The Memorial is this week at Muirfield Village. Jack Nicklaus is the host in his home state of Ohio. It is a well attended and well respected tournament. The PGA TOUR players all what to pay their respects and get a chance to spend some time with Jack.
Jack’s Place is a par 72 that is just over 7,300 yards. It has generous fairways and landing zones which favor the big hitters. But it defends itself with smallish greens with very slick bent-grass that put a premium on approach shots and putting.
It is a big win at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The purse has grown to $8.2 million and the victor receives a 3-year exemption on the TOUR. It can be life changing for sure to a first time winner or even an older journeyman. Oh and the winner gets greeted and congratulated at the end by Mr. Nicklaus himself. Not too shabby.
Lately the Memorial has been wide open. It makes for tough predicting when the last 2 years saw first time winners on the PGA TOUR (David Lingmirth 2015, Hideki Matsuyama 2014). It is tougher than you think. Usually when the field is loaded with the top players in the Official World Golf Rankings, it’s a no-brainer to pick them. We are not so sure that is the case this week. But then again….
1. Jason Day – So far in 2016 it is a HUGE mistake to not pick world No. 1 when he is in the field. In fact, with 7 wins in the lasts 10 months, Jason Day has established a firm grip on the ranking and shows no signs of giving it up soon. That being said, we have to pick him this week.
2. Patrick Reed – This is his 2nd try at The Memorial. #Top5 as we like to call him has been playing very well lately. He has seven Top 15 finishes already in 2016 and is 8th in the FedEx Cup Standings. Reed is most certainly due for a win. His iron game and grit on the greens just may get him that this week.
3. Chris Kirk – Kirk is on a hot streak himself. He has five Top 15s in his last eight starts, including last week at Colonial. With a T4 under his belt at The Memorial in 2014, the streak of good play should continue and probably get even better this week.
Wild Card Pick:
As stated earlier, The Memorial seems to be wide open lately which makes this pick a tough choice. Dustin Johnson is our man at Jack’s Place. His streak of 8 straight seasons with a PGA TOUR victory needs to continue and this week is as good as any. His length can dominate this course and if he gets the putter going early in the week he could take control and cruise to victory. Anyway, that’s what we will be rooting for.
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