Muirfield Village Golf Club has hosted several national championships and international team competitions including the 1992 U.S. Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup, the 1998 Solheim Cup, the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2013 Presidents Cup.
Muirfield Village was founded and designed by Jack Nicklaus and officially opened in May 1974. It is named after Muirfield in Scotland where he won the first of his three British Open titles. His victory at Muirfield in 1966 completed the first of his three career Grand Slams.
One of the main features of the tournament is a yearly induction ceremony honouring past golfers. A plaque for each honouree is installed near the clubhouse at Muirfield. Nicklaus himself was the honouree in 2000.
The Memorial Tournament is one of only five tournaments given “invitational” status by the PGA Tour and consequently it has a reduced field of only 120 players.
In June 2014, the PGA Tour approved a resolution to grant the winner a three-year playing exemption, one more than other regular Tour events and on a par with winners of the World Golf Championships, The Tour Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Muirfield Village GC is a 7,300 yard+ Par 72 with 71 bunkers and water in play on 11 holes. Like most of Nicklaus’ designs the challenge increases as you near the hole. Muirfield Village is a proper test of golf and a good warm-up event for the US Open. The fairways are fairly generous but the rough is demanding.
The greens are tough and it’s a tricky place to get up-and-down. This is again one of those weeks where accuracy will win over power and a good scrambling game won’t go astray. Expect players in the mix to have a healthy percentage of greens in regulation with first class putting and a low scoring average on the four gettable Par 5s.
Last year, Bryson DeChambeau emerged victorious, beating Byeong Hun An and Kyle Stanley in a playoff. DeChambeau, the 54 hole leader, bogeyed the last hole for a final round -1 (71) and -15 (273) overall. It was his second win on Tour having won the John Deere Classic the previous year.
“To be able to win on Jack’s course is pretty special”
Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green (12th) contributed 56% of his strokes gained on the field average while Strokes Gained Putting (6th) accounted for the balance (44%). Other key stats for the week include T58 Driving Accuracy, 4th Driving Distance, T12 for GIR and T27 in Putts per GIR.
In 2017, Jason Dufner, captured the title by 3 strokes from Anirban Lahiri and Rickie Fowler for his 5th PGA Tour victory. He joined tournament host Jack Nicklaus as the only Ohio-born winners of the Memorial. On his way to victory he set the 36-hole scoring record but undid much of his good work with a +5 (77) on the Saturday. A final round -4 (68) with two lengthy weather delays, was enough to get the job done.
Dufner’s game tee-to-green was sublime. He gained an impressive 16.532 strokes over the field average for the week in Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green. He finished with a negative Strokes Gained Putting losing a total -0.368 on the field. The negative stat was down to his poor showing in the third round. Other stats for the week include 29th in Driving Distance, T7 in Driving Accuracy, 1st in GIR and T7 in Putts per GIR.
In 2016, William McGirt won in a play-off against Jon Curran to secure his first PGA Tour title. He finished with a bogey free final round 71 on a score of -15(273). McGirt ended the week 50th in Driving Distance, T39 in Driving Accuracy, T7 in GIR and 55th in Putts per GIR.
In 2015, David Lingmerth, prevailed in a three hole playoff with Justin Rose to secure his first PGA Tour title. He finished the week 2nd in Strokes Gained Approach and 3rd in Strokes Gained Putting. His stellar iron play and putting resulted in a 3.6 strokes gain on the field average per round.
The Memorial Tournament Betting Tips 2019