The 40th playing of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide approaches June 1-7, 2015, and there have been quite a few highlights along the way in the prestigious tournament that Jack Nicklaus created not long after Muirfield Village Golf Club opened in 1974.
In fact, it was exactly two years to the day that the first Memorial Tournanent kicked off on May 27, 1976, and it's a wonderful exercise to look back on all of the great winners, great finishes -- and great exchanges of handshakes, of course -- through the ages
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Since its inception in 1976, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide has produced great entertainment, compelling winners, memorable moments, and served the people of central Ohio well beyond the boundaries of Muirfield Village Golf Club through charitable giving and community initiatives. Founded by golfing legend and Columbus native Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial is celebrating its 40th playing in 2015.
A 16 ½ to 11 ½ victory last month in Gleneagles, Scotland, gave the European Team its eighth win in 10 outings against the United States in the Ryder Cup.
So, here we are again with another edition of the FedExCup Playoffs, which used to be known as the Playoffs for the FedExCup, but branding being what it is these days – everything – the name change was instituted a few years ago for a concept that has worked quite well, in the balance, and should just be called a success.
It was evident in February, at the Honda Classic, that Rory McIlroy wasn’t quite ready to return to the lofty heights he had achieved in 2012 when he won the PGA Championship by eight strokes – eclipsing the record held by Jack Nicklaus from his 1980 victory – and then followed with two more wins in reaching No. 1 in the world.
He had to go overtime, but you can't say that it took a long time for Hideki Matsuyama to win his first title on the PGA TOUR when he won the 39th Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance on June 1.
With a par on the first hole of a sudden death playoff, Matsuyama defeated Kevin Na to become the first Japanese-born player to capture a TOUR title since Ryuji Imada in 2008.
Sir Nick Faldo will take his place in Memorial Park in 2015 when he is inducted as the Memorial Tournament honoree for the 40th playing of the Tournament founded by Jack Nicklaus in 1976. In addition, golfing greats Dorothy Campbell, Jerome Dustan Travers and Walter Travis will be honored posthumously.
Rory McIlroy joined select company - two players prominent to the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance - when he completed his wire-to-wire victory July 20 in the 143rd British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf club in Hoylake, England.
Matt Kuchar, steady as always despite tough, windy conditions, won his sixth PGA TOUR title last year with a two-shot victory over Kevin Chappel in the 2013 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Kuchar recently shared his thoughts on his win last year. Call it a quick nine:
View images from this year's annual benefit concert, IGS Energy Evening with Barenaked Ladies presented by City of Dublin. The 2014 event reached a sellout of VIP tickets and sponsorships. Since its inception, the benefit concert has raised more than $675,000 for the Memorial Tournament NICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Bubba Watson won his second Masters title and second tournament of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season earlier this month with a hard-fought three-stroke victory.
As part of Nationwide Insurance's outreach during the Memorial Tournament, the presenting sponsor is offering fans the opportunity to become a VIP guest simply by wearing the right hat.
When the PGA TOUR shifted from the West Coast to Florida, more than just a change of time zones and the grasses on the golf courses occurred. There also was a slight change in the mentality of the world’s top golfers.
The Masters Tournament, the first of the four major championships of the year, also was part of their thought process. This is not unusual. Memorial Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus said he always began the year thinking of the Masters.
NEW FOR 2014! The Patron Village is located in the heart of Tournament play between Hole No. 10 fairway and No. 14 green. Patron Village includes an area that is open to the public featuring upgraded food and beverage options, special merchandise, a large video screen, a patio and more.
The Memorial Tournament's host and founder, Jack Nicklaus was honored early this month as the recipient of the 2014 National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Award of Merit during the Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla.
Next stop in the record books for Tiger Woods could well be Sam Snead and a mark no one has ever seriously discussed as being vulnerable since Snead won his eighth Greater Greensboro in 1965. That was Slammin’ Sammy’s 82nd career PGA Tour victory.
The 2014 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance will mark the 20th anniversary of Tom Lehman’s 1994 record-setting victory. His four round total of 268, equaling a staggering 20-under-par, is a mark that has stood the test of time. Greg Norman and Tiger Woods have been the biggest threats to Lehman’s record. Both finished within a shot of tying Lehman, Norman with his 1995 victory and Woods in 2000. Relive this exciting moment in Memorial Tournament history.