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Memorial Tournament

June 4th – 7th, 2015

Muirfield Village G.C.

Dubin, Ohio

Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,392

Purse: $6.2 million

with $1,116,600 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Hideki Matsuyama

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes 22 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, with six players from the top-ten:  #2 Jordan Spieth, #5 Jim Furyk, #6 Justin Rose, #7 Rickie Fowler, #8 Dustin Johnson and #10 Jason Day. The other top 50 players are #14 Hideki Matsuyama, #15 Patrick Reed, #16 Chris Kirk, #18 Matt Kuchar, #19 Phil Mickelson, #20 Billy Horschel, #21 Kevin Na, #22 Bill Haas, #23 Brooks Koepka, #28 Gary Woodland, #34 Ryan Moore, #41 Charley Hoffman, #43 Keegan Bradley, #44 Charl Schwartzel, #46 Matt Every and #49 Tommy Fleetwood.

Last year this event had 26 top-50 players and in 2013 they had 33 so their is 12 less playing this year than just two years ago.

The field includes 20 of the top 25 on the FedEx point standings for 2015.  Those players are #1 Jordan Spieth, #4 Charley Hoffman, #6 Patrick Reed, #7 Dustin Johnson, #10 Ben Martin, #13 Robert Streb, #12 Hideki Matsuyama, #13 Jason Day, #14 Chris Kirk, #15 Rickie Fowler, #16, Steven Bowditch, #17 Bill Haas, #18 Kevin Kisner, #19 Ryan Moore, #20 Sangmoon Bae, #21 Gary Woodland, #22 Brooks Koepka, #23 Daniel Berger, #24 Jim Furyk and #25 Justin Rose.

The field includes 19 players in the top 25 on this year’s PGA Tour money list. Those players are #1 Jordan Spieth, #4 Dustin Johnson, #6 Charley Hoffman, #9 Rickie Fowler, #10 Patrick Reed, #11 Hideki Matsuyama, #12 Jason Day, #13 Ben Martin, #14 Justin Rose, #15 Gary Woodland, #16 Chris Kirk, #17 Robert Streb, #18 Ryan Moore, #19 Kevin Kisner, #20 Steven Bowditch, #21 Bill Haas #23 Jim Furyk, #24 Sangmoon Bae and #25 Kevin Na.

The field includes 11 past champions: Hideki Matsuyama (2014), Matt Kuchar (2013), Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, ’01, ’09 & ’12), Steve Stricker (2011), Justin Rose (2010), Kenny Perry (2003 & ’08), K.J. Choi (2007), Carl Pettersson (2006), Ernie Els (2004), Jim Furyk (2002) and Vijay Singh (1997).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the Memorial field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the Memorial in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the Memorial.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker North America, Bovada.  They give winning odds plus top-five and first round leader odds.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

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Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the Memorial Tournament

