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PGA - the Memorial Tournament Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June 2nd
SITE: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead (1974)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,352
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 470 yds10 - Par 4 471 yds
2 - Par 4 455 yds11 - Par 5 567 yds
3 - Par 4 401 yds12 - Par 3 184 yds
4 - Par 3 200 yds13 - Par 4 455 yds
5 - Par 5 527 yds14 - Par 4 363 yds
6 - Par 4 447 yds15 - Par 5 529 yds
7 - Par 5 563 yds16 - Par 3 201 yds
8 - Par 3 185 yds17 - Par 4 478 yds
9 - Par 4 412 yds18 - Par 4 444 yds
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36 3,660 yds36 3,692 yds
 
Annual:  38th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Tiger Woods
Runner-Up:  Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini
Tournament Record:  268 (Tom Lehman, 1994)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Scott Hoch, 1987)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Scott Hoch, 1987; Rickie Fowler, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (John Huston, 1996)
Total Purse:  $6,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,116,000; 2nd Place - $669,600; 3rd Place - $421,600
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Tiger Woods279Jonathan Byrd284
Andres Romero281Matt Every284
Rory Sabbatini281Justin Rose285
Spencer Levin283Three players at286
Daniel Summerhays283
 
Past Memorial Tournament Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Tiger Woods (279) -- Andres Romero, Rory Sabbatini
2011Steve Stricker (272) -- Brandt Jobe, Matt Kuchar
2010Justin Rose (270) -- Rickie Fowler
2009Tiger Woods (276) -- Jim Furyk
2008Kenny Perry (280) -- Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose, Mike Weir
2007K.J. Choi (271) -- Ryan Moore
2006Carl Pettersson (276) -- Zach Johnson, Brett Wetterich
2005Bart Bryant (272) -- Fred Couples
2004Ernie Els (270) -- Fred Couples
2003Kenny Perry (275) -- Lee Janzen
2002Jim Furyk (274) -- John Cook, David Peoples
2001Tiger Woods (271) -- Paul Azinger, Sergio Garcia
2000Tiger Woods (269) -- Ernie Els, Justin Leonard
1999Tiger Woods (273) -- Vijay Singh
1998Fred Couples (271) -- Andrew Magee
1997#Vijay Singh (202) -- Jim Furyk, Greg Norman
1996Tom Watson (274) -- David Duval
1995Greg Norman (269) -- David Duval, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Elkington
1994Tom Lehman (268) -- Greg Norman
1993Paul Azinger (274) -- Corey Pavin
1992*David Edwards (273) -- Rick Fehr
1991*Kenny Perry (273) -- Hale Irwin
1990#Greg Norman (216) -- Payne Stewart
1989Bob Tway (277) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1988Curtis Strange (274) -- David Frost, Hale Irwin
1987Don Pooley (272) -- Curt Byrum
1986Hal Sutton (271) -- Don Pooley
1985Hale Irwin (281) -- Lanny Wadkins
1984*Jack Nicklaus (280) -- Andy Bean
1983Hale Irwin (281) -- Ben Crenshaw, David Graham
1982Raymond Floyd (281) -- Peter Jacobsen, Wayne Levi, Roger Maltbie
1981Keith Fergus (284) -- Jack Renner
1980David Graham (280) -- Tom Watson
1979Tom Watson (285) -- Miller Barber
1978Jim Simons (284) -- Bill Kratzert
1977Jack Nicklaus (281) -- Hubert Green
1976*Roger Maltbie (288) -- Hale Irwin

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Tiger WoodsT-43rdT-3---T-15---WonT-19---Won
Justin Rose---4thT-75T-14---T-2mcWonmc8th
Luke DonaldT-45mc------T-35T-6T-14---T-712th
Bo Van Pelt---mcT-3T-46T-23T-30mcT-3T-13T-13
Jim FurykT-24---T-8T-18T-23T-392ndT-10mcT-13
Vijay SinghT-4T-24mcT-38T-15---mcT-12T-37T-16
Davis Love III---T-16mcT-29mcT-60T-5T-52T-37T-16
Dustin Johnson---------------68thT-14T-334thT-19
Hunter Mahan---61st---------mcT-14mcT-13T-19
K.J. ChoiT-135thT-8T-62WonT-5313thT-52T-22T-19
Charl Schwartzel---------T-62T-62---T-27---T-22T-19
Ricky Barnes---------------------T-3T-18T-25
Brian Davis---------------mcmc67thT-18T-25
Stewart Cink6thT-40T-45T-12T-5T-30T-8T-8T-30T-25
Ryan Moore---------T-312ndT-10mcT-5T-22T-38
Adam ScottT-29---T-52T-4T-5---mcT-33---T-46
Rickie Fowler---------------------2ndT-22T-52
Ernie ElsT-13WonT-45T-68T-15mcT-8mc61stT-58
Brandt Jobe------T-67T-4------------T-2T-66
Camilo Villegas---------mcT-31---T-34T-28T-30T-70
Rory McIlroy---------------------T-105thmc
Webb Simpson------------------T-48mcT-7mc
Bubba Watson---------T-34T-23mcT-23T-33T-42mc
Carl PetterssonT-34---T-34WonT-31T-10mcT-28mcmc
Keegan Bradley------------------------mcmc
Brandt Snedeker---mc------mcmc---mc---wd
Matt Kucharmc---------T-13T-10T-5T-8T-2---
Kenny PerryWonT-6T-24---T-3WonT-27T-17mc---
Lee WestwoodT-29---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - John Huh
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Kevin Streelman) - Missed the cut
Last week's Darkhorse (Henrik Stenson) - Finished tied for 35th
 
NOTES:
One of the finest fields of the season will be on hand this week for the 38th staging of the Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. The top six players in the world are competing, including world No. 1 and defending champion Tiger Woods.

