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 2016 edition of the Memorial Tournament? Let’s take a look at the 2016 Memorial Tournament and some of the hardest holes at Muirfield
Dates: Jun 2-5 2016
Course: Muirfield Village
Stats: Par 72, 7,392 Yards
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: $8.5 million total purse, $1.53 million winner’s share
2016 Memorial Tournament Predictions, Picks, Muirfield Hardest Holes
Hole No. 2 – Par 4, 455 Yards
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.
Hole No. 4 – Par 3, 200 Yards
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.
Hole No. 16 – Par 3, 215 Yards
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.
Hole No. 17 – Par 4, 478 Yards
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.
Hole No. 18 – Par 4, 444 Yards
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.
2016 Memorial Tournament Predictions, Picks, Muirfield Hardest Holes Selections
Let’s take a look at three players that I would predict to be right in the hunt coming down the stretch on Sunday at the 2016 Memorial Tournament. Two players will seem more logical than the other but I am adding a player that just might surprise, basically a sleeper for success at the 2016 Memorial Tournament Predictions, Picks, Muirfield Hardest Holes
|Justin Rose||He has six top-15s at the Memorial Tournament with a tie for eighth in 2013 and a win in 2010 as well as a playoff loss here last year. He is near the top of all-time career earnings over this track. He is playing well enough this year on the PGA Tour and knows what it takes to win here at Muirfield Village. A logical win contender.|
|Matt Kuchar||Of late, Kuchar has done everything but win with four top-10s in his last five including two top-3s. In his last seven trips to the Memorial Tournament he has managed five top-10s. Kuchar also won this event in 2013 and when “off form” in 2014 he was still tied for 15th.He clearly knows how to play Muirfield Village and should be considered a contender for the title.|
|Russell Knox||The irony with Knox is if you are an casual golf fan or someone who has not followed in a little while you will not have a clue who he is. But if you follow lately then you know the man. So far in 2016 he has a win and three top-10s. It is the casual fan that will see him as a sleeper but soon he will have to graduate about that level. His first attempt here has him finish with a top-20 and now he is playing even better.|