The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
Dates: May 27 – June 2, 2013
Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, OH
Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,352 yards
Defending champion: Tiger Woods
Purse: $6,200,000; Winner’s Share: $1,116,000;
Format: 72-hole stroke play
FedExCup: 500 points to the winner
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How the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance was won in 2012
- Entering the final round trailing by four shots, Tiger Woods fired a final-round 67, including a dramatic chip-in on the 16th hole to win his then 73rd PGA TOUR event tying tournament host Jack Nicklaus for second in all time career PGA TOUR wins.
- “I don’t think under the circumstances I’ve ever seen a better shot,” Nicklaus said of his birdie from the rough on the par 3 16th hole.
- The win was Woods’ fifth at The Memorial.
Defending champion Tiger Woods
- Since his 73rd career TOUR victory at the 2012 Memorial, Woods has gone on to win five times on the PGA TOUR, including four victories in 2013. His victory total now stands at 78, four shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record of 82.
- With his fourth win of 2013 at THE PLAYERS, Woods won four tournaments earlier (May 12) than in any of his previous seasons on TOUR. Previously, the quickest Woods recorded four wins was in 2000 (May 28) and 2001 (June 3), both at the Memorial Tournament.
Tiger Woods tournaments with five or more victories (professional starts only)
- Since 1999, Woods has posted 41 of 44 rounds at even-par or better at the Memorial Tournament.
- Twelve of Woods’ 78 U.S. PGA TOUR victories have come in the state of Ohio: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational—7-1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009; the Memorial Tournament—5-1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2012).
A glance at the field
- 24 of the top 30 in the FedExCup standings, including nine of the top 10: Tiger Woods (1); Brandt Snedeker (2); Kevin Streelman (3); Billy Horschel (4); Matt Kuchar (5); D.A. Points (7); Keegan Bradley (8); Adam Scott (9); and Charles Howell III (10).
- 22 of the top 30 players in the Official World Golf Ranking, including six of the top 10: Tiger Woods (1); Rory McIlroy (2); Adam Scott (3); Justin Rose (4); Brandt Snedeker (5); Luke Donald (6).
- Past Memorial champions: Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2012); Justin Rose (2010); Kenny Perry (1991, 2003, 2008); K.J. Choi (2007); Carl Pettersson (2006); Ernie Els (2004); Jim Furyk (2002); Fred Couples (1998) and Vijay Singh (1997).
- Eight players with 10 or more career PGA TOUR victories: Tiger Woods (78), Vijay Singh (34), Davis Love III (20), Ernie Els (19), Jim Furyk (16), Fred Couples (15), Kenny Perry (14); Justin Leonard (12).
- 16 different 2013 TOUR winners: Sang-Moon Bae (HP Byron Nelson Championship); Scott Brown (Puerto Rico Open); Derek Ernst (Wells Fargo Championship); Brian Gay (Humana Challenge); Russell Henley (Sony Open in Hawaii); Billy Horschel (Zurich Classic of New Orleans); Dustin Johnson (Hyundai Tournament of Champions); Matt Kuchar (WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship); Martin Laird (Valero Texas Open); John Merrick (Northern Trust Open); D.A. Points (Shell Houston Open);
Adam Scott (The Masters); Brandt Snedeker (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am); Kevin Streelman (Tampa Bay Championship); Michael Thompson (Honda Classic); Tiger Woods (Farmers Insurance Open; World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship; Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Cadillac; THE PLAYERS).
- Adam Scott makes his second start since becoming the first Australian to win The Masters Tournament. Scott earned his ninth overall win and first major victory in his 202nd career start at the age of 32 years, 8 months and 28 days.
- Rory McIlroy is coming consecutive top-10 finishes with a T10 on the PGA TOUR at the Wells Fargo Championship and a T8 at THE PLAYERS. McIlroy missed the cut at last year’s Memorial after finishing T10 and fifth in his first two attempts at Muirfield.
- Lee Westwood returns to the Memorial for the first time in a decade. The Englishman’s lone previous appearance came in 2003
- Kenny Perry, a three-time winner at the Memorial in 1991, 2003 and 2008, will play the event for the 24th time in 2013. Perry has three wins with a total of six top-10 finishes with four missed cuts in 23 appearances at Muirfield Village GC.
- Perry is joined by 1998 champion Fred Couples as the two players over 50 and on the Champions Tour who will be playing in this year’s Memorial. Couples is playing in the event for the 22nd time. In addition to his win in 1998, Couples finished runner-up twice in 2004 and 2005 as part of his six top-10 finishes at the event. Couples will serve his third stint as the captain of the United States Presidents Cup Team when the Presidents Cup comes to Muirfield Village October 2-6.
- 14-year-old Guan Tianlang caught the attention of the golfing world at the Masters in April, which he qualified for by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. The youngest player to ever compete at Augusta, the teen posted rounds of 73-75-77-75 to finish 58th. As the only amateur to make the cut, Lang took home Augusta National’s Silver Cup for low amateur honors. The fourth-youngest player to ever make a start in a PGA TOUR event came back two weeks later with a 71st place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and later missed the cut at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Miscellaneous Tournament Notes
- In the 37-year history of the Memorial Tournament, only seven International players have won at Muirfield Village Golf Club, most recently Justin Rose in 2010.
