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The Memorial Tournament mourns the passing of general chairman emeritus, Pandel Savic at age 92

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

Pandel Savic talking to fans at his book signing 2016 (megasportsnews.com photo)

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide are deeply saddened to announce that Pandel Savic, the Tournament’s general chairman emeritus, passed away today in Columbus. He was 92.

 

Pandel was born in Macedonia and came to the United States at age nine. He fought for his adopted and beloved country as a United States Marine in the South Pacific during World War II before attending The Ohio State University. While at OSU, Pandel quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first Rose Bowl victory in 1950. He is one of the founding members of Muirfield Village Golf Club and served as general chairman of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide for more than 30 years, helping the Memorial become one of the premier stops on the PGA TOUR. He was a friend and mentor to all that met him, and he will be dearly missed.

Pandel Savic's book from 2016. A good read for Buckeyes fans who want to know about a fantastic man and his life

 

Memorial services are pending.

 

The following statements were released this afternoon by Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament and Muirfield Village Golf Club:

 

“Pandel Savic was as good a friend as I have ever had.

 

I have known Pandel since I was 6 years old, and until his passing this week, he had been a great friend, great supporter, and great family man. He helped to found Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament. We partnered in a number of golf tournaments, and spent a lot of quality time together and shared countless laughs through the years. Pandel was general chairman of the Memorial Tournament for parts of four decades, and he helped build the foundation of the Memorial, and the Tournament we all enjoy and are proud of today.

 

He came to this country, by himself, as a 9-year-old immigrant from Macedonia, to join his father in Northern Ohio. A proud American, Pandel fought for our country at the age of 18 in the South Pacific. He then went on to Ohio State, and I vividly recall watching him play football when he quarterbacked the Buckeyes to their first-ever Rose Bowl victory in 1950. I was proud to be by his side when he was deservedly inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame.

 

Barbara and I, and he and his wife Janice, lived across the street from each other when we got married, and all our kids grew up together. He was a mentor to my kids, as well as to me. They all looked forward to their fireside chats with Pandel, or as they called him, “Big ‘Un.” I affectionately called him ‘Mack.’ He’s just one great guy. Our hearts hurt today over the loss of Mack.”

 

- Jack Nicklaus, Memorial Tournament Founder and Host

 

 

“Pandel Savic will always be remembered at Muirfield Village Golf Club and especially during the week of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He was a strong force to develop the Club and Tournament with Jack Nicklaus and those who preceded him, Bob Hoag and Ivor Young, from the early days in the late 60s and early 70s. Mr. Savic truly was the American dream fulfilled; immigrant, US Marine Corps veteran, Rose Bowl champion, father, grandfather and self-made businessman. It is an emotional day for our loyal staff to lose a very special person from our Club family. Mr. Savic was a steadfast advisor and confidant to me and I will never forget my friend.”

 

- Nicholas LaRocca, General Manager, Muirfield Village Golf Club

 

 

“We lost a great man today, a genuine American success story, in the passing of Pandel Savic. Over the years Mr. Savic contributed greatly to the success of Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Mr. Savic loved the Club and the Tournament, joining Jack Nicklaus, Bob Hoag and Ivor Young as founders. He poured his heart and soul into making both, the world-class venue and Tournament, what they are today. Through my long tenure with the Memorial Tournament, Mr. Savic was an incredible mentor, and he always provided the right advice and guidance. All of which I will continue to carry with me for years to come. Mr. Savic will be dearly missed by many.”

 

- Dan Sullivan, Executive Director, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted 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; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

2018 Memorial Tournament Featured Groups

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Jason Dufner winning in 2017 (From Muirfield Village Golf Club course billboards)

Jason Dufner quote after winning 2017 Memorial Tournament (From Muirfield Village Golf Club course billboards)

 

FEATURED PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2018 MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE

 

 

 

Dublin, Ohio – Tournament officials announced recently four marquee pairings that will be featured at this year’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and serve to highlight some of the best players in the world competing in the 43rd edition of the prestigious invitational hosted by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

 

See below for featured pairings:

