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“Pretty Pathetic” as Jason Dufner describes his 3rd round collapse from 5-shot leader to 3rd place 4-shots off pace

Jason Dufner

 

Jason Dufner

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH JASON DUFNER

Time: 1:17

61,821 Jason Dufner 3rd round collapse From 5 shots up in first to 4 shots behind in tie for 3rd 6 3 2017

 

All during Jason Dufner’s short press conference with the media after Saturday’s third round of the Memorial, you got the feeling that he was startled, frustrated, angry and beleagured.

The above photos and audio from the press conference can verify what I just said.

The Cleveland, Ohio native was cruising along after posting back-to-back scores of 7-under 65 in the first two rounds at The Memorial on the Muirfield Village Golf Course.

Dufner, who is seeking his fifth PGA TOUR win, was the five-stroke leader until the wheels fell off the apple cart during Saturday’s play. He came out and struggled from the get-go in round three, making four-straight bogeys on numbers 2-5. He then went on to double-bogey the par-5 11th hole and take additional bogeys at numbers 16 and 18 to end the day with a 5-under 77.

He still has a chance to win the tournament. He is tied for third at -9 under 207 with Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson. That trio trails the two leaders, Daniel Summerhays at -13 under 203 and Matt Kuchar at -10 under 206.

Dufner is making his sixth Memorial Tournament, where his best finish has been a tie for 19th in 2014.

Summerhays battles back from five down to lead Memorial with 3-shot lead after scorching 3rd round

After Friday’s second round at the Memorial Tournament, Jason Dufner looked unbeatable. But everyone who knows the course at Muirfield, knows that it is too tough to conquer every round. That is why there has never been a wire-to-wire winner at the Dublin, Ohio course.

Cleveland, Ohio native Jason Dufner, after carding back-to-back scores of 7-under 65 in the first two rounds, faltered early in round three, making four straight bogeys to lose the 5-shot lead he had gained.

Daniel Summerhays 2 (courtesy PGA Tour)

Entering the Saturday third round spotlight BYU graduate, Daniel Summerhays.

Making his seventh start at the Memorial Tournament, the 33-year-old Summerhays made five birdies against just one bogey to post a 4-under 68 and take control with a three-stroke lead at 13-under 203. His best finish at Muirfield Village Golf Club is a 4th place tie in 2012.

Summerhays, a Farmington, Utah native, is seeking his first PGA TOUR  win in his 185th start this week. Should he hold on for the win on Sunday, he would become the eighth player to make the Memorial Tournament his first PGA TOUR victory and the fourth consecutive player to do so. His best finishes on TOUR have been a pair of second place ties: 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship and the 2014 Valero Texas Open.

He has always played well at Columbus, Ohio tournaments. As an amateur on the Web.com Tour, Summerhays won the 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at the Ohio State University’s Scarlet course.

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH DANIEL SUMMERHAYS

61,809 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader His round today best of year for him 6 3 2017

 

61,810 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader His career has taken off in the past year he reflects 6 3 2017

 

61,811 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader How tough is it to win at Muirfield Village GC 6 3 2017

 

61,812 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Has always played good in Columbus Ohio area tournaments 6 3 2017

 

61,813 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Putting is a strength for him 6 3 2017

 

61,816 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Juggling 4 kids on tour as a dad 6 3 2017

 

61,817 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader If he wins on Sunday will it more satisfying with how he has juggled family & career 6 3 2017

 

61,818 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader Went on a BYU mission for two years to Santiago Chile and never played golf while there 6 3 2017

 

61,820 Daniel Summerhays 3rd round leader His brother Boyd is here with him this week a big helper 6 3 2017

 

Final Field announced for the 42nd Memorial Tournament

 

THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE

 

 

Top 10 in FedExCup standings coming to Muirfield Village Golf Club

 

 

 

Dublin, Ohio – At 6:00 p.m. EDT on May 26, Tournament Officials announced the final playing field for the 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson leads a contingent of 120 players for the 42nd edition of the prestigious invitational Jack Nicklaus started in 1976.

