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DATES: Thursday, June 4th through Sunday, June 7th
SITE: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead (1974)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,366
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 470 yds10 - Par 4 471 yds
2 - Par 4 455 yds11 - Par 5 567 yds
3 - Par 4 401 yds12 - Par 3 184 yds
4 - Par 3 200 yds13 - Par 4 455 yds
5 - Par 5 527 yds14 - Par 4 363 yds
6 - Par 4 447 yds15 - Par 5 529 yds
7 - Par 5 563 yds16 - Par 3 215 yds
8 - Par 3 185 yds17 - Par 4 478 yds
9 - Par 4 412 yds18 - Par 4 444 yds
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36 3,660 yds36 3,706 yds
 
Annual:  34th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  Saturday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 12:30-2 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Sunday -- 2:30-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Kenny Perry
Runner-Up:  Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose, Mike Weir
Tournament Record:  268 (Tom Lehman, 1994)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Scott Hoch, 1987)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Scott Hoch, 1987)
Course Record:  61 (John Huston, 1996)
Total Purse:  $6,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,080,000; 2nd Place - $648,000; 3rd Place - $408,000
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Kenny Perry280Luke Donald286
Mathew Goggin282Steve Lowery286
Jerry Kelly282Rocco Mediate286
Justin Rose282Geoff Ogilvy287
Mike Weir282Nine players at288
 
Past Memorial Tournament Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Kenny Perry (280) -- Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose, Mike Weir
2007K.J. Choi (271) -- Ryan Moore
2006Carl Pettersson (276) -- Zach Johnson, Brett Wetterich
2005Bart Bryant (272) -- Fred Couples
2004Ernie Els (270) -- Fred Couples
2003Kenny Perry (275) -- Lee Janzen
2002Jim Furyk (274) -- John Cook, David Peoples
2001Tiger Woods (271) -- Paul Azinger, Sergio Garcia
2000Tiger Woods (269) -- Ernie Els, Justin Leonard
1999Tiger Woods (273) -- Vijay Singh
1998Fred Couples (271) -- Andrew Magee
1997#Vijay Singh (202) -- Jim Furyk, Greg Norman
1996Tom Watson (274) -- David Duval
1995Greg Norman (269) -- David Duval, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Elkington
1994Tom Lehman (268) -- Greg Norman
1993Paul Azinger (274) -- Corey Pavin
1992*David Edwards (273) -- Rick Fehr
1991*Kenny Perry (273) -- Hale Irwin
1990#Greg Norman (216) -- Payne Stewart
1989Bob Tway (277) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1988Curtis Strange (274) -- David Frost, Hale Irwin
1987Don Pooley (272) -- Curt Byrum
1986Hal Sutton (271) -- Don Pooley
1985Hale Irwin (281) -- Lanny Wadkins
1984*Jack Nicklaus (280) -- Andy Bean
1983Hale Irwin (281) -- Ben Crenshaw, David Graham
1982Raymond Floyd (281) -- Peter Jacobsen, Wayne Levi, Roger Maltbie
1981Keith Fergus (284) -- Jack Renner
1980David Graham (280) -- Tom Watson
1979Tom Watson (285) -- Miller Barber
1978Jim Simons (284) -- Bill Kratzert
1977Jack Nicklaus (281) -- Hubert Green
1976*Roger Maltbie (288) -- Hale Irwin