Player Byron Nelson Irish Open Colonial BMW PGA Wells Fargo Open de Espana The Players Mauritius Open Cadillac Match Play Zurich Classic Shenzhen Intern. RBC Heritage Volvo China
Kevin Kisner
(230 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(70)
DNP T38
(12)
DNP T2
(100)
DNP DNP T28
(14.67)
DNP 2
(33.33)
DNP
Tommy Fleetwood
(229.33 pts)
DNP T21
(29)
DNP T6
(90)
DNP T33
(17)
DNP DNP T5
(70)
DNP 3
(30)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
Francesco Molinari
(221 pts)
DNP T51
(0)
DNP 5
(105)
DNP T2
(100)
DNP DNP T34
(16)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Chris Kirk
(202 pts)
DNP DNP Win
(132)
DNP DNP DNP T13
(37)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP T69
(0)
DNP
Rickie Fowler
(190.33 pts)
DNP T30
(20)
DNP DNP DNP DNP Win
(132)
DNP T9
(45)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Gary Woodland
(170 pts)
T60
(0)
DNP DNP DNP T4
(80)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP 2
(100)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Ben Martin
(169.33 pts)
DNP DNP T10
(40)
DNP T38
(12)
DNP T4
(80)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP T37
(4.33)
DNP
Jordan Spieth
(156 pts)
T30
(20)
DNP T2
(100)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP T11
(13)
DNP
George McNeill
(152.33 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(70)
DNP T28
(22)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP T44
(2)
DNP
Steven Bowditch
(147.33 pts)
Win
(132)
DNP DQ
(-5)
DNP T47
(3)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP T44
(2)
DNP
Pat Perez
(141 pts)
DNP DNP T5
(70)
DNP T20
(30)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T26
(8)
DNP
Justin Rose
(129 pts)
DNP DNP DNP T38
(18)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T17
(33)
Win
(88)
DNP DNP DNP
Jason Bohn
(128.33 pts)
DNP DNP T2
(100)
DNP T9
(45)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T55
(0)
DNP
Robert Streb
(126.33 pts)
DNP DNP T19
(31)
DNP T4
(80)
DNP T30
(20)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T44
(2)
DNP
Andy Sullivan
(120.5 pts)
DNP T6
(60)
DNP 17
(49.5)
DNP WD
(-5)
DNP DNP T34
(16)
DNP 54
(0)
DNP DNP
Justin Thomas
(119.33 pts)
T55
(0)
DNP DNP DNP T7
(55)
DNP T24
(26)
DNP DNP T12
(25.33)
DNP T11
(13)
DNP
Bill Haas
(119.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T68
(0)
DNP T4
(80)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP DNP T31
(6.33)
DNP
Kevin Na
(116 pts)
DNP DNP T10
(40)
DNP DNP DNP T6
(60)
DNP T34
(16)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jim Furyk
(114 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T56
(0)
DNP 4
(80)
DNP DNP Win
(44)
DNP
Chesson Hadley
(112 pts)
DNP DNP T24
(26)
DNP T20
(30)
DNP T24
(26)
DNP DNP T8
(33.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
George Coetzee
(111 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T74
(0)
DNP DNP DNP Win
(88)
T17
(33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Thomas Aiken
(110.83 pts)
DNP T43
(7)
DNP T35
(22.5)
DNP T22
(28)
DNP 4
(53.33)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Hideki Matsuyama
(108 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T20
(30)
DNP T17
(33)
DNP T9
(45)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jim Herman
(107.33 pts)
T73
(0)
DNP T33
(17)
DNP T13
(37)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP DNP DNP
John Senden
(107.33 pts)
T46
(4)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T8
(50)
DNP T5
(70)
CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the Memorial Tournament

Player Byron Nelson Irish Open Colonial BMW PGA Wells Fargo Open de Espana The Players Mauritius Open Cadillac Match Play Zurich Classic Shenzhen Intern. RBC Heritage Volvo China
Andrew Svoboda
(-50 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Justin Leonard
(-30 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Michael Putnam
(-30 pts)
T73
(0)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T58
(0)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Camilo Villegas
(-28.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP WD
(-1.67)
DNP
Andrew Putnam
(-26.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Scott Piercy
(-24.67 pts)
WD
(-5)
DNP T43
(7)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP
Daniel Summerhays
(-20 pts)
DNP DNP T58
(0)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T60
(0)
DNP
Jason Kokrak
(-19.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T18
(10.67)
DNP
Sam Saunders
(-17 pts)
T71
(0)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T47
(3)
DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP
Seung-Yul Noh
(-16.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP WD
(-3.33)
DNP CUT
(-3.33)
DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

Just two more weeks before the U.S. Open.  As I write this on Monday afternoon, Tiger Woods is at Chambers Bay right now playing a practice round.  Yesterday Phil Mickelson was at Chambers Bay and Rory McIlroy has said that he will arrive in Tacoma on Friday Night the week before the Open and play practice rounds over the weekend.  Amazing how much feedback Chambers Bay is getting, frankly it’s not positive as many are voicing their displeasure over the undulations in the greens and other little things.

