MOST of the world’s top golfers will be back in action on the US PGA Tour this week for the prestigious 2012 Memorial Tournament at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
The winner not only gets to pocket the US$1,116,000 winner’s cheque, they also get to shake the designer’s hand, something most of them would dearly love to do.
Just two weeks out from the US Open the Memorial has attracted 17 of the 20 leaders of the 2012 FedEx Cup rankings and also covers eight of the current world top 10.
The field includes new world No.1 Luke Donald, arch rival Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson returning for the first time since his Masters win, crowd favourite Phil Mickelson and a Tiger Woods insisting things are going much betterer with his golf swing. And getting betterer all the time.
There’s also 11 Aussies in the field, led by Adam Scott and Jason Day. They all carry the desperate hope that one of them is going to win a tournament sometime soon.
Scott returns to a course where he says he shot probably “the best round of golf I’ve ever played” and has to be Australia’s best chance. Day is actually a member at Muirfield and lives nearby so you’d think he would also be feeling at home.
In the 2007 version of the tournament, Scott shot a second round 10-under 62 that still has him feeling very attracted to a course that will be the scene of the 2013 Presidents Cup.
“That round here was probably the best round of golf I’ve ever played,” Scott said in the lead up to the event this week. “I was the low guy that day by five shots. It was a really tough set up and I shot a hell of a round. I can certainly still draw from it and do.”
Scott confirmed how many players feel about this tournament, particularly with the historic figure of Nicklaus looming so large over the week.
“It is a great course and a great venue and it has that feel of a bigger event,” the 31 year old said. “It’s getting close to the part of the year where it is big tournament after big tournament so it’s great prep for the US Open. We are on fast greens with plenty of slope and there is some pretty thick rough so it’s good.”
Whilst Day often practices at the venue he hasn’t played there professionally since the 2010 tournament.
The other Aussies in the field are John Senden, Greg Chalmers, Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, Bryden Macpherson, Rod Pampling, Nick O’Hern, Marc Leishman and Geoff Ogilvy.
Steve Stricker is the defending champion.
2012 Memorial Tournament TV Times
The tournament is being telecast live in Australia on Fox Sports (at the following times) with daily repeats as usual.
Round 1, Friday 1st June, 5am to 8.am; Round 2, Saturday 2nd June, 5 am to 8am; Round 3, Sunday 3rd June, 3.30am – 4.30am, 5am – 8am; Final Round, Monday 4th June, 2am – 4am & 4.30am – 8am.
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