2019 Memorial Tournament Field Preview

By Ryan Watson

The Memorial Tournament returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club in in suburban Columbus, Ohio this weekend, May 30-June 2. The tournament is the brainchild of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus wanted a tournament in central Ohio, the region where he was born and raised, and set about this by first designing the golf course at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 1974. His plan came to fruition in 1976, when the first Memorial Tournament was held. The tournament has been won by many of game’s greatest players, including Tiger Woods (5 wins), Tom Watson (2 wins), and Justin Rose. Nicklaus himself is a 2-time winner of his own event. Last year’s winner was the always colorful Bryson DeChambeau. 

 

2018 Champion Bryson DeChambeau

The 2018 Memorial Tournament proved to be a nail biter. DeChambeau, famous on tour for his scientific approach and for using wedges and irons that all measure the same length, looked on course for his second PGA Tour heading into the final hole. DeChambeau just needed par on the 18th hole to secure a win, something that seemed assured following his steady play throughout the weekend. Instead, his putting let him down and he was forced to settle for a bogey. This lead to a 3-way tie for 1st, necessitating a playoff between DeChambeau, Kyle Stanley and Byeong-Hun An. The playoff occured on the 18th hole, with DeChambeau and An hitting par and eliminating Stanley on the first extra hole. As DeChambeau and An squared off again on the 18th, DeChambeau would come out ahead with a 12-foot birdie putt to seal the victory. DeChambeau used his Memorial Tournament win as a springboard to end the season on a high with 2 more wins and a spot on the American Ryder Cup team. 

 

Field Preview

DeChambeau faces a strong field as he looks to become the first back-to-back champion at the Memorial Tournament. FedEx Cup points leader Matt Kuchar is teeing up along with Jason Day, now a local resident, who will look to use that advantage to score a win this weekend. Justin Thomas comes back from a wrist-injury to play the Memorial, his first tournament since the Masters. Other contenders include Xander Schauffele and Rory McIlroy, while veteran Phil Mickelson looks to tune his game before the U.S. Open in 2 weeks time. Tiger Woods also returns to the tournament looking for what be his 6th Memorial win. Woods also needs just 1 more win to see him tie Sam Snead for most PGA Tour victories with 82. 


How to Watch

Television coverage of each round is provided by CBS and the Golf Channel. Coverage begins on the Golf Channel Thursday and Friday, 2:30-6:30pm ET. Coverage begins Saturday on the Golf Channel 12:30-2:45pm ET, before switching to CBS 3-6pm ET. Sunday coverage starts 12-2:15pm ET on the Golf Channel before ending on CBS 2:30-6pm ET. The tournament is also streaming on PGA Tour Live and on the radio via the PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM and PGATour.com. 

 

 

 


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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.

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