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Memorial Tournament field adds Matsuyama, Lingmerth, Dustin Johnson, McIlroy and defending champion William McGirt

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the Tournament has accepted entries from defending Memorial winner William McGirt, World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and reigning FedExCup Champion Rory McIlroy to compete in the 42nd edition of the prestigious invitational hosted by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.

 

Also joining the field are Hideki Matsuyama and David Lingmerth, Memorial Tournament winners from 2014 and 2015, respectively.

 

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is May 30 – June 5 at world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 

McGirt, 37, is coming off a career 2016 season. His playoff victory over Jon Curran was his first on the PGA TOUR. He followed with two top-10 finishes in his next five starts for a total of seven on the season, a career best. His 2016 earnings of $3.6 million were also a career high. McGirt has continued to play well during the 2016-2017 campaign with three top-10 finishes, including a T3 at last week’s RBC Heritage. Competing in his first Masters Tournament earlier this month, McGirt played solidly to remain in contention through the first three rounds before a final-round 74 led to a T22 finish. He is currently ranked No. 44 in FedExCup points and in the Official World Golf Ranking. The South Carolina resident

 

will be making his fifth start at the Memorial, where he’ll attempt to be the first player to defend his title since Tiger Woods dominated the event with three straight victories from 1999 – 2001. McGirt’s scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 71.64 to go with career earnings of $1,580,247.55 in the Memorial Tournament.

Johnson, 32, is coming off a career year on the PGA TOUR. He recorded 15 top-10 finishes over 22 starts, including three wins and his first major championship title at The U.S. Open. Johnson’s stellar season led to a sweep of the PGA TOUR’s post-season competition-based awards. Johnson was a first-time recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA TOUR Player of the year, the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner with more than $9 million is earnings, and the Byron Nelson Award winner for lowest adjusted scoring average at 69.17. Since recording his first TOUR victory in 2008 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship, Johnson has posted at least one win each season en route to 15 total PGA TOUR victories and $44,378,344 in career earnings. A resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Johnson has continued his inspiring play this season with five top-10 finishes in just seven starts, including wins in his last three tournaments, propelling him to the No. 1 ranking in the world for the first time in his career, as well as the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup rankings and the PGA TOUR money list with $5,346,600. Johnson will be making his 10th Memorial start and has career statistics that include earnings of $1,215,201 and a 71.47 scoring average. Johnson finished in third place last year after rounds of 64, 71, 68 and 71.

 

Reigning FedExCup Champion McIlroy will be making his seventh start at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He has finished inside the top-10 on three occasions, with his best outing coming last year when he tied for fourth place. His scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 70.77 to go with career earnings of $854,689.50. He posted his lowest 18-hole score at the Memorial in 2014, when he fired a 9-under-par 63 during the first round, in route to a T15 finish. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland has recorded 13 PGA TOUR victories and garnered $35,489,212 in TOUR earning since turning professional in 2007. The four-time major champion and two-time PGA TOUR Player of the Year has recorded a win in six of the past seven seasons on TOUR, bringing home multiple wins in four of those years (2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016). McIlroy is ranked No. 2 in the world and No. 41 in FedExCup points on strength of an impressive four top-10 finishes in five starts this season.

 

Matsuyama, 25, is coming off a successful 2015-2016 campaign on the PGA TOUR in which he recorded eight top-10 finishes in 23 starts and etched career-bests in earnings ($4,193,954) and the final FedExCup standings (No. 13). He started this season on fire with four top-10 finishes in his first eight starts, including two wins and two second place efforts. His T11 finish at The Masters Tournament was his third consecutive top-15 finish at Augusta. Matsuyama is ranked No. 4 in the world and stands No. 2 in FedExCup points and on the PGA TOUR money list with $4,762,957. Competing in his first Presidents Cup in 2013 at Muirfield Village Golf Club, he went 1-3-1 for the International Team. In 2014, the Sendai, Japan, native became the youngest player to win the Memorial and the first since Roger Maltbie, who won the inaugural event in 1976, to record a victory in his first start at Muirfield Village Golf Club. He finished T5 in defense of his title in 2015 to bring his Tournament earnings to $1,342,300, but he missed the cut last year. His scoring average over 10 rounds at the Memorial is 69.80.

