The PGA Tour heads to Dublin, OH for the Memorial Tournament. The tournament was the site of Jon Rahm’s withdrawal from competition due to Covid last year, and the world No.2 joins one of the most exciting fields of 2022 ahead of the event. Rahm, Cameron Smith, Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland, and one of the contenders in last year’s playoff at the event, Colin Morikawa, are all part of the field in 2022.

Muirfield Village Golf Club plays host to what has been one of the most exciting tournaments in golf. Twice since 2018, the Memorial Tournament has needed a playoff to determine a winner, and with a talented field this year, this weekend could be one of the best on the calendar.

Rahm Returns to Ohio After Covid Withdrawal

Last year’s Memorial Tournament saw one of the strangest storylines in golf of the entire season. With Jon Rahm leading by six strokes, the then world No.1 was forced to withdraw from the tournament after his third round due to a positive Covid-19 test.

This year, Rahm should again be part of one of the final groups to tee off on Sunday. The 2020 winner of the event, Rahm enters the weekend just over a month removed from his win at the Mexico Open at the start of May.

Rahm should be set to have another strong summer of golf. Despite finishing 47th at the PGA Championship, the Spanish golfer will be a major contender at each of the remaining major tournaments. The Memorial Tournament, traditionally one of his best tournaments each year, could be the start of a successful summer for the world No.2.

DeChambeau Returns to Competition

In addition to the members of the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking, Bryson DeChambeau will make his return to competition at the Memorial Tournament. DeChambeau initially tried to make his return at the PGA Championship at Southern Hills two weeks ago but withdrew from the tournament after a couple of practice rounds.

DeChambeau, a Memorial Tournament winner in 2018, had wrist surgery in April. After a challenging start to the season, DeChambeau has fallen to No.24 in the World Golf Ranking after finishing last year at No.5.

The Memorial Tournament will be his first event since the Masters in April, where he missed the cut. However, his return sets him up to be one of the top contenders this weekend and in the U.S. Open, which begins on June 16.

Players to Note and Tee Times for the Memorial Tournament

The tournament gets underway at 7 a.m. on Thursday, with Jordan Spieth one of the first favorites to begin at 7:36 a.m. Jon Rahm returns to the tournament at 12:48 p.m. along with Bryson DeChambeau in what should be one of the most exciting groups of Thursday and Friday.

Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay, the two competitors in last year’s playoff at the event, tee off at 8 a.m., with Cameron Smith just ahead of them at 7:48 a.m. Rory McIlroy is the last member of the top ten players participating in the event to tee off, with his round beginning at 1 p.m.

Dublin, OH will play host to a tournament with several huge storylines to watch unfold this weekend. Rahm’s return to the tournament, DeChambeau’s return to play, and Morikawa and Cantlay’s group set the stage for an exciting weekend of golf.

 


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