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Kenny PerryT-11T-39T-7T-60WonT-6T-24---T-3Won
Jerry Kelly---T-25mcT-9T-58T-16T-15T-57T-45T-2
Mike WeirT-244thT-30T-323rd---mcT-42mcT-2
Justin Rose---------------4thT-75T-14---T-2
Mathew Goggin---------------------------T-2
Rocco MediatemcT-13---T-19wdT-55------T-15T-6
Luke Donald---T-51------T-45mc------T-35T-6
Steve LowerymcT-566thT-27T-40---78thwdT-59T-6
Geoff Ogilvy------mcT-65mcT-24T-17T-31T-99th
Ryan Moore---------------------T-312ndT-10
Carl Pettersson------------T-34---T-34WonT-31T-10
Rod Pampling---------T-49mcmcT-73T-18T-3T-20
Stuart ApplebyT-31T-17T-7T-32T-18T-63T-6728thT-51T-20
Stewart CinkT-24T-454thT-96thT-40T-45T-12T-5T-30
Trevor Immelman------mc---mcT-46T-52T-7T-31T-30
Sean O'Hair------------------T-45T-12T-5T-39
Jim FurykT-43T-25T-24WonT-24---T-8T-18T-23T-39
Ryuji Imada------------------------T-51T-39
Chris DiMarcoT-19mcT-30------T-24T-52T-52mcT-39
Bart Bryant------------------WonT-18T-62T-46
Zach Johnson---------------T-24T-34T-2---T-46
K.J. ChoiT-24---mcT-32T-135thT-8T-62WonT-53
Ian Poulter------------------T-30T-34wdT-53
Aaron Baddeley---mcT-46------T-69mcT-66T-9T-58
Paul Casey---------------------T-18T-31T-58
Davis Love IIImc------------T-16mcT-29mcT-60
Fredrik Jacobson------------------T-17---T-5mc
Ernie ElsT-7T-2T-63T-13T-13WonT-45T-68T-15mc
Steve Marino------------------------T-29mc
Charles Howell III------T-15T-27T-27mcT-61mcwdmc
Vijay Singh2ndT-33T-5T-4T-4T-24mcT-38T-15---
Tiger WoodsWonWonWonT-22T-43rdT-3---T-15---
Camilo Villegas---------------------mcT-31---
Steve StrickerT-24T-68T-37---------------mc---
Padraig Harrington------------T-13T-40------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Paul Casey
Darkhorse - Marc Leishman
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Jim Furyk) - Finished tied for 9th
Last week's Darkhorse (Justin Leonard) - Finished tied for 13th
 
NOTES:
One of the finest fields of the season will be on hand this week for the 34th staging of the Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Seven of the top-10 players in the world and 13 of the top-20 are competing this week. World No. 1 Tiger Woods is playing for the first time since finishing 8th at THE PLAYERS Championship four weeks ago, as he competes in his final tournament prior to defending his U.S. Open title in two weeks.

Last year, Kenny Perry erased a three-shot deficit in the final round to rally and win the title for the third time in his career. Perry closed with a three- under 69 to collect a two-shot win over Mathew Goggin, Jerry Kelly, Justin Rose and Mike Weir. He finished at eight-under-par 280, the highest winning score at this event since Hale Irwin won in 1985 with 281. Perry also won this tournament in 1991 and 2003 and joined Woods as the only three-time winners at Nicklaus' tournament.

Perry opened with four straight pars on the final day before back-to-back birdies from the fifth gave him a piece of the lead at minus-seven. After Rose moved to eight-under, Perry joined him there thanks to a birdie on the ninth. Perry parred the first five holes of the back nine to remain at minus-eight, but his top competitors fell two back. Perry pushed his lead to three strokes with a two-putt birdie on the par-five 15th. After a par on 16, Perry found a greenside bunker on the 17th and that led to bogey that dropped him to minus- eight. He parred the last and had to wait for Weir and Goggin to finish. Goggin bogeyed the 17th to end his chances at the extra session. Needing two birdies or an eagle to force a playoff, Weir missed an eight-foot birdie try on 17. At the last, his approach from the thick right rough came up well short of the green to seal the win for Perry.

Perry's win last year marked the sixth time that a player has won this event in his 40s and the second time that Perry has done it. The others are Nicklaus (1984), Greg Norman (1995), Tom Watson (1996), Perry (2003) and Bart Bryant (2005). Perry became the oldest winner in tournament history last year at 47 years, nine months and 22 days old.

This year, Perry will try to become only the second player to win back-to-back Memorials, joining Woods, who titled here three years in a row from 1999-2001. Perry is the all-time money leader at this event with $3,092,542 in earnings. Woods is second with $2,763,148.

