Jack Nicklaus has long been a proponent of giving back, and he and his wife Barbara, have been strong supporters of numerous charitable causes over the years. It’s hardly a surprise, then, that the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, which Jack founded in 1976, has not only produced great entertainment, compelling winners, and memorial moments, but also has served the people of central Ohio well beyond the boundaries of Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Long before Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance were even a glimmer in the eye of Jack Nicklaus, a seed was planted for an unlikely reunion between two World War II Navy veterans thanks to the Golden Bear's top-rated PGA TOUR stop.
Muirfield Village Golf Club was the dream and work of Jack Nicklaus. Opened in 1974, his creative use of “mounds” and “amphitheaters” became a model for tournament courses around the globe. Nicklaus’ revolutionary design has made Muirfield Village an ideal location for tournament golf.
It was 2007 when the PGA TOUR announced the FedExCup Playoff series and the season-long points competition that was meant to identify a season champion. The initiative also was intended to bring a clean end to the season at the TOUR Championship. However, that proved difficult when there were still tournaments that counted towards the money list after the TOUR Championship.
For the first time in history, The Presidents Cup is being held at a venue that hosts an annual PGA TOUR stop. The following is a detailed breakdown of the differences between the Memorial Tournament and The Presidents Cup.
Jason Day has a home game next week when the 10th playing of The Presidents Cup comes to Muirfield Village Golf Club. Ironically, he’ll be playing as a member of the “away” team as one of the 12 players on the International Team that takes on the host Americans.
Learn how The Presidents Cup impacts the community and beyond.
Awards are nothing new to Jack Nicklaus. The Memorial Tournament Host and Founder, Nicklaus, is set to be honored this week, on Wednesday, July 31, at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, at Firestone Country Club. Nicklaus, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, will officially be named the 2013 Ambassador of Golf by Northern Ohio Golf Charities.
Winning on the PGA TOUR is a major accomplishment for any golfer. The best players in the world compete week in and week out for a chance to join the fraternity of players who have hoisted a trophy on TOUR. First-time winners are even a rarer breed. Since 2009, a mere 26 percent of the victories on the PGA TOUR have come from first-time winners.
Each time Matt Kuchar was challenged during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, the former U.S. Amateur champion responded with the kind of impeccable golf that wins trophies.
For the past 38 years, some of the world's greatest golfers have showcased their talents in Dublin, Ohio, at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. The brightest stars in the game have competed at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the design jewel of the Memorial's Host and Founder, Jack Nicklaus.
Enjoy a short video message from Tournament Host and Founder, Jack Nicklaus, welcoming fans to the 2013 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
They play for money and they play for trophies and they play for prestige and even history. But how often does a professional golfer get to play for a memory?
Were it not for a remarkable piece of bad luck, Tiger Woods, the five-time winner of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, might also be a five-time Masters champion.
But golf tournaments can turn on a bounce here or there, known in golf parlance as rub of the green. Woods knows that all too well. Just look how he rallied to win the 2012 Memorial Tournament, chipping in on the 16th hole in the final round for a birdie that allowed him surge past Rory Sabbatini.
As part of Nationwide Insurance's outreach during Tournament week, they are giving fans the opportunity to become a VIP guest simply by wearing the right hat. Patrons will have the chance to earn the ultimate fan experience of watching the PGA TOUR action from a Nationwide Insurance hospitality venue. Invitations will be extended to up to six patrons each day (Thursday - Sunday) who are spotted wearing the exclusive 2013 commemorative hat. The premium, tournament branded hats are only available at participating Nationwide Insurance agencies.
Giving back is at the heart of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. That spirit is unmistakable in the passionate volunteers that dedicate their time to the Memorial in order to raise thousands of dollars each year for the families at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The 2012 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance was a captivating event on and off the course. From raising funds for children's health care to watching Tournament winner Tiger Woods' astounding chip shot on the 16th hole, Nationwide Insurance is proud to support an event that shines the international spotlight on central Ohio.
Last year was a celebratory year for Nationwide Children's Hospital, the primary charitable beneficiary of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance through the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation. In June, mere days after Tiger Woods hoisted the Memorial trophy for a record fifth time, the hospital unveiled its new patient tower.
Prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club, which is seizing the global golf stage this year as host of the Memorial Tournament and The Presidents Cup, climbed five spots to No. 14 in Golf Digest's biennial list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Muirfield Village, the Central Ohio layout considered by many raters as the jewel in Jack Nicklaus' sparkling design résumé, led a Top-100 roll call of eight golf courses involving the design work of the Golden Bear.