The Memorial Tournament will take place from Thursday through Sunday at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, the tournament is organized each year with three goals in mind.
- To honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf.
- To showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators.
- To benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other local organizations.
Many of the top contenders will be joining the tournament, Tiger Woods and Rory Mcllroy will be among them. The Memorial field expanded its roster from 120 to 133 players and is projected to be the best so far.
Nine of the top 10 players and 17 of the top 20 have committed to the tournament. Adam Scott, Tommy Fleetwood, and Tyrrell Hatton are the three who have opted out of the event.
World No. 1 Rory Mcllroy will contend after finishing tying for 11th at the Travelers Championship.
He has had some success in the Memorial tournament, with four top-10 finishes in eight appearances.
Some analysts have chosen him to win it all since he has gotten a much-needed break after the Traveler’s, and he will be refreshed and ready for the tournament.
Grouped with McIlroy, Tiger Woods will also attend the tournament. It will be his 14th appearance in the event, and he has won five times at the Memorial.
He will be playing for a record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour victory. However, he is not one of the favorites to win as he has not won the Memorial since 2012 and faced a five-month layoff. It will be his first tour stop since February at the Genesis Open, where he struggled and finished 68th.
Some of the other favorites to win the tournament include Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas. Defending champion Patrick Cantlay and Workday Champion Morikawa will also tee it up and look for a championship.
The Return and Impact Of Woods
Known to be the G.O.A.T. of golf, Woods pleased fans when they heard that he was contending in the tournament. The impact was massive.
More bets and money have been wagered on Woods to win the Memorial Tournament than have been placed on any other golfer. At BetMGM sportsbook, people have bet on Woods four times more than anyone else and almost twice as much money.
A spokesperson for FanDuel sportsbooks stated, “The Tiger Effect is real. He is currently our biggest liability in the outright market, and we expect it to rise if he is in contention.”
Many of the sportsbooks set a record for the amount wagered on a non-major tournament after Woods’ return.
Mcllroy on Woods
In June, McIlroy said he idolized Woods and that Woods was his hero while growing up. He also emphasized that skin color should not lead to the placement of barriers and hopes that golf can deliver a more multicultural society as sports return after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Unlike Mcllroy, who has already played in tournaments where there are no fans, it will be the first time for Woods to experience such absence. Mcllroy admitted that it was hard for him at first to concentrate and easy to lose focus as the energy and atmosphere was different. He said that it will be weird for Woods to go out there and not having any fans.
“Now someone like Tiger has not experienced that yet, and maybe he is going to find it a little weird going out there and not having anyone, especially with the amount of crowds that he has to deal with all the time when he plays,” Mcllroy said.