The week’s tour stop is one of the most incredible stops of the year. Welcome to the week of the Memorial Tournament affectionately referred to as “Jack’s Tournament.” Jack Nicklaus is the host and designer of Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin Ohio. It is truly an incredible course that is part of a 220 acre complex. An amazing 11 holes on this course are challenged by some level of water and there are also 75 bunkers throughout the 18 holes at Muirfield Village.
The Memorial Tournament past winner chart is a who’s who in the history of the PGA Tour which only provides credence to the quality of this event since its inception in 1976. Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Fed Couples, Tom Watson, Ernie Els, and Tiger Woods are all past winners of the Memorial Tournament just to name a few. But who will win the 2015 edition of the Memorial Tournament? Let’s take a look at the 2015 Memorial Tournament Predictions, Picks at Muirfield Village.
Dates: Jun 4-7 2015
Course: Muirfield Village
Television Broadcast Coverage (Times):
Thursday: Golf Channel-2:30-6:30 PM EST
Friday: Golf Channel-2:30-6:30 PM EST
Saturday: Golf Channel -12:30-2:30 PM EST, CBS – 3-6 PM EST
Sunday: Golf Channel -12:00-2:00 PM EST, CBS – 2:30-6 PM EST
Purse: $6.2 million total purse, $1,116,600 winner’s share
Memorial Tournament Hole Breakdown
After a reasonable start to the round on the first hole the players step to the second tee which is historically one of the hardest holes on the course with an average score of almost 4.2. It is a 455 yard par-4 with a creek than runs the entire right side of the hole to the 100 yard marker then making its presence known on the right edge and rear of the green. The left side of the hole is protected by mature trees that will destroy a players chances if challenged. The accuracy required on number two validates the historic ranking of the hole. Welcome to the Memorial Tournament.
After a brief reprieve the players are welcomed to the 200 yard par-3 fourth hole which has been ranked as the third hardest hole here throughout the tournaments history at almost 3.2. It plays slightly downhill and drastically penalizes a ball hit left into the wooded area. The green itself is drastically bunkered and challenging if the tee shot is successfully navigated. Walking off this hole with birdie or par can almost be considered getting one back on the field.
Scoring at the Memorial Tournament will have to take place between the fifth and 15th holes because once players stand on the 16th tee they will just be trying to minimize the damage coming in. The 16th is the last par-3 and will play all of 215 yards. The grassy lowland area up front and the large bunker left coupled with the backside bunker will ensure this hole keeps to its historical high average.
17 is yet another challenging hole playing as a 478 yard par-4. It offers trees right which can create a blind shot if approaching from the right side of the fairway. It boasts a small bunkered green protected further by a deep valley short of the green with rough that can destroy a players chances. Expect it’s over par career scoring average to hold true especially when players are trying to charge on Sunday.
Then there is 18. The 444 yard par-4 that is arguably the hardest hole at Muirfield Village. It is built for drama and holds up its end of the bargain more than not. While the drive appears benign it is the bunkering on the right side of the dogleg that have seen many a golf ball. If players hit is long left they are destined to find the creek that is running down the tree line. After a successful drive players are facing an uphill shot to heavily contoured two-tier green that can destroy a players chances with a blink of an eye. Drama will be present on the hole that can accommodate thousands of viewers looking to capture the moment.
Memorial Tournament Top Picks
A full field will be at Muirfield Village this week for the event. Who is the most likely to win this week at the 2015 Memorial Tournament? Attempting to pick a winner out of a full field event is a lot like a needle in a haystack. We have looked at some key holes already so let’s continue with the 2015 Memorial Tournament Predictions, Picks at Muirfield Village.
|Matt Kuchar||He has been a bit off form since his fifth at the RBC Heritage but he has history here and there is nothing better than comfort to turn things around. In his last six trips to the Memorial Tournament he has managed five top-10s. Kuchar also won this event in 2013 and when “off form” last year he was still tied for 15th.He clearly knows how to play Muirfield Village and should be considered a contender for the title.|
|Justin Rose||If you throw out the Players he has a tie for 17th, a runner-up and a victory in New Orleans in his recent starts. He did miss the cut here last year but he has five top-15s at the Memorial Tournament with a tie for eighth in 2013 and a win in 2010. He is near the top of all-time career earnings over this track. He is playing well enough and knows what it takes to win here at Muirfield Village. A contender.|
|Rickie Fowler||Rickie shows knows how to do things in style. Fresh off being called the most over-rated golfer he goes out and wins the Players Championship. He has has two other top-10s this year and a 12th at the Masters. Rickie has two solid starts here at Muirfield in the past with a tie for 22nd in 2011 and a runner-up in 2010. Lets see if he keeps it going this week.|