 

Lingmerth, 29, had his best season in 2015 when he defeated 2010 Memorial winner Justin Rose in a playoff for his first win on TOUR and he earned more than $2.7 million. He continued to play well during the 2015-2016 campaign with eight top-25 finishes, including a runner-up effort to Jason Dufner in a playoff at the Career Builder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Lingmerth is currently ranked No. 170 in FedExCup points and No. 109 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The native of Tranas, Sweden, will be making his fifth start at the Memorial, where he has a scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club of 70.81 to go with career earnings of $1,203,925.67 in the Memorial Tournament.

 

In other news, Tournament officials also announced today that tickets for the 2017 benefit concert, IGS Energy Evening with David Gray presented by City of Dublin, and race entries for the FORE! Miler presented by OhioHealth remain available.

 

The 2017 benefit concert, IGS Energy Evening with David Gray presented by City of Dublin, is set to take place Saturday, May 20, at EXPRESS LIVE! in Columbus. The annual charity event, now entering its 11th year, has raised more than $690,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children’s Hospital alliance in support of the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

VIP doors for the benefit concert open at 6 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available at $175 per person or $350 per couple. For more information, please visit www.mtbenefitconcert.com or call (614) 355-5410.

 

The third annual FORE! Miler presented by OhioHealth will begin at 7 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 25. The race will follow a route that starts and ends at Muirfield Village Golf Club and includes Memorial Drive, Avery Road, Brand Road, Muirfield Drive and Kinross Court. After the race, runners and walkers will enjoy a free Post-Race Party at the Golden Bear Club, an enclosed, climate-controlled venue located between the fairway at Hole No. 10 and the green at No. 14 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The FORE! Miler is limited to the first 3,000 runners and walkers.

 

Registration for the FORE! Miler is open at www.foremiler.com. Race fees are $50 per person from April 1 through May 22; and $55 per person starting May 23 until sold out. All proceeds from the FORE! Miler benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The race has raised more than $81,000 for Nationwide Children’s since it began in 2015.

Race participants receive an Official FORE! Miler-themed Technical Race Shirt, an Official FORE! Miler-themed Finisher’s Medal, one complimentary Practice Round ticket ($35 value) to the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide (good for any one day, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, with Wednesday’s ticket including access to the Official Pro-Am and Memorial Honoree Ceremony) and a complimentary adult beverage at the Post-Race Party (21 and over).

 

The 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled for May 29 – June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit www.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.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

 

Memorial Tournament field grows with additions of World #10 Justin Thomas, Major champion Adam Scott and John Rahm

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced recently that the Tournament has accepted entries from 2010 Master champion Adam Scott, World No. 10 Justin Thomas and rising star Jon Rahm to compete in the 42nd edition of the Memorial May 29 – June 4 at world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 

Scott has been a model of consistency throughout his professional career, recording at least one PGA TOUR victory in all but four years (2005, 2009, 2012 and 2015) since joining in 2003. Along the way, the 36-year-old Australian native has collected 13 TOUR wins, including the 2013 Masters Tournament, and career earnings totaling $46,045,007. Scott is coming off his third multi-win season, with back-to-back victories at the 2016 Honda Classic and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He has finished inside the top-10 two times in seven starts during his 2016-17 campaign and is ranked No. 11 in the world. Scott will be making his 10th start at the Memorial, looking to add to his career Tournament earnings of $934,361.33. He has recorded three top-10 finishes at Muirfield Village Golf Club and has a Tournament scoring average of 71.56. He matched his best Tournament finish in his last appearance at the Memorial in 2014 when he tied for fourth place, a feat he first accomplished in 2006.