 

The 2017 Memorial Tournament begins Monday, May 29 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 

The list of entrants includes seven of the top-10 from the Official World Golf Ranking: No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 3 Jason Day, No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama (2014 Memorial winner), No. 7 Jordan Spieth, No. 8 Adam Scott, No. 9 Justin Rose (2010 Memorial winner) and No. 10 Rickie Fowler. The 2017 field also boasts all of the top 10 in FedExCup points standings.

 

In addition to Rose and Matsuyama, seven past winners of the Memorial Tournament will be returning to Muirfield Village Golf Club, including K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth, Carl Pettersson, Vijay Singh and William McGirt, the 2016 winner.

 

“I am pleased and excited to welcome so many of the game’s top players to Muirfield Village Golf Club, and I look forward to a great week of competition that the fans of Central Ohio will enjoy,” said Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “The best players in the world have always supported the Memorial Tournament, and certainly this year is no different.

“We also look forward to the opportunity Wednesday to honor my good friend Greg Norman, as well as three fine individuals from the past in Ken Venturi, Harvie Ward and Tony Lema. Underlining great golf and a commitment to honor those who have contributed so much to the game is our mission to raise needed money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, through our alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The support of these great players and the fans of Central Ohio allow us to make a difference in the lives of children and the families who love them.”

 

In related news, world No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who previously committed to the Tournament, has had to pull out due to a nagging rib injury.

 

“It’s disappointing to miss the Memorial Tournament,” McIlroy said. “This Tournament attracts such a stellar field, and I was excited to try and better my 4th place finish from last year. The Memorial Tournament is one of the best TOUR stops of the year and I hope everyone involved has a great week”

 

 

2017 FIELD OF COMPETITORS AS OF 6:00 P.M. ON 5/26/17

 

Byeong Hun An
Ryan Armour
Aaron Baddeley
Ricky Barnes
Jonas Blixt
Steven Bowditch
Keegan Bradley
Scott Brown
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Patrick Cantlay
Roberto Castro
Bud Cauley
Alex Cejka
Greg Chalmers
Kevin Chappell
K.J. Choi
Stewart Cink
Brett Coletta
Jason Day
Brendon de Jonge
Graham DeLaet
Luke Donald
Jason Dufner
Harris English
Matt Every
Tony Finau
Ross Fisher
Tommy Fleetwood
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Lucas Glover
Fabian Gomez
Retief Goosen
Scott Gregory
Matthew Griffin
Emiliano Grillo
Bill Haas
Adam Hadwin
James Hahn
Brian Harman
Padraig Harrington
David Hearn
Jim Herman
Charley Hoffman
Morgan Hoffmann
J.B. Holmes
Billy Horschel
Mackenzie Hughes
Billy Hurley III
Yuta Ikeda
Ryo Ishikawa
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
Sung Kang
Smylie Kaufman
Michael Kim
Si Woo Kim
Chris Kirk
Kevin Kisner
Patton Kizzire
Soren Kjeldsen
Russell Knox
Brooks Koepka
Jason Kokrak
Kelly Kraft
Matt Kuchar
Anirban Lahiri
Martin Laird
Danny Lee
Marc Leishman
David Lingmerth
Luke List
Jamie Lovemark
Shane Lowry
Curtis Luck
Hunter Mahan
Ben Martin
Hideki Matsuyama
William McGirt
Phil Mickelson
Ryan Moore
Grayson Murray
Sean O’Hair
Rod Pampling
C.T. Pan
Pat Perez
Carl Pettersson
Scott Piercy
D.A. Points
Jon Rahm
Patrick Reed
Kyle Reifers
Patrick Rodgers
Justin Rose
Ryan Ruffels
Sam Saunders
Ollie Schniederjans
Charl Schwartzel
Adam Scott
Webb Simpson
Vijay Singh
Cameron Smith
J.J. Spaun
Jordan Spieth
Kyle Stanley
Brendan Steele
Kevin Streelman
Brian Stuard
Daniel Summerhays
Hudson Swafford
Nick Taylor
Vaughn Taylor
Justin Thomas
Kevin Tway
Peter Uihlein
Harold Varner III
Johnson Wagner
Bubba Watson
Gary Woodland