 

o   Jason Day – Major champion and two-time winner this season

Dustin Johnson – World No. 2

Rory McIlroy – 2016 FedExCup champion

 

o   Jordan Spieth – Reigning The Open champion

Bubba Watson – Two-time Masters champion

Phil Mickelson – Owner of five major championship titles

 

o   Tiger Woods – Five-time winner of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Justin Rose – Olympic gold medalist and 2010 Memorial Tournament winner

Jason Dufner – Defending winner of the Memorial

 

o   Justin Thomas – No.1 in the world and FedExCup rankings and reigning FedExCup champion

Patrick Reed – Defending Masters champion

Rickie Fowler – Holder of four PGA TOUR titles

 

The 2018 Memorial Tournament kicked off today at Muirfield Village Golf Club and runs through Sunday, June 3, 2018.

 

A reminder that there is still time to purchase badges for this year’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. The public may purchase daily practice round tickets at all public Tournament gates (cash only) Today – Wednesday (May 28-30). The cost is $35, and they are valid for all three practice-round days. Kids 18 and under can attend for free any day with a ticketed adult.

 

 

 

 

2018 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Schedule of Events

 

Monday, May 28 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day

 

Tuesday, May 29 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day
Wednesday, May 30 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day

 

Nationwide Invitational at the Memorial (Official Pro-Am)                    7:30am

 

Patient Champion Program                                                                           7:30am

 

Military Appreciation Day                                                                              All Day

 

Junior Golf Day                                                                                                 All Day

 

Honoree Ceremony (Driving Range)                                                            2:30 p.m.

▪Hale Irwin – Tournament Honoree

plus Jock Hutchison and Willie Turnesa    ▪Larry Dorman plus Ron Balicki –Memorial Golf Journalism Award recipients

 

Jack Nicklaus Golf Clinic (Driving Range)                                                     4:00 p.m.

 

Junior Golf Clinic (Safari Golf Club)                                                               5:30p.m.

 

Thursday – Sunday                 (May 31 – June 3) Tournament Play – 8 a.m. start (estimated)

Trophy Presentation Following Play of Final Round

 

*All times subject to change

 

 

 

 

2018 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Broadcast Schedule

 

Date Network Times Show Description
Thursday, May 31 Golf Channel 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. Honoree Ceremony
  Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 P.M. Live First Round Coverage
       
Friday, June 1 Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 P.M. Live Second Round Coverage
       
Saturday, June 2 Golf Channel 12:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M. Live Bonus Coverage
  CBS 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. Live Third Round Coverage
       
Sunday, June 3 Golf Channel Noon – 2:15 P.M. Live Bonus Coverage
  CBS 2:30 – 6:00 P.M. Live Final Round Coverage
       

 

Jason Dufner, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, shows his support for Columbus' soccer team by wearing Save the Crew hat (photo by Dom Tiberi)

 

 

 

 

 

About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted 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; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

 

Jack Nicklaus, Founder, Host of Memorial Tournament still going strong off the golf course

Information derived from wikipedia commons

 

 

LEGENDS LUNCHEON INTERVIEW WITH JACK NICKLAUS ON GOLF, HALE IRWIN, MEMORIAL AND CHARITY

Jack Nicklaus 2018 Legends Luncheon Interview 5 1 2018

 

Jack Nicklaus 2018 Legends Luncheon (megasportsnews.com)

Jack Nicklaus continues to manage the Memorial Tournament, which he founded in his home state of Ohio. The event is played at Muirfield Village, a course that he co-designed with Desmond Muirhead and opened in 1974. The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974, with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.

The Memorial Tournament continues the PGA Tour‘s philanthropic focus through its relationships with Central Ohio charities. The most significant of which is its relationship with Nationwide Children’s Hospital since 1976. Contributions generated through the support of over 2,600 volunteers are distributed each year to the Hospital’s unrestricted giving fund. This fund assists in ensuring Central Ohio continues to have one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States. The Memorial Tournament has raised more than $5.7 million to support the programs and services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in those 30-plus years. In 2005 the Memorial made a pledge that will elevate its level of giving to more than $11 million in the coming years. Unique and successful relationships also exist with Fore Hope, James Cancer Hospital, Wolfe Associates, The First Tee, Central Ohio Junior Golf Association, Shriners, Lions Club and many more.