 

Thomas, 24, kicked off his 2016-17 PGA TOUR campaign in dominant fashion with three wins in his first six events. Now with 13 starts on the season he has an impressive six top-10 finishes, just one shy of his total through 28 events last season.  The Kentucky native has already achieved a season-best in earnings with $4,449,220 in route to a No. 10 world ranking and No. 2 ranking in FedExCup points. In three seasons on the PGA TOUR Thomas has career earnings of $10,884,161 and is one of only eight players in TOUR history to card an 18-hole score of 59 during competition, which he achieved earlier this year in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Thomas will be making his fourth start at the Memorial. His best results came in 2014 when he finished tied for 37th place. His Tournament earnings total $25,420 and his scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 73. Thomas missed the cut in 2016 after back-to-back rounds of 77.

 

A decorated amateur, Rahm burst onto the PGA TOUR with three top-10 finishes in his first nine starts, including a T3 effort in his professional debut at the Quicken Loans National in June of 2016. The Spanish native captured his first-career TOUR title at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open in just his 12th start, to go with five top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season. He is ranked No. 13 in the world and No. 4 in FedExCup points. This will be Rahm’s first Memorial Tournament appearance, however, not his first trip to Muirfield Village Golf Club. Rahm visited Dublin, Ohio last year during the final round of the Memorial to receive the Jack Nicklaus Award as Collegiate Player of the Year in Division I. The Sun Devil also was the first two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award as a junior and senior at Arizona State.

 

The 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled for May 29 – June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit www.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.

 

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

 

Memorial Tournament field to include top ranking world golfers in #3 Day, #8 Rose

SPECIAL GUEST PEYTON MANNING TO PLAY IN OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PRO-AM, THE NATIONWIDE INVITATIONAL AT THE MEMORIAL, TO HIGHLIGHT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PATIENT CHAMPION PROGRAM

 

New Fan Destinations set to enhance patron experience at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the Tournament has accepted commitments from major championship winner and World No. 3 Jason Day and Olympic Gold Medalist and World No. 8 Justin Rose to compete in the 42nd edition of the Memorial May 29 – June 4 at Jack Nicklaus’ world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 

The latest commitments give the Memorial Tournament seven of the top 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking, already making it one of the best fields of the year.

 

“It is exciting to see many of the game’s top players already committed to the Memorial Tournament,” said Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “I think when you have names like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Justin Rose and Adam Scott in the field, plus recent Memorial winners William McGirt, David Lingmerth and Hideki Matsuyama, you already have the makings of a terrific event, and we look forward to adding more great players in the coming weeks. I could not be more pleased for what is in store for the 42nd edition of our Tournament.”

 

Day has become a solid fixture atop PGA TOUR leaderboards since winning his first title in 2010 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Since then he has posted 13 top-10 finishes in major championships alone, including three out of four last year. Day finished T10 at The Masters Tournament, T8 at the U.S. Open and second at the PGA Championship, the event he captured in 2015 for his first major victory. He recorded a total of 10 top-10 finishes in just 20 starts last season, including three victories, one of which was THE PLAYERS. The 28-year-old Australian native, now living in Columbus, Ohio, has been a member of three International Presidents Cup squads (2011, 2013 and 2015) and has PGA TOUR career earnings of $35,723,542. His four top-25 finishes this season place him No. 3 in the world and No. 99 in FedExCup points. Day will be making his ninth start at the Memorial. He matched his best finish at Muirfield Village Golf Club last year when he tied for 27th, a feat he first accomplished in 2009. Day’s Tournament earnings stand at $176,226.44 and his scoring average is 72.23.