1 Sponsors Exemption – Members not

otherwise exempt
120 Players in the Field
Alternates:
Villegas, Camilo
Molder, Bryce
Huh, John
Barber, Blayne
Levin, Spencer
Bozzelli, Dominic
Poston, J.T.
Bohn, Jason
Van Aswegen, Tyrone
Gay, Brian

 

 

As a reminder, badges and package options for the 42nd Memorial Tournament remain available until midnight. Weekly Patron badges, which are valid Monday through Sunday and provide access to the Tournament grounds, are available for $185 each. Golden Bear Club badges, also valid Monday through Sunday, are $290 each and provide access to the Tournament grounds and the Golden Bear Club, a climate controlled venue located in the heart of Tournament play between Hole No. 10 fairway and No. 14 green. The Golden Bear Club provides access to a menu of items for purchase catered by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, a cash bar, television viewing, private restrooms, scoring terminals and open seating in a sports bar atmosphere.

 

For more information, patrons may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visitwww.memorialbadges.com to purchase badges. Kids 18 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult. Daily practice round tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are also available. The cost is $35 and they are valid for all three practice-round days.

 

 

2017 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Schedule of Events

 

Monday, May 29 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day

 

Tuesday, May 30 Practice Rounds                                                                                               All Day
Wednesday, May 31 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)                                                            2:45 p.m.

▪Greg Norman – Tournament Honoree

plus Tony Lema, Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward    ▪Jerry Tarde – Memorial Golf Journalism Award recipient

 

Jack Nicklaus Golf Clinic (Driving Range)                                                      4:30p.m.

 

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

 

Thursday – Sunday                 (June  1 – 4) Tournament Play – 8 a.m. start (estimated)

Trophy Presentation Following Play of Final Round

 

*All times subject to change

2017 the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Television Schedule

 

Date Network Times Show Description
Wednesday, May 31 Golf Channel 4:30 – 5:30 P.M. (ET) Live Honoree Ceremony
       
Thursday, June 1 Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 P.M. (ET) Live First Round Coverage
       
Friday, June 2 Golf Channel 2:30 – 6:30 P.M. (ET) Live Second Round Coverage
       
Saturday, June 3 Golf Channel 12:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. Live Bonus Coverage
  CBS 3:00 – 6:00 P.M. Live Third Round Coverage
       
Sunday, June 4 Golf Channel Noon – 2:00 P.M. Live Bonus Coverage
  CBS 2:30 – 6:00 P.M. Live Final Round Coverage
       

 

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.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

2017 Posthumous Memorial Tournament Honorees: Lema, Venturi, Ward

Ken Venturi (courtesy PGA Tour)

Tony Lema joined the PGA TOUR in 1957, and after a slow start he became one of the game’s most popular players and a consistent winner. A native of Oakland, Calif., Lema won 22 professional titles, including 12 times on the PGA TOUR in a four-year span beginning in 1962. He was a fun-loving figure who earned the nickname “Champagne Tony” in 1962 after promising to buy champagne for the press if he won the Orange County Open Invitational. He went on to win by beating Bob Rosburg in a playoff. From 1963 to 1966, Lema didn’t miss a cut in 16 major championships, and he finished in the top-10 eight times, including a runner-up finish to Jack Nicklaus by one stroke at the 1963 Masters. At the 1964 Open Championship, Lema brilliantly navigated the Old Course at St. Andrews to beat Nicklaus by five strokes and win his only major title. Also a fierce competitor in match play, Lema helped the United States win two Ryder Cups and finished with an impressive record of eight wins, one loss and two ties. In 1966, at the age of 32, Lema died in an airplane crash in Illinois after leaving the 1966 PGA Championship at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. His wife Betty also died in the accident.

