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Memorial Tournament Winning Formula

Muirfield Village is a proper test of golf. The fairways are fairly generous but the rough is demanding. The greens are tough and it is a tricky place to get up-and-down.

This is an event where accuracy will win over power and a good scrambling game won’t go astray.

Players in the mix at the Memorial have a healthy percentage for greens in regulation with first class putting and a low scoring average on the four gettable Par 5s

2017 | Jason Dufner

Winning Score -13 (275)

Jason Dufner
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.88410
SGAPR10.6821
SGARG2.96713
SGP-0.36847
SGT2G16.5321

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 to the field. The negative stat was down to his poor showing in the third round when he shot a +5 (77). Other stats for the week include 29th in Driving Distance, T7 in Driving Accuracy, 1st in GIR and T7 in Putts per GIR.

2018 | Bryson DeChambeau

Winning Score -15 (273)

Bryson DeChambeau
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT1.73425
SGAPR3.68424
SGARG1.58026
SGP5.4656
SGT2G6.99712

Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green (12th) contributed 56% of DeChambeau’s 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.

2019 | Patrick Cantlay

Winning Score -19 (269)

Patrick Cantlay
Strokes Gained Category
Strokes GainedFinishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT3.0168
SGAPR7.3765
SGARG4.1745
SGP4.6577
SGT2G14.5662

Cantlay finished 2nd in the Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green category gaining an impressive 14.566 strokes on the field average for the week. This accounted for three-quarters of his overall gain. His approach play was dialled-in finishing 5th for the Strokes Gained Approach-The-Green stat. He also finished inside the Top 10 for Strokes Gained Putting, but this only accounted for 25% of his overall gain. Other stats for the tournament include T51 for Driving Accuracy, 4th for Driving Distance, T11 for GIR and 3rd for Putts per GIR

Memorial Tournament Winning Formula

Taking the average strokes gained for the past three winners in each of the strokes gained categories yields the following “winning formula”.

SG CategoryWinner’s Average
Strokes Gained
Average Finishing Position
(SG Category)
SGOTT2.54514
SGAPR7.24710
SGARG2.90715
SGP3.25120
SGT2G12.6985
Strokes Gained breakdown for the last three winners of the Memorial Tournament

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