- Kenny Perry’s victory in 2008 came at the age of 47 years, 9 months and 22 days, making him the tournament’s oldest champion. Tiger Woods is the youngest champion in tournament history, winning the event in 1999 at 23 years, 5 months and 7 days.
- Tiger Woods holds the longest active streak of consecutive cuts made at the Memorial having made the cut in each of his 13 times playing the event.
- The tournament record at the Memorial Tournament is 268 (-20) by Tom Lehman in 1994 while the course record at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 61 (-11) by John Huston in 1996.
- The 54-hole leader/co-leader has gone on to victory 17 times in the 36-year history of the Memorial Tournament. The 1997 event was shortened to 54 holes due to inclement weather.
The Presidents Cup coming to Muirfield Village GC
- The 10th Presidents Cup will be contested at Muirfield Village Golf Club, September 30-October 6. The venue becomes the first to host The Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.
- Fred Couples will reprise his role as U.S. captain for the third time after winning efforts in 2009 and 2011. Nick Price, a five-time Presidents Cup participant (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003), will serve as captain of the International Team for the first time in 2013.
- Eight of the top 10 players in the U.S. team standings and six of the top 10 players in the International team standings will compete at the Memorial Tournament.
- The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team captured the last playing of the event in 2011 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which was the first international venue to host this prestigious competition more than once. The overall series stands with the U.S. holding a 7-1-1 record.
- Members of the 2013 U.S. Team will be selected based on official PGA TOUR earnings from the 2011 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola through the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship, which concludes on Monday, September 2. Money earned during the 2013 season will be doubled. International Team members will be chosen on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, September 2 (post-Deutsche Bank Championship) and does not include players eligible for the European Ryder Cup Team.
- The eligibility rankings are used to select 10 members for both squads. The 12-man teams are rounded out by two captain’s selections per team, to be announced on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
The Memorial Experience on DIRECTV
- DIRECTV provides four screens of enhanced and expanded coverage of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance starting on June 1st on DIRECTV channels 710-714.
- The channels a featured group channel following one of the key pairings each day, the launch pad channel focused on the tee shot from a specific hole, a SHOTLink Channel dedicated to extending statistical analysis that goes far beyond the average golf coverage and the PGA TOUR’s Live@ series which focuses on two of the iconic holes at Muirfield Village.
Raymond Floyd to be Memorial Tournament honoree in 2013
- Raymond Floyd was known as one of golf’s most fiery competitors. He used that intensity to win 22 PGA TOUR
titles, another 11 on the Champions Tour, and earn an eventual induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
- The Captains Club announced last June that the 2013 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance would be played in honor Floyd, whose top triumphs included four major championships and the 1982 Memorial Tournament, which he considered one of the most important to his career.
- Floyd, a native of Fort Bragg, N.C., was never easy to beat. In a career that spanned four decades, Floyd was a perennial contender due to his superb short game and mental toughness. He is widely considered one of the greatest chippers to ever play the game.
PGA TOUR Wives Association’s 25th anniversary
- Earlier this year, the PGA TOUR Wives Association celebrated its 25th anniversary with the launch of a commemorative book entitled “Beyond the Fairways and Greens; A Look Inside the Lives of PGA TOUR Families.”
- The 384-page, hardbound book offers readers a rare glimpse into the lives of TOUR families, through the telling of stories and inclusion of pictures.
- The book also features 134 treasured recipes submitted by the families of generations of golfers, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler.
Together, Anything’s Possible at the Memorial Tournament
- As the PGA TOUR nears the $2 billion mark in charitable giving, the Memorial continues to be one of the leading charitable events on the PGA TOUR. The tournament continues the PGA TOUR’s philanthropic focus through its several relationships with Central Ohio charities.
- The most significant of which is a 35-year relationship with primary benefactor, Nationwide Children’s. Contributions generated through the support of over 2,600 volunteers, are distributed each year to the Hospital’s unrestricted giving fund. This fund assists in ensuring Central Ohio continues to have one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States.
Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation
- In June of 2010 a new charitable alliance was announced among the Memorial Tournament, Nationwide Children’s and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
- The new alliance establishes Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation as a lead charity of the Memorial Tournament and supporter of Nationwide Children’s.
- The relationship enables the Memorial to increase its long-standing support and promotion of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Memorial Tournament NICU, while combining the strengths of three very powerful organizations, all for the benefit of Central Ohio pediatric care.
Legends Luncheon raised $550,000
- The Memorial Tournament successfully created the Legends Luncheon in 2011 to benefit the Memorial Tournament NICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Jack and Barbara Nicklaus along with the CEO and spouses of Nationwide Insurance and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are the Executive Chairs leading a group of approximately 40 additional Columbus figureheads that drive participation in the luncheon.
- The Memorial Tournament earned a PGA TOUR award for “Best Special Event” for its Legends Luncheon in 2012.
- In April, it was announced the 2013 Legends Luncheon featuring Jack Nicklaus and Jim Furyk raised more than $550,000, bringing the three-year total for the event to $1.1 million.
- The luncheon also included the presentation of the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award to 6-year-old Addie McGarry of Athens, a former Nationwide Children’s Hospital patient who is now healthy and says she loves dinosaurs and wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up.
Source: PGA TOUR