Nicklaus and wife Barbara serve as honorary chairman and active chairwoman of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation in North Palm Beach, Florida which provides valuable programs and services to more than 4,000 hospitalized children and their families, free of charge, through Child Life programs, the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, and the Safe Kids program. The Nicklauses established “The Jake”, a pro-am golf tournament played annually at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida in honor of their 17-month-old grandson who drowned in a hot tub in 2005. It has become the foundation’s chief fundraiser. Players like Robert AllenbyRaymond FloydTom WatsonIan Baker-FinchErnie ElsJay HaasJohnny Miller, and Gary Player have participated. No one accepts a fee. Everything goes to the foundation, more than $3 million over the past three years.

 

2018 Memorial Tournament Honoree is Hale Irwin

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT MEDIA RELATIONS

INTERVIEW WITH HALE IRWIN FROM 2018 LEGENDS LUNCHEON

Hale Irwin 2018 Legends Luncheon Interview 5 1 2018

 

Hale Irwin (megasportsnews.com photo)

Hale Irwin was born on June 3, 1945, in Joplin, Missouri, but it was in Baxter Springs, Kansas, where Hale and his father spent countless hours on the sand greens at their local municipal golf course. He took up the game at age 4, and it was the work on those sand greens that helped Hale break 70 for the first time at age 14.  The Irwin family relocated to Boulder, Colo., where Hale began to star at the prep level in golf, football and baseball. Hale led Boulder High School to a state title in football as their quarterback his senior year, earning him a scholarship to the University of Colorado.

Irwin was a two-sport athlete at Colorado, excelling in golf and football. He graduated in 1967 and decided to pursue a golf career, turning professional a year later. He won his first PGA TOUR event at the 1971 Sea Pines Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links, the first golf course to be designed by Memorial Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus.
During his illustrious career, Irwin won three U.S. Opens and 20 PGA TOUR events in all. He played on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams, captained the 1994 U.S. Presidents Cup team, and won a record 45 times on the PGA TOUR Champions to become the most decorated player in the history of senior golf. Leader in career earnings on the PGA TOUR Champions with more than $26 million, Irwin’s success in U.S. Golf Association events carried over to his senior golf career. He won two U.S. Senior Open titles and seven senior majors overall.

Irwin’s record in the U.S. Open also cements his spot among golf’s legends. With 11 years between his second and third titles, he ties Julius Boros for the longest span of years between victories. He is the last winner who received a special exemption (1990), and that same year, he became the last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff. His victory at age 45 years and 15 days also makes him the oldest U.S. Open champion. Only Willie Anderson, Bob Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus have more U.S. Open victories.

“Hale was truly one of the great golfers and athletes we ever had playing on the PGA TOUR” Nicklaus said. “He was a terrific golfer. He always had tremendous integrity. He’s been a terrific family man. Hale has always been one of the purest strikers of the golf ball. You knew when you got to a difficult golf course that Hale Irwin was going to be there somewhere. He was probably the best senior player we’ve ever had on the PGA TOUR Champions.”

 

2018 HONOREE

2018 POSTHUMOUS HONOREES

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Tournament Historical News and Information: Underway now through June 3

INFORMATION DERIVED FROM THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AND WIKIPEDIA

 

(From Muirfield Village Golf Club Course Billboards)

Location Dublin, Ohio
Established 1976, 42 years ago
Course(s) Muirfield Village Golf Club
Par 72
Length 7,392 yards (6,759 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $8.9 million
Month played May/June

 

The Memorial Tournament is a PGA Tour golf tournament, founded 42 years ago in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus. It is played on a Nicklaus-designed course at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb north of Columbus. The golf course passes through a large neighborhood called Muirfield Village, which includes a bronze sculpture of Nicklaus mentoring a young golfer; unveiled in 1999, it is located in the wide median of Muirfield Drive.

One of the main features of the tournament is a yearly induction ceremony honoring past golfers. A plaque for each honoree is installed near the clubhouse at Muirfield; Nicklaus himself was the honoree in 2000.

The purse was increased over 37% for the 2016 edition, from $6.2 to $8.5 million.

