The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide: Spectator and Tournament Information

By Ryan Watson

The Memorial Tournament takes place at Dublin, Ohio’s Muirfield Village Golf Club. The Memorial Tournament was founded in 1976 and is one of only five PGA Tournaments granted invitational status. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and presents golfers with one of the most challenging layouts in golf.


The story of the Memorial begins with one of the golf’s greatest players Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus had long envisioned returning to the Columbus, OH region to create a golf course and tournament that would allow him to give back to the region and game that gave him his livelihood. Muirfield Village was completed in 1974 and provided the first part of Nicklaus’ vision; the inaugural Memorial in 1976 fulfilled the second. Nicklaus has remained host of the tournament since that first tournament. Nicklaus founded the Memorial to remember golf's greats after their playing days had ended and to reflect on their achievements. Each year, one golfer and golf journalist are honored with Nicklaus himself being honored in 2000. All honorees have a plaque installed in their honor at the Muirfield Clubhouse.

The tournament has been won many legends of the game, including Curtis Strange, Jim Furyk and Hideki Matsuyama. Tiger Woods has the most Memorial titles with 5 while Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Kenny Perry, Hale Irwin and founder Jack Nicklaus are also multiple winners. Tom Lehman, winner in 1994, holds the record low score with -20.

Memorial Tournament Honorees

The Memorial Tournament was created by Jack Nicklaus as a way to both pay homage to the most important players in golf history and to challenge the best current golfers in the world. Each year, the winning golfer gets his named etched onto a plaque that remains up in the Muirfield Village clubhouse for the foreseeable future. The Memorial also honors one or more players each year with a banquet and their own plaque to commemorate all they have done for the sport of golf. Nicklaus himself was honored in 2000 for his own contributions to the game. Here is the complete list of Memorial Tournament Honorees.

YearMemorial Honorees
2020Nick Price, Gene Littler, Ted Ray
2019Judy Rankin
2018Hale Irwin, Jock Hutchinson, Willie Turnesa
2017Greg Norman, Tony Lema, Ken Venturi, Harvie Ward
2016Johnny Miller, Leo Diegel, Horton Smith
2015Nick Faldo, Dorothy Campbell, Jerome Travers, Walter Travis
2014Annika Sorenstam, Jim Barnes, Joe Carr, Willie Park, Jr.
2013Raymond Floyd
2012Tom Watson
2011Nancy Lopez
2010Seve Ballesteros
2009JoAnne Carner and Jack Burke Jr.
2008Tony Jacklin, Ralph Guldahl, Charles B. Macdonald and Craig Wood
2007Louise Suggs and Dow Finsterwald
2006Michael Bonallack, Charles Coe, Lawson Little, Henry Picard, Paul Runyan and Denny Shute
2005Betsy Rawls and Cary Middlecoff
2004Lee Trevino and Joyce Wethered
2003Julius Boros and William C. Campbell
2002Kathy Whitworth and Bobby Locke
2001Payne Stewart
2000Jack Nicklaus
1999Ben Hogan
1998Ben Hogan
1997Gary Player
1996Billy Casper
1995Willie Anderson, John Ball, James Braid, Harold HIlton and JH Taylor
1994Mickey Wright
1993Arnold Palmer
1992Joseph Dey
1991Babe Zaharias
1990Jimmy Demaret
1989Henry Cotton
1988Patty Berg
1987Old and Young Tom Morris
1986Robert de Vicenzo
1985Chick Evans
1984Sam Snead
1983Tommy ARmour
1982Glenna Collett-Vare
1981Harry Vardon
1980Byron Nelson
1979Gene Sarazen
1978Francis Ouimet
1977Walter Hagen
1976Bobby Jones

Spectator Information

Fans looking to make the trip to Ohio have numerous options. The tournament sells weekly badges starting with the Patron Badge for $185. This will give grounds access for the entire week, including the Wednesday Pro-Am and practice rounds. A Pavilion Badge is also available for $290 which provides access to the grounds and the air-conditioned Pavilion overlooking the 18th green. The Pavilion also features breakfast and lunch buffets for purchase and a cash bar. For $290 spectators can get the Golden Bear Club Badge that grants access to the grounds and the Golden Bear Club sports bar located between the 10th fairway and 14th green. This option features an upgraded food menu, cash bar and television viewing. Complimentary youth tickets for anyone 18 and under are also available for kids accompanying an adult ticketholder, while active duty, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces are eligible for 4 complimentary tickets for Military Appreciation Day on May 30th.

For fans not able to attend the tournament in person, television coverage will be available from both the Golf Channel and CBS.

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.