 

Rose, 36, will make his 12th start at this year’s Memorial, where he is ranked third on the Tournament’s career money list with $2,868,220, and 10th in scoring average with 70.92. His playoff loss to David Lingmerth in 2015 was his sixth top-10 finish at Muirfield Village Golf Club. In the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Rose became the first Gold Medalist in golf in the Olympics since 1904. A resident of London, England, Rose has recorded seven career PGA TOUR victories, including the 2010 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the 2013 U.S. Open Championship. He has posted four top-10 finishes in nine starts this season, including a pair of second-place outings. His first runner-up came in his season opener at the Sony Open in Hawaii. The second was a dramatic playoff loss to Sergio Garcia in the Masters. Rose is No. 8 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 10 in FedExCup points. His career earnings on the PGA TOUR total $39,482,554.

 

Before the 72-hole stroke-play competition begins on Thursday, June 1, patrons will be treated to a full slate of events scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, beginning with the Nationwide Invitational at the Memorial, the official Pro-Am of the Tournament, starting at 7:30 a.m. EDT. This event will feature the top players from the Tournament’s field of competitors and also serve to highlight the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champion Program.

 

The Patient Champion Program is designed to recognize the strong, driving spirit and optimistic outlook of each patient that inspires not only their family and loved ones, but also the entire community. Eight Patient Champions from Nationwide Children’s Hospital will take center stage on Wednesday as they meet PGA TOUR professionals and enjoy a full morning of VIP Tournament experiences. These inspiring children will also have the opportunity to meet special Nationwide guest, former NFL quarterback, Peyton Manning. The two-time Super Bowl champion will be playing in the Nationwide Invitational for the second straight year.

 

In other Tournament news, Pavilion badges for the Memorial have officially sold out. Fans who purchased the premier badge will have indoor and balcony access along the 18th green. Plus a breakfast and lunch buffet is offered for purchase with a cash bar. The Pavilion provides private restrooms.

 

Additionally, the Golden Bear Club is nearing a sellout, and badge availability is limited. The Golden Bear Club is an upgraded badge providing access to a sports bar located between Hole No. 10 fairway and Hole No. 14 green. Food from an enhanced menu is offered for purchase along with a cash bar. There are numerous televisions and private restrooms.

 

Memorial Tournament patrons that have purchased the upgraded Golden Bear Club badge will also have a chance to play Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf, a realistic golf computer game on a SkyTrak powered golf simulator, and can compete in a virtual closest-to-the-pin contest on the par-3 12th hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Daily contest winners will receive Nicklaus Golf Balls, and the overall champion will have a chance to win a Jack Nicklaus-autographed pin flag.

 

In related news, the Tournament is featuring several venues and attractions that have been designed to appeal to all patrons. Whether patrons simply love being outdoors, enjoy the social scene at one of central Ohio’s largest sporting events, or are a die-hard golf fan, attendees will have a variety of experiences throughout the golf course to choose from at this year’s Memorial.

 

The Patio at Patron Village is an area open to all Tournament patrons. It is located between the Memorial’s 10th fairway and 14th green. The Patio is an ideal spot to hang out, and it includes outdoor games like corn hole and a custom golf experience called the Bunker Challenge. Take a picture with friends at the selfie wall, check out the Lexus Car Display, and choose from enhanced food and beverage options, including Beers of the Memorial and the Patr?n House.

 

Looking to lounge and have a great view of one of the best par-3 holes in golf? The Hill on No. 12, located on the Memorial Tournament’s signature 12th hole, offers brilliant views of competition at one of the most picturesque spots at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Patrons can relax in Adirondack chairs and not worry about missing a minute of the action, or even leaving their seat, thanks to the available chair-side wait service.

 

For those who are looking for the perfect place to stop after Tournament play, The 19th Hole at the Memorial Tournament is a new venue open to the public, Wednesday, May 31 through Saturday June 3 from 4 – 8 p.m. Tournament passes are not required and there’s no cover charge. The 19th Hole is located near the Memorial’s Sixth Tee entrance/exit off State Route 745/Dublin Road. This will be a sports bar environment complete with a beer and wine patio, food trucks and live music.

