2020 Memorial Tournament: Field Preview

By Ryan Watson


The 2020 Memorial Tournament begins Thursday, July 16 before wrapping up on Sunday, July 19 at the famous Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. The tournament was founded by Jack Nicklaus and looks to both honor golf's past while also providing a challenging layout for today’s best golfers. The event is invitational only, and limited to 120 golfers. A strong field has committed to the event, including defending champion Patrick Cantlay. 


2019 Champion Patrick Cantlay

Last year saw a phenomenal final round lead Cantlay to his second PGA Tour win. Cantlay finished with -8 to ensure a 2 stroke win over Adam Scott. Cantlay began the round 4 strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer, the German 2-time major winner. However, Cantlay’s fast start–going -5 on his first 9 holes–combined with Kaymer’s fall to 3rd proved enough to seal the title.  The win pushed Cantlay into the top-10 of the world rankings for the first time in his career, where he has remained ever since.


Field Preview

Cantlay will face what is the strongest field since the PGA Tour resumed play with 9 of the world’s top-10 golfers set to compete. The course is sure to be challenging, with Nicklaus famously updating the course each year to increase the challenge. Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, currently world number 2, has spoken favorably of the course’s difficulty and is looking forward to the challenge. And given that it is likely the most challenging course until the U.S. Open in August, many others will be hoping to hone their game. Rory McIlroy has yet to win at the Memorial and could be due a win. Bryson DeChambaeu is playing the best golf of his career as his new bulkier frame and has yet to finish lower than T8 in the restarted PGA Tour, winning once. There will also be much focus on Tiger Woods, the record 5-time winner of the Memorial, as he plays in his first event following the coronavirus shutdown. Other contenders include Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Webb Simpson. 

Media Coverage

The Memorial Tournament is covered by both CBS and the Golf Channel. Thursday and Friday coverage is solely on Golf Channel from 2:30-6:30pm ET. Saturday coverage begins on Golf Channel 12:30-3pm ET before switching to CBS from 3-6pm ET. The final round is broadcast Sunday, starting on Golf Channel 1-3:30pm ET before ending on CBS from 3:30-7pm ET. Streaming coverage is provided by PGA Tour Live for featured holes and groups each day of the tournament. Radio coverage through PGATour Radio is available on SiriusXM and streaming online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.  






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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