Memorial Tournament: Top 10 Power Rankings for Muirfield Village

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Matsuyama has always seemed like a natural fit at the Memorial Tournament, and I’m not just saying that because he’s a former winner. In an event designed to pay tribute to golf’s greatest players and pioneers, it makes sense that this native of Japan, often lauded as a future great, would take the spotlight as one of the main frontrunners.

At the moment, Matsuyama certainly isn’t playing as well as he was this past winter, when he reeled off five wins over the course of a few months. That said, with his last two starts resulting in a tie for 11th at the Masters and a tie for 22nd at THE PLAYERS, the 25-year-old has been hanging in there against some brutally tough competition. That bodes well for his chances at Muirfield Village, where he boasts a win and a tie for fifth to go along with a missed cut in last year’s edition. With that early exit fresh in his memory, he should be plenty motivated to right the ship this week.

With a fearsome tee-to-green game to go along with his winning experience, Matsuyama is a major threat to come out on top this week. He’s got enough talent to go toe-to-toe with Dustin Johnson on any day of the week.