I have to agree that some of the greens like 7 and 17 could go too far, but I guess we just have to see how Mike Davis does the course.  We saw how hard a links course could be as scores were high at the Irish Open.  Any course is tough in wind and wet weather, Royal County Down was that way last week.  So that could be what decides how players feel toward the course, on if the weather is nice and winless.

Things you need to know about the Memorial:

This is the 40th annual Memorial Tournament. The first one was played in 1976 and it has always been played at Muirfield Village.  There are close ties between the Memorial Tournament and Jack Nicklaus. The tournament was a long-time vision of Nicklaus, who grew up playing the famous Scioto Country Club, which hosted the 1926 U.S. Open.  But the course wasn’t large enough to hold a major championship so Nicklaus built Muirfield Village with that in mind.  In some ways the Memorial mirrors the Masters beacuse it’s the tournament that Nicklaus always thought was the best run on a great course.

The tournament got its name because every year a different golfer is recognized for their contribution to the game of golf. The first Memorial Tournament honoree was Bobby Jones in 1976. Beginning in 2002, two honorees were selected annually, a male and female golfer. The 2015 honorees for the Memorial Tournament will be Nick Faldo, while  Dorothy Campbell, Jerome Travers and Walter Travice are posthumous honorees. As for the journalism award, Doc Giffin is the honoree.

Course information:

Muirfield Village Golf Club

  • Dublin, Ohio
  • 7,392 yards     Par 36-36–72
  • Muirfield Village has a 76.9 rating and slope rating of 153 from the championship tees. The course is very private. The tees and Fairways are Bentgrass Poa Annua while the rough is Kentucky Buegrass with ryegrass and fescue. The greens are bentgrass.
  • In 2014 Muirfield Village was the 29th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 71.898 average.  Because of the course being soft with a lot of rain the week before and perfect conditions during the tournament, it was the first time since 2007 that the average score was under par.  For comparision, in 2013, Muirfield Village was the 6th hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 73.256 average which is a shot and a quarter over par.
  • During the 1966 Masters, Jack Nicklaus told some of his closet friends that he wanted to bring a major championship to the Columbus area.  Unfortunately,the best course in town, Scioto Country Club, was not big enough to hold a tournament that Nicklaus envisioned.  At the time he was just getting into course designing so he knew just enough to be dangerous on the subject.  He also envisioned that his course would have some of the same characteristics that Augusta National had, plus Nicklaus wanted the event to mirror Augusta.
  • After the Masters, Nicklaus and his trusted friends made secert site surveys around the Columbus area and found the site he thought was perfect, on the Northwestern part of town.  In 1967 with his own money, Nicklaus started buying the land that would be Muirfield Village.
  • By 1970, Nicklaus realized that he had a future in building golf courses. He started his own company and in 1972, under the supervision of Golden Bear Inc., construction began in Dublin, Ohio. The project encountered many delays, including exorbitant amounts of rain that ultimately postponed the completion of the project until late 1973. Jack Nicklaus played the inaugural round of golf at Muirfield in October of 1973. Fittingly, his round was marred by heavy rain storms. The course officially opened on May 24, 1974 with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus shot a 66, which stood as the course record until 1979.
  • Over the years, Muirfield Village has racked up numerous prestigious awards, but the most important accolade that Muirfield Village gets every year is when it is voted one of the five best sites by PGA Tour players, not only because the course is great, but because how well the players are pampered here.  It goes beyond even the PGA Tour rules.  It’s the only tournament on Tour that bans equipment manufacturers, tournament representatives and the media from the practice facilities and locker rooms.
  • When Nicklaus built the course in the ’70s he had championships in mind and of course, a yearly PGA Tour event.  Along with the Memorial, which got started in 1976, the course has held just about every other major tournament, except for a U.S. Open or a PGA Championship.  Other championships that have been held at Muirfield include the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the 1992 U.S. Amateur, the 1995 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge, the 1998 Soleim Cup and last year the 2013 Presidents Cup
  • The par 72 course has 73 bunkers, with water coming into play on 11 holes. In general, Muirfield Village plays a long, challenging 7,392 yards. With a course rating of 76.9 and a slope rating of 153, it is one of the most difficult venues on Tour.
  • Nicklaus didn’t just design this course with the golfer in mind; he was one of the first designers to account for the fan. The 220-acre venue strategically incorporates hills and mounds that allow fans to look downward upon most of the action. This set up mirrors most traditional stadium-seating arrangements found at major sporting events.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the Memorial:

