bean
1983Hale Irwin (281) -- Ben Crenshaw, David Graham
1982Raymond Floyd (281) -- Peter Jacobsen, Wayne Levi, Roger Maltbie
1981Keith Fergus (284) -- Jack Renner
1980David Graham (280) -- Tom Watson
1979Tom Watson (285) -- Miller Barber
1978Jim Simons (284) -- Bill Kratzert
1977Jack Nicklaus (281) -- Hubert Green
1976*Roger Maltbie (288) -- Hale Irwin

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Hideki Matsuyama---------------------------Won
Kevin NaT-45------66thT-34------mc---2nd
Chris Kirk------------------mcT-25mcT-4
Charl Schwartzel---T-62T-62---T-27---T-22T-19T-8T-8
Matt Kuchar------T-13T-10T-5T-8T-2---WonT-15
Ryan Moore---T-312ndT-10mcT-5T-22T-38T-13T-19
Bo Van PeltT-3T-46T-23T-30mcT-3T-13T-13T-21T-19
Jim FurykT-8T-18T-23T-392ndT-10mcT-13T-21T-19
Ernie ElsT-45T-68T-15mcT-8mc61stT-58T-37T-19
Jordan Spieth------------------------T-63T-19
Jason Dufner------------mcmc---------T-19
K.J. ChoiT-8T-62WonT-5313thT-52T-22T-19T-21T-28
Camilo Villegas---mcT-31---T-34T-28T-30T-70T-41T-37
Jason Day---------mcT-27T-33---mcT-41T-37
Keegan Bradley------------------mcmcT-50T-37
Dustin Johnson---------68thT-14T-334thT-19mcT-46
Stewart CinkT-45T-12T-5T-30T-8T-8T-30T-25T-29T-49
Phil Mickelson---T-4wdT-20---T-5T-13wd---T-49
Carl PetterssonT-34WonT-31T-10mcT-28mcmcT-29T-62
Justin RoseT-75T-14---T-2mcWonmc8thT-8mc
Rickie Fowler---------------2ndT-22T-52T-37mc
Steven Bowditch---------------------------mc
Tiger WoodsT-3---T-15---WonT-19---WonT-65---
Patrick Reed------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Dustin Johnson
Darkhorse - Jason Dufner
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Jordan Spieth) - Finished tied for 30th
Last week's Darkhorse (Danny Lee) - Finished tied for 34th
 
NOTES:
One of the finest fields of the season will be on hand this week for the 40th staging of the Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Six of the top-10 players in the world are competing, including world No. 2 Jordan Spieth.

Spieth finished tied for 30th last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship. He currently leads the money list by more than $1.6 million over Jimmy Walker. Spieth has two wins this season, including his first major title at the Masters.

Five-time champion Tiger Woods is playing this week for the first time since finishing tied for 69th at the Players Championship. Woods has only played in four events this year, with his best finish being a tie for 17th at the Masters.

Muirfield Village, designed by Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead, is ranked 14th by Golf Digest in America's 100 greatest courses. Muirhead passed away in 2002 at the age of 79. Muirhead also designed the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills where the Kraft Nabisco Championship on the LPGA Tour is played.

Each year the Memorial Tournament is dedicated to a person, living or deceased, who has played the game with conspicuous honor. The 2015 honoree is Hall-of-Famer Nick Faldo, who collected 39 victories around the world, including six major championships. He also earned the most points by an individual in Ryder Cup history.

Last year, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan parred the first playoff hole to defeat Kevin Na and claim the title. Matsuyama, who earned his first career win on the PGA Tour, finished the tournament at 13-under-par 275 with Na. It was the first playoff at this event since 1992. Matsuyama became the first player to birdie the 18th hole in all four rounds. He also became the eighth non- American champion in the history of this event, joining Englishman Justin Rose, Korean K.J. Choi, Swede Carl Pettersson, South African Ernie Els, Fijian Vijay Singh, and Australians David Graham and Greg Norman.

Woods birdied three of the final four holes, including a memorable chip shot at No. 16, and earned a 2-shot win over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini in 2012. Sitting at 7-under at the 16th hole and trailing Sabbatini by a stroke, Woods lined up a 50-foot downhill chip shot from 15 feet off the green. He bounced the ball off a ridge at the edge of the green, and the ball rolled toward the cup, falling in just before it lost momentum. It prompted Woods to unleash a tremendous fist pump, and he was left alone in the lead when Sabbatini bogeyed the same hole. He called it one of the hardest shots he has ever pulled off. Woods shot a final-round 67 and earned his 73rd career PGA Tour victory, which tied him with the tournament-host Nicklaus for second all- time behind Sam Snead (82). Woods has since won six more times and now sits only three wins shy of Snead's remarkable total.

In 2011, Steve Stricker fired four rounds in the 60s to beat fellow Americans Brandt Jobe and Matt Kuchar by one stroke. Stricker finished at 16-under-par 272. Prior to 2011, Stricker had played this tournament 11 times and had never posted a top-10 finish, which was the most starts without a top-10 for Stricker at any PGA Tour event. Stricker was the first player to post four rounds in the 60s since Bart Bryant did it en route to a victory in 2005.

Rose finally captured his first PGA Tour win at this event in 2010. The Englishman closed with a flawless 6-under 66 in the final round to overcome a 4-shot deficit and beat Rickie Fowler by three. Rose finished with an 18-under 270, the lowest score posted in eight years. It was his first win in 162 starts on the PGA Tour.

In 2009, Woods birdied the final two holes to win this event for the fourth time. Woods closed with a 7-under 65, which was the low round of the final day. Woods' final-round 65 tied the lowest final round by a winner in event history. Choi (2007) and Jim Furyk (2002) also fired 65s in the final round when they won.

Kenny Perry erased a 3-shot deficit in the final round of 2008 to rally and win the title for the third time. Perry closed with a 3-under 69 to collect a 2-shotwin over Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Rose and Mike Weir. Perry finished at 8-under-par 280, the highest winning score since Hale Irwin won in 1985 with 281. Perry also won this tournament in 1991 and 2003 and joined Woods as the only players to win Nicklaus' tournament at least three times.

Perry's win in 2008 marked the sixth time that a player won this event in his 40s and the second time that Perry accomplished it. The others are Nicklaus (1984), Norman (1995), Tom Watson (1996), Perry (2003) and Bart Bryant (2005). Perry became the oldest winner in tournament history at 47 years, nine months and 22 days old.

In 2007, Choi converted a 5-foot par save at the 72nd hole to ward off Ryan Moore and win the title. Choi fired a final-round, 7-under 65 to finish at 17- under-par 271. Choi's 5-stroke comeback tied David Edwards and Furyk for the biggest final-round comeback in tournament history. Edwards rallied from a 5- shot deficit on the final day for victory in 1992 and Furyk turned the trick in 2002.

Els joined Tom Watson and Nicklaus as the only players to have won the British Open at Muirfield in Scotland and this event at Muirfield Village in Ohio in 2004.

The PGA Tour moves to Memphis, Tennessee, next week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the final tune-up for the U.S. Open, as Ben Crane defends his title.

06/02 15:15:18 ET

As of June 2, 2015, at 03:16 PM ET