 

Field

The field consists of 120 players invited using the following criteria:

  1. Memorial winners in the last five years or prior to 1997
  2. The Players Championship and major championship winners in the last five years
  3. The Tour ChampionshipWorld Golf Championships, and Arnold Palmer Invitational winners in the past three years
  4. Tournament winners in the past year
  5. Playing member of last named U.S. Ryder Cup team, European Ryder Cup team, U.S. Presidents Cup team, and International Presidents Cup team (non-PGA Tour members qualifying in this category count against unrestricted sponsor exemptions)
  6. Prior year U.S. Amateur winner
  7. Prior year British Amateur winner
  8. Up to four players selected by the tournament from among the money leaders from the other five Federation tours
  9. 14 sponsors exemptions – 2 from among graduates of the Web.com Tour Finals, 6 members not otherwise exempt, and 6 unrestricted
  10. Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking as of the Friday before the tournament
  11. Top 70 from prior year’s FedEx Cup points list
  12. PGA Tour members whose non-member FedEx Cup points the previous season (excluding WGCs) would have placed them in the top 70
  13. Top 70 from current year’s FedEx Cup points list as of the Friday before the tournament
  14. Prior year college player of the year (Jack Nicklaus Award)
  15. Remaining positions filled alternating from current year’s and prior year’s FedEx Cup point lists

 

Tournament highlights

  • 1976: Roger Maltbie wins the inaugural Memorial Tournament in a playoff, defeating Hale Irwin with a birdie on the fourth extra hole. The playoff was a three-hole aggregate, the first of its kind. Irwin and Maltbie halved the first two extra holes, so it effectively became sudden death for the third hole. Maltbie’s errant approach shot appeared headed for the gallery when it hit a stake, causing the ball to bounce onto the green, where both parred to halve the hole.
  • 1977: Poor weather results in a Monday finish for the tournament. Host Jack Nicklaus wins by two shots over Hubert Green.
  • 1980: Tom Watson‘s bid to become the first Memorial champion to defend his title is foiled when David Graham birdies the 72nd hole to edge Watson by one shot.
  • 1984: Jack Nicklaus defeats Andy Bean in a sudden-death playoff to become the first two-time Memorial winner.
  • 1988: On his way to winning PGA Player of the YearCurtis Strange wins the Memorial by two shots over David Frost and Irwin.
  • 1991: Kenny Perry wins for the first time ever on the PGA Tour, defeating Irwin on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  • 1993: Paul Azinger birdies the 72nd hole by holing out from a bunker and finishes one shot ahead of Corey Pavin.
  • 1994: Tom Lehman shoots a tournament record 268 (-20) for 72 holes on his way to a five-shot victory over Greg Norman.
  • 2000: Tiger Woods becomes the first Memorial winner to successfully defend his title and finishes five shots ahead of Ernie Els.
  • 2001: Woods wins for a third consecutive year, seven shots clear of runners-up Paul Azinger and Sergio García.
  • 2005: Bart Bryant saves par from a hazard on the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Fred Couples.
  • 2007: K. J. Choi shoots a final round 65 to win by one shot over Ryan Moore.
  • 2012: Woods birdies three of his last four holes including a chip in on the 16th hole, turning a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory. The win is Woods’ 73rd PGA Tour victory, tying Jack Nicklaus for second most PGA Tour wins.
  • 2013: Defending champion Woods posts a third round back nine score of 44, the worst in his career. He finished 20 shots behind winner Matt Kuchar.
  • 2014: Hideki Matsuyama wins in a playoff against Kevin Na.[21] He was the first Japanese PGA Tour winner since 2008.
  • 2015: In the third round, Tiger Woods shoots an 85, the worst round of his professional career. Three-time winner Kenny Perry played his last PGA Tour event.
  • 2016: After years of toiling in mini-tours and three runner-up PGA Tour finishes, William McGirt earned his first win after 165 starts.

 

Course layout

Muirfield Village Golf Club in 2016

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 470 455 401 200 527 447 563 185 412 3,660 471 567 184 455 363 529 201 478 484 3,732 7,392
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72 

 

Multiple winners

Six men have won the Memorial Tournament more than once through 2017.

 

 

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