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Memorial Tournament
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Tournament information
Location Dublin, Ohio
Established 1976
Course(s) Muirfield Village Golf Club
Par 72
Yardage 7,366
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Purse $6,000,000
Month played June
Tournament record score
Aggregate 268 Tom Lehman (1994)
To-par -20 Tom Lehman (1994)
Current champion
United States Tiger Woods

The Memorial Tournament is a PGA Tour golf tournament which is closely associated with Jack Nicklaus. It is played on a Nicklaus-designed course at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Nicklaus' home town of Columbus. The golf course passes through a large neighborhood called Muirfield Village. There is a statue of Jack Nicklaus teaching a young child how to golf along Muirfield Drive.

As a restricted field event on the PGA Tour, only the first 75 players on the previous years money-list are guaranteed invites.[1]

One of the main features of the tournament is a yearly induction ceremony honoring past golfers. A plaque for each honoree is installed near the clubhouse at Muirfield. Jack Nicklaus himself was the honoree in 2000.

Columbus is where Nicklaus was born and raised, where he started his own family, and where he learned the game of golf. It was Nicklaus's vision to create a golf club that embodied his personal and professional life and to create a golf tournament that would long represent his passion for tournament golf, and would give back to a community that has embraced him and the game. This vision was fulfilled in May 1976, with the first playing of the Memorial Tournament. This came two years to the day after the doors were opened and the first shots played at Muirfield Village.

Nicklaus signalled his intent to host his own tournament during Masters Week in 1966, when he spoke of his desire to create a tournament that, like The Masters, had a global interest, and was inspired by the history and traditions of the game of golf. He also wanted the tournament to give back in the form of charitable contributions to organizations benefiting needy adults and children throughout Columbus and Ohio. The primary charitable beneficiary of the tournament is Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The Memorial reached the heighth of its popularity in the 1990s having reached "Sold-Out" status, a first on the PGA Tour other than the major championships. For a variety of reasons the event started seeing ticket sales decrease during the last five years.

Tiger Woods has the most victories in the event with four (1999, 2000, 2001, and 2009).

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Weather delays

The Memorial is famous for being at the mercy of Ohio's unpredictable springtime weather. Each year usually sees its fair share of threatening weather, resulting in delays. The 1977 tournament forced the postponement of the final round. The 1990 tournament had to be called off early due to the waterlogged course. The last time a very significant delay took place, however, was 1997.

For several years, the tournament was played Memorial Day weekend, but could not escape frequent rain. In 1989, it was moved up two weeks earlier, and suffered rain yet again. Eventually it landed on the first weekend of June, which has helped avoid May springtime showers.

Winners and Honorees

Year Player Country Score (To Par) Winning Share Honoree(s)
2009 Tiger Woods  United States 276 (-12) $1,080,000 JoAnne Carner & Jack Burke, Jr.
2008 Kenny Perry  United States 280 (-8) $1,080,000 Tony Jacklin, Ralph Guldahl, Charles B. Macdonald, & Craig Wood
2007 K.J. Choi  South Korea 271 (-17) $1,080,000 Louise Suggs & Dow Finsterwald
2006 Carl Pettersson  Sweden 276 (-12) $1,035,000 Michael Bonallack, Charles Coe, Lawson Little, Henry Picard, Paul Runyan, & Denny Shute
2005 Bart Bryant  United States 272 (-16) $990,000 Betsy Rawls & Cary Middlecoff
2004 Ernie Els  South Africa 270 (-18) $945,000 Lee Trevino & Joyce Wethered
2003 Kenny Perry  United States 275 (-11) $900,000 Julius Boros & William C. Campbell
2002 Jim Furyk  United States 274 (-14) $810,000 Kathy Whitworth & Bobby Locke
2001 Tiger Woods  United States 271 (-17) $738,000 Payne Stewart
2000 Tiger Woods  United States 269 (-19) $558,000 Jack Nicklaus
1999 Tiger Woods  United States 273 (-15) $459,000 Ben Hogan
1998 Fred Couples  United States 271 (-17) $396,000 Peter Thomson
1997 Vijay Singh  Fiji 202* (-14) $342,000 Gary Player
1996 Tom Watson  United States 274 (-14) $324,000 Billy Casper
1995 Greg Norman  Australia 269 (-19) $306,000 Willie Anderson, John Ball, James Braid, Harold Hilton, & J.H. Taylor
1994 Tom Lehman  United States 268 (-20) $270,000 Mickey Wright
1993 Paul Azinger  United States 274 (-14) $252,000 Arnold Palmer
1992 David Edwards  United States 273 (-15) $234,000 Joseph Dey
1991 Kenny Perry  United States 273 (-15) $216,000 Babe Zaharias
1990 Greg Norman  Australia 216* (E) $180,000 Jimmy Demaret
1989 Bob Tway  United States 277 (-11) $160,000 Henry Cotton
1988 Curtis Strange  United States 274 (-14) $160,000 Patty Berg
1987 Don Pooley  United States 272 (-16) $140,000 Tom Morris, Sr. & Tom Morris, Jr.
1986 Hal Sutton  United States 271 (-17) $100,000 Roberto De Vicenzo
1985 Hale Irwin  United States 281 (-7) $100,000 Chick Evans
1984 Jack Nicklaus  United States 280 (-8) $90,000 Sam Snead
1983 Hale Irwin  United States 281 (-7) $72,000 Tommy Armour
1982 Raymond Floyd  United States 281 (-7) $63,000 Glenna Collett-Vare
1981 Keith Fergus  United States 284 (-4) $63,000 Harry Vardon
1980 David Graham  Australia 280 (-8) $54,000 Byron Nelson
1979 Tom Watson  United States 285 (-3) $54,000 Gene Sarazen
1978 Jim Simons  United States 284 (-4) $50,000 Francis Ouimet
1977 Jack Nicklaus  United States 281 (-7) $45,000 Walter Hagen
1976 Roger Maltbie  United States 288 (E) $40,000 Bobby Jones

* rain-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Sources[2][3]

Multiple winners

Six men have won the Memorial Tournament more than once through 2009.

References

  1. ^ What's at stake for 2008, pgatour.com, November 1 2007
  2. ^ Memorial Tournament - Winners - at www.pgatour.com
  3. ^ Memorial Tournament - Winners - at golfobserver.com

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