In 2007, K.J. Choi converted a five-foot par save at the 72nd hole to ward off Ryan Moore and win the title. Choi fired a final-round, seven-under 65 to finish at 17-under-par 271. Choi's final-round 65 tied the lowest final round by a winner in the history of the event. Jim Furyk also fired a 65 on the last day when he won this event in 2002. Choi's five-stroke comeback tied David Edwards and Furyk for the biggest final-round comeback in tournament history. Edwards rallied from a five-shot deficit on the final day for victory in 1992 and Furyk turned the trick in 2002. Choi, from Korea, became the sixth non- American champion in the history of the Memorial, joining Swede Carl Pettersson, South African Ernie Els, Fijian Vijay Singh, and Australians David Graham and Norman.

In 2005, Bryant was the only player in the field to card all four rounds in the 60s, as he won the Memorial by one stroke over 1998 champion Fred Couples. Bryant shot a final-round 68 and completed the event at 16-under-par 272. Bryant's four rounds in the 60s was only the eighth time in tournament history that a player has accomplished that feat. The others are Hal Sutton (1986), Paul Azinger (1993), Tom Lehman (1994), Steve Elkington (1995), Couples (1998 and 2004) and Woods (2001).

In 2004, Els became the first player in event history to hold at least a share of the opening-round lead and go on to win the tournament. With the win, Els joined Watson and tournament host Nicklaus as the only players to have won the British Open at Muirfield in Scotland and this event at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

Roger Maltbie is the only player to win this event in his first appearance, when he captured the tournament in its inaugural season (1976). Jay Haas, the 2006 and 2007 Champions Tour Player of the Year, made the cut in 27 of 29 Memorials, an event record. Haas tied for 29th in his last Memorial in 2006.

Only four times in PGA Tour history has a player gone through an entire tournament without missing a fairway, and three of those have occurred at the Memorial. In 1986 and 1987, Calvin Peete hit all 56 fairways on his way to finishing tied for 57th and tied for 46th, respectively. In 1992, Brian Claar hit all 56 and tied for 26th. There have been only four playoffs in the event's history, the last coming in 1992 when Edwards defeated Rick Fehr on the second extra hole.

Muirfield Village, designed by Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead, is ranked 19th by Golf Digest in America's 100 greatest courses. Muirhead passed away in 2002 at the age of 79 of cardiac arrest following respiratory failure. Muirhead also designed the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills where the Kraft Nabisco Championship on the LPGA Tour is played. Over the years, Nicklaus has made several changes to the course, building new greens on the first through seventh and 15th through 18th holes. Nicklaus also made design changes on the par-five fifth and 15th holes, extending a stream by the green on the fifth and lowering the green on the 15th with a new left bunker. In 2003, Nicklaus redesigned the 17th hole, adding 41 yards with deep fairway bunkers and a creek guarding a newly contoured green. Since the tournament began, 339 yards have been added to the course.

Each year the Memorial Tournament is dedicated to a person, living or deceased, who has played the game with conspicuous honor. The 2009 Memorial Tournament honorees, as named by the Captains Club, are JoAnne Carner and Jackie Burke, Jr. Carner won 43 times on the LPGA Tour, including the 1969 Burdine's Invitational, which made her the last amateur to win an LPGA Tour event. She won the 1971 and 1976 U.S. Women's Open and was voted LPGA Tour Player of the Year three times. Carner is the only golfer in history to win the U.S. Girls' Junior, the U.S. Women's Amateur and the U.S. Women's Open. Burke won 17 PGA Tour titles, including the 1956 Masters and PGA Championship. He was named 1956 PGA Tour Player of the Year and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The PGA Tour moves to Memphis, Tennessee next week for the St. Jude Classic, the final tune-up for the U.S. Open, as Justin Leonard defends his title.

06/02 15:55:49 ET

As of June 2, 2009, at 03:56 PM ET

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