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DATES: Thursday, May 31st through Sunday, June 3rd
SITE: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead (1974)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,352
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 3 201 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 3,692 yds
 
Annual:  37th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Steve Stricker
Runner-Up:  Brandt Jobe, Matt Kuchar
Tournament Record:  268 (Tom Lehman, 1994)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Scott Hoch, 1987)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Scott Hoch, 1987; Rickie Fowler, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (John Huston, 1996)
Total Purse:  $6,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,116,000; 2nd Place - $669,600; 3rd Place - $421,600
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Steve Stricker272Gary Woodland278
Brandt Jobe273Six players at280
Matt Kuchar273
Dustin Johnson276
Rory McIlroy277
 
Past Memorial Tournament Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Steve Stricker (272) -- Brandt Jobe, Matt Kuchar
2010Justin Rose (270) -- Rickie Fowler
2009Tiger Woods (276) -- Jim Furyk
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
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Steve Stricker---------------mc---T-27T-17Won
Brandt Jobe---------T-67T-4------------T-2
Dustin Johnson------------------68thT-14T-334th
Rory McIlroy------------------------T-105th
Webb Simpson---------------------T-48mcT-7
Luke Donald---T-45mc------T-35T-6T-14---T-7
Bo Van Pelt------mcT-3T-46T-23T-30mcT-3T-13
Phil MickelsonT-9---------T-4wdT-20---T-5T-13
Hunter Mahan------61st---------mcT-14mcT-13
Ricky Barnes------------------------T-3T-18
Brian Davis------------------mcmc67thT-18
Rickie Fowler------------------------2ndT-22
Ryan Moore------------T-312ndT-10mcT-5T-22
K.J. ChoiT-32T-135thT-8T-62WonT-5313thT-52T-22
Charl Schwartzel------------T-62T-62---T-27---T-22
Stewart CinkT-96thT-40T-45T-12T-5T-30T-8T-8T-30
Camilo Villegas------------mcT-31---T-34T-28T-30
Vijay SinghT-4T-4T-24mcT-38T-15---mcT-12T-37
Davis Love III------T-16mcT-29mcT-60T-5T-52T-37
Bubba Watson------------T-34T-23mcT-23T-33T-42
Ernie ElsT-13T-13WonT-45T-68T-15mcT-8mc61st
Justin Rose------4thT-75T-14---T-2mcWonmc
Jim FurykWonT-24---T-8T-18T-23T-392ndT-10mc
Carl Pettersson---T-34---T-34WonT-31T-10mcT-28mc
Keegan Bradley---------------------------mc
Tiger WoodsT-22T-43rdT-3---T-15---WonT-19---
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald
Darkhorse - Jonas Blixt
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Rickie Fowler) - Finished tied for 5th
Last week's Darkhorse (Pat Perez) - Finished tied for 63rd
 
NOTES:
One of the finest fields of the season will be on hand this week for the 37th staging of the Memorial Tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus. Seven of the top-10 and 15 of the top-20 players in the world are competing, including world No. 1 Luke Donald.

Donald won the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour last week for the second straight year. That win moved him past Rory McIlroy for the top spot in the world rankings. Donald has played extremely well in 2012, coming off his fabulous 2011. He has three straight top-10 finishes worldwide and has one victory each on the PGA Tour and European Tour in 2012.

McIlroy is coming off two straight missed cuts at The Players Championship on the PGA Tour and BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour. It is the first time McIlroy has missed two straight cuts in over two years.

American and world No. 4 Bubba Watson is playing for the first time in five weeks. Watson, who won the Masters in April, has finished in the top-20 in all nine events he has played this year.

Four-time champion Tiger Woods is playing for the first time since finishing tied for 40th at the Players Championship three weeks ago. Woods has finished tied for 40th, missed the cut, and tied for 40th in his last three events, which marks the worst three-tournament stretch of his career.

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.

Each year the Memorial Tournament is dedicated to a person, living or deceased, who has played the game with conspicuous honor. The 2012 honoree is Hall of Famer Tom Watson, who has 39 victories on the PGA Tour, including eight major championships.

Last year, Steve Stricker fired four rounds in the 60s to beat fellow Americans Brandt Jobe and Matt Kuchar by one stroke. Stricker finished at 16- under-par 272. Prior to 2011, Stricker had played this tournament 11 times and had never posted a top-10 finish, which was the most starts without a top-10 for Stricker at any PGA Tour event. Stricker was the first player to post four rounds in the 60s since Bart Bryant did it en route to winning the title in 2005.

In 2010, Justin Rose finally captured his first PGA Tour win. The Englishman closed with a flawless six-under 66 in the final round at Muirfield Village to overcome a four-shot deficit and beat Rickie Fowler by three. Rose finished with an 18-under 270, the lowest score posted in eight years. It was his first win in 162 starts on the PGA Tour. Rose became the seventh non-American champion in the history of this event, joining Korean K.J. Choi, Swede Carl Pettersson, South African Ernie Els, Fijian Vijay Singh, and Australians David Graham and Greg Norman.

In 2009, Woods birdied the final two holes to win this event for the fourth time. Woods closed with a seven-under 65, which was the low round of the final day. Woods' final-round 65 tied the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history. Choi (2007) and Jim Furyk (2002) also fired 65s in the final round when they won. Woods is the all-time money leader at this event with $3,918,448 in earnings. Kenny Perry is second with $3,226,342.

Perry erased a three-shot deficit in the final round of 2008 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, Rose and Mike Weir. He finished at eight-under-par 280, the highest winning score since Hale Irwin won in 1985 with 281. Perry also won this tournament in 1991 and 2003 and joined Woods as the only players to win Nicklaus' tournament at least three times.

Perry's win in 2008 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 at 47 years, nine months and 22 days old.

In 2007, 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 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.

In 2004, 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 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.

There have been only four playoffs, the last coming in 1992 when Edwards defeated Rick Fehr on the second extra hole. There have been 19 tournaments played since the last extra session, the longest active playoff drought on the PGA Tour.

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

05/29 16:01:14 ET

As of May 29, 2012, at 04:01 PM ET

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