Woods is playing for the first time since winning the Players Championship three weeks ago. He has four wins in only seven events this year on the PGA Tour. It is the first time Woods has won at least four times in one season since 2009. He is a five-time winner of this tournament, capturing titles in 1999-2001, 2009 and 2012.

Muirfield Village, designed by Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead, is ranked 14th by Golf Digest in America's 100 greatest courses. Muirhead passed away in 2002 at the age of 79 of cardiac arrest following respiratory failure. Muirhead also designed the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills where the Kraft Nabisco Championship on the LPGA Tour is played.

Each year the Memorial Tournament is dedicated to a person, living or deceased, who has played the game with conspicuous honor. The 2012 honoree is Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd, who has 22 victories on the PGA Tour, including four major championships.

Last year, Woods birdied three of the final four holes, including a memorable chip shot at the 16th hole, and earned a 2-shot win over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini. Sitting at 7-under at the 16th hole and trailing Sabbatini by a stroke, Woods lined up a 50-foot downhill chip shot from 15 feet off the green. He bounced the ball off a ridge at the edge of the green, and the ball rolled toward the cup, falling in just before it lost momentum. It prompted Woods to unleash a tremendous fist pump, and he was left alone in the lead when Sabbatini bogeyed the same hole. He called it one of the hardest shots he has ever pulled off. Woods shot a final-round 67 and earned his 73rd career PGA Tour victory, which tied him with the tournament host Nicklaus for second all-time behind Sam Snead (82). Woods has since won five more times and now sits only four wins shy of Snead's remarkable total.

In 2011, Steve Stricker fired four rounds in the 60s to beat fellow Americans Brandt Jobe and Matt Kuchar by one stroke. Stricker finished at 16-under-par 272. Prior to 2011, Stricker had played this tournament 11 times and had never posted a top-10 finish, which was the most starts without a top-10 for Stricker at any PGA Tour event. Stricker was the first player to post four rounds in the 60s since Bart Bryant did it en route to a victory in 2005.

Justin Rose finally captured his first PGA Tour win at this event in 2010. The Englishman closed with a flawless 6-under 66 in the final round to overcome a 4-shot deficit and beat Rickie Fowler by three. Rose finished with an 18-under 270, the lowest score posted in eight years. It was his first win in 162 starts on the PGA Tour. Rose became the seventh non-American champion in the history of this event, joining Korean K.J. Choi, Swede Carl Pettersson, South African Ernie Els, Fijian Vijay Singh, and Australians David Graham and Greg Norman.

In 2009, Woods birdied the final two holes to win this event for the fourth time. Woods closed with a 7-under 65, which was the low round of the final day. Woods' final-round 65 tied the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history. Choi (2007) and Jim Furyk (2002) also fired 65s in the final round when they won. Woods is the all-time money leader at this event with $5,034,448 in earnings. Kenny Perry is second with $3,226,342.

Perry erased a 3-shot deficit in the final round of 2008 to rally and win the title for the third time in his career. Perry closed with a 3-under 69 to collect a 2-shot win over Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Rose and Mike Weir. He finished at 8-under-par 280, the highest winning score since Hale Irwin won in 1985 with 281. Perry also won this tournament in 1991 and 2003 and joined Woods as the only players to win Nicklaus' tournament at least three times.

Perry's win in 2008 marked the sixth time that a player won this event in his 40s and the second time that Perry accomplished it. The others are Nicklaus (1984), Norman (1995), Tom Watson (1996), Perry (2003) and Bart Bryant (2005). Perry became the oldest winner in tournament history at 47 years, nine months and 22 days old.

In 2007, Choi converted a 5-foot par save at the 72nd hole to ward off Ryan Moore and win the title. Choi fired a final-round, 7-under 65 to finish at 17- under-par 271. Choi's 5-stroke comeback tied David Edwards and Furyk for the biggest final-round comeback in tournament history. Edwards rallied from a 5- shot deficit on the final day for victory in 1992 and Furyk turned the trick in 2002.

In 2004, Els joined Watson and Nicklaus as the only players to have won the British Open at Muirfield in Scotland and this event at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

Jay Haas, the 2006 and 2007 Champions Tour Player of the Year, made the cut in 27 of 29 Memorials, an event record. Haas tied for 29th in his last Memorial in 2006.

There have been only four playoffs, the last coming in 1992 when Edwards defeated Rick Fehr on the second extra hole. There have been 20 tournaments played since the last extra session, the longest active playoff drought on the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour moves to Memphis, Tennessee, next week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the final tune-up for the U.S. Open, as Dustin Johnson defends his title.

05/28 17:37:48 ET

As of May 28, 2013, at 05:38 PM ET