The Memorial Tournament is played at the Jack Nicklaus-owned and designed Muirfield Village. The Golden Bear named the venue after his favourite course on the Open rotation when he bought it in 1966. It’s since become an exclusive neighbourhood but is best known for its 7,392 yard, par 72 course that has hosted some of the PGA Tour’s best since 1976.
Muirfield Village itself is located in the leafy suburb of Dublin in Columbus, Ohio. The Memorial Tournament’s name is derived from the fact that each year they honour a figure or figures from the golfing world for their contribution to the sport. In 2000 the honouree was Nicklaus himself, with others including Seve Ballesteros in 2010, Nick Faldo in 2015 and Judy Rankin in 2019.
Next Played: Thursday, 16th July 2020
The tournament is scheduled to next start on 16th July 2020. Tips will be added a couple of days before the first tee.
Last Played: May 2019
- Winner: Patrick Cantlay
- To Par / Margin: -19 / 2 Strokes
|Muirfield Village||Dublin, Ohio||7,392 Yards||$9,100,000|
Nicklaus’s vision for Muirfield Village was a course on which different styles of golf can succeed and that remains the case even in a time where golf is dominated by power. The longer hitters are able to make the most of some pretty wide landing areas but those who lean most on their ball striking or short games can also contend. Perhaps the most important attribute is approach play as those who find the wrong parts of the green will have a job just to two putt for par but the 2014 renovation work ensured that Muirfield Village will punish poor shots wherever they’re played.
The Memorial Tournament Betting Tips
Note: The following tips are from 2019. Tips for next year will be added the week of the tournament.
Tiger Woods’ win at the Masters got golf fans excited once again about the prospect of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major championships being beaten. No matter how many majors Woods wins in the future, history will say that the men are two of the greatest in golf’s history. The fact that both will be in attendance at the Memorial Tournament this week - Woods as a competitor, Nicklaus as tournament host - tells you all you need to know about this event’s prestige.
Woods is joined by some of the best current players in the world in the field for the 2019 Memorial. Whoever wins this will be given a huge boost of confidence that they’ve finished above so many world class competitors. Tony Finau already knows he can serve it to the best and can prove so again in Ohio by winning at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.
The view of Muirfield Village as a course at which different styles of golf can flourish is borne out by the list of recent winners. The last five winners include players who are long, average and short off the tee (at least by the standards of the PGA Tour) but the one thing that they all had in common was quality approach play. Jason Duffner topped the stats for strokes gained approaching the green, a stat which will be key for the 2019 renewal.
The other thing to note is the number of times the Memorial has been decided by a playoff in recent years. This is a tournament which tends to produce drama right up until the end so don’t rule out players making a late charge through the field on Sunday if you are getting involved in the each way betting.
Analysis: Muirfield Village a Real Second Shot Golf Course
The importance of power and distance in modern golf cannot be debated any more but even the biggest hitters in the world must hit quality approach shots and putt well if they are to truly take advantage of their length off the tee. That’s certainly true at Muirfield Village which has been described by many as a ‘second shot golf course’. It’s easier to make the most of second shots with a wedge in hand than a long iron but shorter hitters who will not be put off hitting first into the greens can go well this week.
Finau’s Putting Improvements Can Pay Off
Tony Finau is one of the most exciting golfers on the PGA Tour. Despite possessing a curtailed backswing, the American is a huge hitter with all the power to keep up with the longest drivers in the game. Finau’s power is vitally important to him but it is far from the only trick up his sleeve.
Finau is an excellent ball striker who ranks well for strokes gained approaching the green and from tee to green. His iron play was at its best last week in the Charles Schwab Challenge where he also unveiled a new putting stroke. Although he was unable to really push Kevin Na in Texas, Finau was very happy to finish second and can go one better this week. He’s never missed the cut at Muirfield Village and has a top 10 finish to his name. That record should improve now he is arguably playing as well as ever and second PGA Tour title could be on the cards at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.
Can Stenson Put it All Together?
It’s been a strange season for Henrik Stenson. The Swede has struggled to achieve the sort of results that he’s become accustomed to but will feel that he’s not actually been playing too badly. Indeed, Stenson actually tops the PGA Tour in terms of strokes gained approaching the green but just hasn’t been able to play well enough for four rounds to really contend. That could well all change this week.
Stenson hasn’t played the Memorial too often but did well enough last year when he finished 18th. The fact that he’s returned to sharpen his game ahead of the US Open is interesting as is some signs that his best golf is not too far around so an each way bet is surely tempting at 55/1 with Coral.
