The 2014 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance gets underway on Thursday morning at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. With only two weeks left until the US Open, Muirfield Village remains one of the top-stops on the PGA Tour as everyone gets ready for our National Championship at the home of the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus.
Matt Kuchar won here in 2013, making it the first time the 35 year-old from Winter Park, Florida won multiple tournaments in one year. The Kuch fired a final round 68 last year to beat Kevin Chappell by two strokes which was accented by a big 20 foot putt on the 18th hole.
Kuchar had a great day, hitting all but one fairway on the 7352 yard layout. He was able to prevail even though Chappell birdied three of the final four holes to keep the pressure on.
Muirfield Village plays to a par of 72, and is fondly known as Jack’s Place. It was built with an eye on big events, and is the only venue to host all three big match-play events. The Ryder Cup (1987), Solheim Cup (1998) and Presidents Cup (2013) – and the U.S. Amateur paid a visit in 1992.
Both winners from last week’s tournaments will be in the field this week. Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy will be coming in on highs after McIlroy played his best tournament since winning the Race To Dubai in 2012, at The BMW PGA Championship.
McIlroy came from seven shots back to get his first win since he beat Adam Scott at Royal Sydney back in December. Scott is coming to town after beating 2013 PGA Champ, Jason Dufner in a playoff at Colonial. The new number one player was on the verge of missing the cut in Ft. Worth on Thursday, but fought back for his 11th win on the PGA Tour.
Jason Day is making a return to his adopted hometown in attempt to get ready for the US Open. The world’s number six player has been out with wrist problems since his victory at Dove Mountain. Day has only played four competitive rounds since the win over Victor Dubuisson, playing in the Masters back in April.
Ten-time LPGA major champion, Annika Sorenstam will be the Memorial’s honoree this year, coming 11 years after her historic PGA start at The Crowne Plaza Invitational.
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