The Memorial

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The Memorial Tournament is a PGA Tour event founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. It is traditionally held in early June, between the PGA Championship the U.S. Open.

While the event isn’t a major or a World Golf Championship event, it does retain an elevated status on the PGA Tour, as winners receive a three-year exemption on tour, which is one more year than in standard events.

The event is also one of five on the PGA Tour that have an invitational status.

The Memorial Tournament History

At the Masters in 1966, Nicklaus spoke of a desire to create a tournament that also had a global interest and catered to the traditions of the sport like the Masters, but one that also gave back to charitable organizations in his hometown area of Columbus, Ohio.

Nicklaus designed the course and it was opened in 1974, hosting the tournament for the first time two years later.

The Field

The invitation-only field consists of 120 golfers and includes prior Memorial winners from the last five years and prior to 1997, The Players Championship and major winners from the previous five years, the last three Tour Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational, and World Golf Championships winners, PGA Tour winners from the previous year, up to 14 sponsor exemptions, some amateur champions, and more.

Format

The format is a standard four-round, 72-hole PGA Tour event. The field is cut to the top-70 plus ties after 36 holes.

The Memorial Tournament Records

Tiger Woods holds the record for most wins at The Memorial with five, winning three-straight from 1999-2001 and then claiming victory in 2009 and 2012. Kenny Perry has won three times, and several (including Nicklaus himself) have won twice. Tom Lehman set the course record with a 20-under 268 with his win in 1994.

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