 

Ken Venturi enjoyed two successful career paths in golf, and was perhaps better known for his second as a longtime television golf analyst. Born in San Francisco, Venturi was one of the game’s top amateurs who in 1956 nearly became the first amateur to win the Masters, falling one stroke shy to Jack Burke, Jr. He turned professional later that year and was a regular winner on the PGA TOUR starting in 1957 until his career was derailed by carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. He retired in 1967, but not before winning 14 titles, including a brave and memorable victory in the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Venturi battled through a dangerous level of dehydration amid temperatures that exceeded 100 degrees to beat Tommy Jacobs by four shots. He won twice more that year to earn PGA Player of the Year honors, and he also was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. He competed in the 1965 Ryder Cup and was U.S. Presidents Cup captain in 2000, winning in each. Following his playing career, Venturi served 35 years as lead golf analyst for CBS Sports, the longest such stint in sports broadcasting history. He died in 2013 at age 82, just 12 days after being inducted

A native of Tarboro, N.C., Edward Harvie Ward was best known for his dominance as an amateur golfer and won both the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur before becoming a top teacher. He first came on the scene in 1949 by winning the NCAA Division I individual title while attending the University of North Carolina, where he earned a degree in economics. Three years later, Ward captured the British Amateur, and he finished runner-up in 1953 in his title defense. Known for a razor-sharp short game, Ward would add the 1954 Canadian Amateur to his resume and then U.S. Amateur titles in 1955 and ’56. He is one of two men to win British, U.S. and Canadian Amateur trophies. Ward went a perfect 6-0 in three Walker Cup appearances, in 1953, ’55 and ’59, the latter as a teammate of a young Jack Nicklaus. He competed in 18 majors – 10 Masters and eight U.S. Opens – and finished fourth in the 1957 Masters after beginning the final round just one stroke behind Sam Snead. In 1974, Ward turned professional and became a world-renowned golf instructor. His most famous pupil was three-time major winner Payne Stewart. Ward died of liver cancer in 2004 at age 78.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

2017 Memorial Tournament honoree is Greg Norman

Greg Norman at 2017 Legends Luncheon (megasportsnews.com photo)

Although taking up golf later than many of the game’s greats, Norman amassed 91 professional victories around the world and reigned atop the Official World Golf Rankings for an astounding 331 consecutive weeks. The dynamic and charismatic Aussie with his shock of blonde hair earned the nickname “The Great White Shark” for his aggressive, attacking style of play, and he later named his company Great White Shark Enterprises.

Gregory John Norman was born on February 10, 1955, in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia. He played rugby and Australian Rules football while growing up, but became hooked on golf at age 15 after serving as a caddie for his mother Toini. His first golf instruction came through Jack Nicklaus’ best-selling book, “Golf My Way.” Within a couple of years he was playing to a scratch handicap, and after participating in a series of amateur events, he turned pro in 1976 at age 21. He earned $28 a week as an assistant professional at Royal Queensland Golf Club, a far cry from when he later became the first golfer to surpass $10 million in career earnings on the PGA TOUR.

Norman earned his first professional victory at the West Lakes Classic in 1976, and a year later claimed his first European Tour title at the 1977 Martini International. He made a splash in his first Masters Tournament in 1981, finishing fourth.

Norman began competing on the PGA TOUR full time in 1983 and won the Kemper Open and the Canadian Open the following year. He became one of the most dominant players in the world in the 1980s and early ‘90s and was consistently at the top of the leaderboard in the major championships. In 1986, Norman assembled one of the great seasons in golf history. He won 10 times worldwide and led both the PGA TOUR and the Australasian Tour money lists. Most significantly, he held the 54-hole lead in each of the four major championships, and he broke through for his first major title that year by winning the Open Championship at Turnberry, in Scotland. He captured a second Claret Jug in 1993 at Royal St. George’s thanks to a sterling final-round 64.

The Great White Shark led the PGA TOUR in earnings three times (1986, ’90, ’95) and scoring average three times (1986, ’89 and ’94), and in 1995 he won the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as PGA TOUR Player of the Year. Norman is widely considered one of the best drivers of the golf ball in the game, and he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001 with a higher percentage of votes (82%) than any other inductee in history.

Off the course, Norman embarked a successful business career, establishing his Greg Norman Golf Course Design company in 1987. He expanded into other business avenues even as he maintained his full-time touring schedule. He founded the Greg Norman Collection clothing line in 1992 and made his foray into the wine industry with the formation of his umbrella multinational corporation, Great White Shark Enterprises. His philanthropic efforts have raised more than $12 million for charities, including CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, which is supported by a tournament he hosts, the Franklin Templeton Shootout, and the Environmental Institute for Golf promoting sustainability and environmental

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

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