Welcome everyone to the Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus right in his own backyard. The Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio was designed and built by Jack in his hometown and after about four years of construction was opened in 1976 when this event began. The course was named after Muirfield, Scotland which will host this years British Open. Jack won the British Open there in 1966 as part of his first of three career grand slams!
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This a 7352 yard par 72 that will be challenging once again. Not a really difficult course layout with fairly wide fairways and back to the usual four par 5's, we'll look closer at driving distance over accuracy this week as well as GIR, scoring avg, proximity to hole, putting etc.. Tiger got his second of three wins here last year at -9 beating out Rory Sabbatini and Andres Romeo by two strokes, picking up his fifth Memorial Tournament title.
Another one of the schedules five invitational events, like last week we'll again have a limited field of around 125 players. This week we get an elite field as the top 6 players in the WGR descend on Jack's Track including Mr. Tiger Woods who'll be back to defend his title from last year in great form. TW's little buddy and world number 2, Rory will being teeing it up as well. Joining them will be this years Masters winner Adam Scott, 2010 MT Champion Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker and Luke Donald as well as many more of golfs elite.
Tiger Woods 9/4
This man needs little introduction. Tiger has been tearing it up for over a year now winning 7 events in the past 14 months. He is looking very much like the Tiger of old. He's focused, happy and confident and basically until he gives us a reason not to we will expect him to win, especially this week at a tournament he likes and has had good success at over the years on a course he's very comfortable on. Also I believe Tiger has great respect for Jack and knows the importance of playing well to help make it an exciting tournament, similar to what he's done at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill event over the years. Tiger has played here 13 times logging 8 top tens with 5 wins including three in a row from 1999-'01, '09 and last year. This year he has picked up 4 wins in just 7 starts and T4 at The Masters as well. An incredible run no doubt, I see no reason to think he's not going to go out and continue his solid play. Some of his key stats for this week, he ranks 1st on tour in all of the following categories, yes 1st.. Strokes Gained Putting, Eagles, Scoring Average, All Around Ranking, Par 5 B.O.B., Par Breakers, Total Putting! He leads the Tour in other categories but I think we get the idea.
Rory McIlroy 16/1
Rory has had a slower start to the year then Tiger but is now offering some nice value this week and certainly has a chance to get his first win of the year if he is able to play well and compete with Tiger. His game shapes up nicely for this course and he has been playing much better the past couple months after adjusting to his new Nike equipment and new big time contract. I think he's settling down and hopefully has been paying close attention to Tiger and what he's doing because there is no reason Rory can't go on a similar run like he did in the second half of last year when he won three of the biggest events in golf in just four starts. Last year he missed the cut here but wasn’t playing the way he has been at this time last season. He missed the cut at the Players last year and this year T8. I feel like his game is coming around and this may be his week to steal the spotlight from Tiger. He's quietly had a decent start to his 2013 campaign making 7/8 cuts with 4 top tens including solo second at the VTO. Some of Rory's key stats for this week, 9th Driving Distance, 4th GIR, 17th Scoring Avg., 2nd All Around, 8th Par Breakers, 2nd Final Round Scoring, 22nd Total Putting, 4th Fairway Proximity.
Matt Kuchar 20/1
Kuch was our top pick last week and came up just short finishing one stroke back of winner Boo Weekly. Although this course is different than last weeks Colonial, his form is still very much in tact and he's performed very well here in the past. This will be his eighth tour of duty at the Memorial Tournament and he has finished in the top ten in each of his last four starts including his best finish his last time here, T2 in 2011. Kuchar has been playing well all year already winning the prestigious WGC Match Play event. Matt's play has been incredibly consistent recently, he hasn't missed a cut since last years PGA Championship. This season he has made 13/13 logging 5 top tens along the way including T8 at this years Masters. Not the best ball striker on tour however he makes up for it with a stellar short game and clutch putting. Some of his key stats for this week, 25th SG-P, 21st All Around, 8th Scoring Avg., 25th Par Breakers, 4th Par 5 Performance, 27th Proximity to Hole.
Justin Rose 25/1
Rose is great play this week as his game sets up nicely for Muirfield. Rosey ranks number 3 in the world and has had some success here over the years. Alternating top tens with missed cuts the past five trips he look to play similarly or hopefully a bit better than his solo eighth place finish last year. He's been playing great this year has made 6/7 cuts and top 25'd them all. His best finish to date was a solo second at Bay Hill on a course/tournament that is a bit similar to this one. One of the games best tee to green players Justin should be in contention all week if he can make a few putts. Some of his key stats for this week, 11th GIR, 6th Scoring Avg., 1st Sand Save %(75 bunkers in play this week.), 3rd Total Driving & All Around, 2nd Par 5 B.O.B., 5th Ball Striking, 8th Scrambling, 23rd Proximity to Hole.
Henrik Stenson 66/1
Stenson is another one who's been having a consistent year and will look to continue his steady, solid play. He's made 7/9 cuts on tour this year with 3 top tens including T5 at The Players and T2 SHO. Has not had a lot to go on about at this course but course form not as important as some other events. Last year he finished T46 after a final round of 80 cost him a few bucks. He'll be looking to redeem himself this week and his game sets up well for Muirfield. A good all around player with outstanding ball striking numbers, we can expect Stenson to be in contention all week. Some of his key stats this week, 1st GIR, 1st Total Driving, 19th Scoring Avg., 10th All Around, 2nd Final Round Scoring, 22nd Par 5 B.O.B., 37th Total Putting.
Kevin Streelman 80/1
Streelman is offering great value this week on an e/w selection and could very well surprise everyone and get the win. Playing by far the best golf of his career he has been consistent all year. He has made 10/14 cuts this season with 5 top tens including his first career win in Tampa Bay and T2 at the Players. Solid all around game, he's been striking the ball well and will be looking to get back in a nice grove after missing the cut last week. Prior to his MC he had 3 consecutive top tens and I think this track suits his game nicely. He missed the cut here last year but T7 in 2011 and is in good form to be in contention this week. Some of Kevin's key stats, 7th in Total Driving and Scoring Avg., 20th All Around, 9th Ball Striking, 11th Par 5 performance, 21st Total Putting, 9th Proximity to Hole.
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