Key stat for the winner:

Normally Muirfield Village is a course that will get you ready for a U.S. Open, except for this year. As a matter of fact it would be a perfect Open venue. It has the length, tight fairways with three-inch plus rough, tree line and fast undulating greens. Just about everything that you would see at a U.S. Open is at Muirfield Village, except for this year.  Chambers Bay is nothing like Muirfield Village so it won’t be a place to think of the U.S. Open, still the course which has had very little rain the last two weeks will be dry and play fast and could play as tough as a venue holding the U.S. Open.

Another key:

Those that do well in majors, do well at Muirfield Village.  Of the 29 different champions of the Memorial they have accounted for 476 wins on the PGA Tour while 16 have won a total of 66 major championships. What’s more, 14 of the last 22 Memorial champions have been a winner of a major championship.

Tournaments that can claim having the most major winners (Since 1976)

  • 28 – Hyundai Tournament of Champions
  • 27 – Players Championship
  • 24 – Memorial Tournament
  • 22 – Verizon Heritage
  • 22 – Farmers Insurance
  • In the history of the Memorial only two leaders after the first round has won (Ernie Els in 2004 and Justin Rose in 2010). 13 second-round leaders have won and 19 third-round leader have won.  Since 1994, only seven 54-hole leaders have failed to win (2001, 2002, 2007,  2008, 2009, 2010 & 2014).  Last year Hideki Matsuyama was T-21st after the first round then was 3rd after the second round and led after the third round.
  • Ten of the last 18 winners were in the top four in greens hit. In 2009 Tiger Woods was T3rd in greens hit while Justin Rose was T-13th in 2010, Steve Stricker was T30th in 2011, Tiger Woods was T-1st in 2012, Matt Kuchar was also 1st in 2013 while Matsuyama was T-22nd last year.
  • Overpowering the par fives is crucial. Matsuyama was a rarity as he only played the par 5s in six under, but before last year between 2000 and 2013 the 13 winners played the par 5s in a average of 9-under, in 2010 Justin Rose was 8 under while Stricker was 6 under in 2011, Tiger Woods was 8 under in 2012 and Matt Kuchar was 7 under in 2013.
  • In past years hitting greens has been important, as Muirfield Village has some of the hardest set of greens to hit from the fairway.  Once you miss the greens it’s hard to get it up and down, in 2014 of the 2,631 greens missed only 1,375 par or better was made, it was the fourth hardest course in scrambling at 52.26%.
  • Accuracy is key to winning at Memorial, eight of the last 12 winners have been in the top-10 in driving accuracy, which proves the point that you have to drive the ball well at Muirfield Village.  In 2009 Tiger Woods was 2nd while in 2010 Justin Rose was T-10th.  In 2011 Steve Stricker kept the tradition up as he was T-3rd but in 2012 Tiger Woods broke the tradition when he was T-14th in driving making him the first player out of the top-ten in driving since Ernie Els won in 2004.  Even worst things got bad in 2013 as Matt Kuchar was T-37th in driving accurany, but in 2014 Matsuyama was T-11th.
  • In its 39-year history there have only been four playoffs, the last coming in 2014 when Matsuyama beat Kevin Na with par on the first extra hole.  Previous to that 1992 was the last playoff year as David Edwards beat Rick Fehr on the second hole.  Since then every Memorial except for three (2005, ’07 and ’11) has been won by at least two shots or more.