Final Verdict: Tony Finau to Win
Tony Finau has been playing consistently strong golf for a long time now and came as close as ever to winning for a second time on the PGA Tour last week. Buoyed by his play both into and on the greens in Texas, Finau is rightly feeling confident about his chances at the Memorial where he represents very good golf at 25/1 with Ladbrokes.
The Memorial Tournament Recent Winners
|Year||Winner||To Par||Winning Margin|
|2019||Patrick Cantlay||-19||2 Strokes|
|2017||Jason Duffner||-13||3 Strokes|
|2013||Matt Kuchar||-12||2 Strokes|
|2012||Tiger Woods||-9||2 Strokes|
|2011||Steve Stricker||-16||1 Stroke|
|2010||Justin Rose||-18||3 Strokes|
About the Memorial Tournament
The Memorial Tournament was founded by the great Jack Nicklaus back in 1976. The event is one of five tournaments given invitational status by the PGA Tour, meaning it has a field of 120 instead of the usual 156 players.
Back in the 1960s, Nicklaus purchased land in Ohio, with the dream of opening a golf course. The Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio was completed in October 1973, with the first PGA Tour event held on the new course just three years later. The Memorial Tournament has taken place at the same venue every year since then.
Jack Nicklaus named the course after Muirfield in Scotland, where he picked up the first of his three British Open titles in 1966 to win his first of three career grand slam titles. A bronze sculpture of Jack mentoring a young golfer was unveiled at the course in 1999.
Nicklaus picked up two Memorial Tournament wins during his career, with the first of those victories coming in 1977, which was just the second ever tournament. Despite presenting the trophy to himself, Sunday thunderstorms in Ohio forced a Monday finish. The Golden Bear secured his second victory in 1984, beating fellow American Andy Bean in a playoff.
Woods’ Trio of Wins
No golfer has won the Memorial more times than another legend of golf, Tiger Woods. The American’s first victory in this tournament came in 1999, when a young Woods secured a two-stroke win over Vijay Singh. Woods successfully defended his title the following year, which was the first title defence of his career. Tiger was sensational, cruising to a five-shot victory.
Woods then became the first player to win the same PGA Tour three years in a row since Tom Watson’s hat-trick of wins of the Byron Nelson Championship in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Woods went on to win the 2001 Memorial Tournament by a record seven strokes.
Tiger also picked up victories in 2009 and 2012. Woods’ fourth triumph was a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk, which he followed up with a two-stroke win over Andres Romero and Rory Sabbatini three years later.
Woods’ Memorial Tournament Wins
|Year||Who Tiger Beat|
|1999||2-stroke Win Over Vijay Singh|
|2000||5-stroke Win Over Ernie Els & Justin Leonard|
|2001||7-stroke Win Over Paul Azinger & Sergio Garcia|
|2009||1-stroke Win Over Jim Furyk|
|2012||2-stroke Win Over Andres Romero & Rory Sabbatini|
There have been several high-profile winners of the Memorial Tournament over the years, but not many have won it multiple times. Tiger Woods is out on his own with five victories, with Kenny Perry next up with three wins to his name. Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman and Tom Watson have all won the Memorial Tournament on two occasions.
Multiple Memorial Tournament Winners
|Number of Wins (Years)||Player|
|5 (1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2012)||Tiger Woods|
|3 (1991, 2003, 2008)||Kenny Perry|
|2 (1977, 1984)||Jack Nicklaus|
|2 (1983, 1985)||Hale Irwin|
|2 (1990, 1995)||Greg Norman|
|2 (1979, 1996)||Tom Watson|
Azinger’s Amazing Moment
One of the most emotional Memorial moments came in 1993, when Paul Azinger took home the trophy. Payne Stewart missed a par putt to force a playoff, letting Azinger in to win by a single stroke.
Azinger went on to win the New England Classic and the PGA Championship the same year, before sadly being diagnosed with cancer in December. However, Azinger successfully beat cancer after six months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiotherapy. The former US Ryder Cup captain battled back from the setback to win the 2000 Sony Open in Hawaii, but his win at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in 1993 will be fondly remembered.
Strange Successful in Ohio
Curtis Strange had a fine 1987 Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village, so the Memorial Tournament the following year was always set to be a big one for Strange. The star from Virginia excelled in the 1988 Memorial Tournament, with the fast and firm course favouring his style. Strange went on to win his one and only Memorial Tournament by beating David Frost and Hale Irwin by two strokes.