Active tournaments that has the least amount of playoffs since 1976:

  • 4 – Memorial
  • 5 – Players championship
  • 6 – Justin Tiberlake
  • 6 – Arnold Palmer Invitational
  • 7 – Honda Classic
  • 7 – John Deere Classic
  • Only nine times in the history of the Memorial has a player shot four rounds in the 60s with seven of them winning. Steve Stricker did it in 2011 but the the last time that happened before that was in 2005 when Bart Bryant prevailed.
  • Last we have to talk about weather.  Frankly with all of the rain in Texas the last two weeks, the PGA Tour has been very lucky to get the Colonial and Nelson completed on time.  Seems that no matter what week the Memorial is played, rain like to pay a visit and this year each of the four days will have a 50% of afternoon thurderstorms.

Who to watch for at the Memorial Tournament

Best Bets:

Justin Rose

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
CUT T8 8 CUT Win CUT T2 T14 T75 4

As he gets his game ready for the remaining majors and summer, I really like him. He has a great track record at Memorial as his shot making style is perfect for course. Look for him to contend and win.

Bill Haas

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T8 T4 CUT T45 T41 T69 T30 CUT T67

Has the game to do well and has the track record at Muirfield Village with a T-8th last year and a T-4th in 2013.

Rickie Fowler

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
CUT T37 T52 T22 2

Think that everyone including himself thinks differently of him now and knows he can win at any time. Hasn’t played well in last four Memorial starts, but was runner-up in 2010 that shows he can play the course. Only possible snag could be his play in Ireland, he played in rough conditions with high winds, sometimes that has an effect on players the next week as bad swing habits popup after playing multiple days in high winds.

Best of the rest:

Dustin Johnson

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T46 CUT T19 4 T33 T14 68

We still don’t know what to think of him at Muirfield Village. Did finish 4th in 2011 but got worst after that with a miss cut in 2013 and T-46th last year. His game is coming around so I think he is a great pick.

Kevin Kisner

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T46

The guy has been knocking on the door, only a mater of time before someone opens up that door for him. This course is good for his game, show with his T-5th at Colonial that he can play on courses that demand good shot-making as he ranks 34th in driving accuracy and 84th in greens hit.

Chris Kirk

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T4 CUT T25 CUT

Won at Colonial, and his chances are good at Memorial. Was T-4th last year at Muirfield Village, his game is sharp and he proved that he can do well on a shot-making course at Colonial, look for him to contend.

Jordan Spieth

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T19 T63

There is a reason he is buried at the bottom on this list. Think his game is back to reality and that said I don’t think this is a good course for him. He will probably have a top-25 but can’t see him contending.

Solid contenders

Jim Furyk

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T19 T21 T13 CUT T10 2 T39 T23 T18 T8 T24

Game is in flux right now after missing the cut at Wells Fargo. Will this course overwhelm him? Probably not, I think it’s time for him to think about the U.S. Open coming up and get that game in shape.

Patrick Reed

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Playing for the first time, these are the type of courses he needs to prove to us that he is a good player. Think he will have a good week.

Brooks Koepka

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Another Memorial rookie, his game has been coming around I can see him getting into contention in the next couple of weeks.

Ben Martin

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T49

Another player that seems to get better every week and could contend real soon. He keeps the ball straight off the tee (ranked 35th in ’15) and also hits lot’s of greens (ranks 13th in ’15). So he is a very good pick for the week.

Long shots that could come through:

Steve Stricker

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T6 T50 Win T17 T27 CUT

Has great mementos at Muirfield and I think he will do very well this week, may not win but a top-ten wouldn’t surprise me.

Tiger Woods

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T65 Win T19 Win T15 T3 3 T4

Yes he is a long shot, nobody on tour gets scared over him anymore. I just don’t know what to think of him, he is now physically healthy but the spilt with Lindsey Vonn had some impact on him. Just think he has so many negative things working for him it’s hard to regain what he use to have. Odds on him missing the cut are better than a win, so it’s your choice what to do with him.

Francesco Molinari

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Italian has shown his game can work in America, plays great on tough courses. Playing for the first time at Memorial, he won’t win but could notch a top-25 finish.

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Be careful with him:

Jason Day

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T37 T41 CUT T33 T27 CUT

There has to be something physically wrong with him, he is too good of a player to have been struggling of late. Withdrew last week, he is playing a hometown event, still think there is something not right with him now.

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