Pub 18 is a great place for patrons to pick up a favorite drink and a bite to eat while watching Tournament play or just hanging out in a relaxing spot conveniently located at the heart of the back nine crossroads.

Likewise, fan can take advantage of the shade at the Championship Pavilion, a covered, open-air venue. Grab Tournament merchandise in the Pro Shop, or continue to watch the action on TVs in this family-friendly spot with plenty of seating. Food and full-beverage service are available in this popular location across from the Tournament’s main entrance.

The 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled for May 29 – June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit www.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.

 

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

 

Memorial Tournament field to include Kuchar, Mickelson and Spieth

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced recently that the Tournament has accepted commitments from 2015 FedExCup champion and two-time major championship winner Jordan Spieth, five-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson, and 2013 Memorial Tournament winner Matt Kuchar to compete in the 42nd edition of the Memorial May 29 – June 4 at Jack Nicklaus’ world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 

Spieth is coming off the second straight multi-win season of his career. He recorded 15 top-10 finishes in 25 starts during his 2014-15 campaign and joined Jason Day with five TOUR wins, including his first and second major championship titles at the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open, respectively. He also captured the FedExCup title. It was the first time since 2009 that a player recorded at least five wins in a season. Tiger Woods won six times that year. The last time more than one player recorded five wins in a season was 1952 when Jack Burke, Jr. (2009 Memorial Tournament Honoree) and Sam Snead (1984 Memorial Tournament Honoree) accomplished the feat. A Dallas native, Spieth, 23, produced eight top-10 finishes in 21 starts last season, including his seventh and eighth PGA TOUR victories. Spieth is currently No. 6 in the world and No. 7 in FedExCup points on strength of five top-10 finishes, including his ninth-career title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He has been a member of two U.S. Presidents Cup teams (2013 and 2015) and two U.S. Ryder Cup teams (2014 and 2016) and has career earnings of $28,767,811. The 2013 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year all but swept the TOUR’s annual awards circuit in 2015, receiving the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA TOUR’s player of the year, the Byron Nelson Award for low adjusted scoring average (68.91) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s money leader. This will be Spieth’s fifth consecutive Memorial Tournament appearance. His best finish at Muirfield Village Golf Club came in 2015 when he shot a final-round 7-under-par 65 and tied for third. Spieth’s T-57 effort last year brought his Tournament scoring average to 71.13 and increased his Memorial earnings to $456,998.78.

 

Mickelson, 46, will be making his 17th start at this year’s Memorial. His first appearance came in 1991 as an amateur where he finished tied for 66th place. In his last 11 starts at the Memorial, dating to 1999, Mickelson has finished in the top-20 seven times. He withdrew due to injuries in 2007 and 2012 and finished T-20 last year with rounds of 68-69-69-72. His Memorial Tournament career earnings total $948,690.19 with a scoring average of 71.51. His best finish was a T4 outing in 2006. The World Golf Hall of Fame member and five-time major champion has been a member of a record 11 U.S. Presidents Cup teams and 11 U.S. Ryder Cup teams. Through 11 starts in the 2016-2017 season the Rancho Santa Fe, California, resident has recorded three top-10 finishes.  Mickelson is currently ranked No. 21 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 39 in FedExCup standings. On the strength of 42 career PGA TOUR titles he is ranked No. 2 in career earnings on the PGA TOUR with $82,714,987.

 

Kuchar, 38, is coming off a successful 2015-16 season with 10 top-10 finishes, including three third-place outings. He has continued to play well this season, recording two top-10 finishes over 14 events, including a T-4 finish at the Masters Tournament. Kuchar is ranked No. 20 in the world and stands No. 52 in FedExCup points. The TOUR’s leading money winner in 2010, Kuchar has career earnings of $38,903,341 to go with seven PGA TOUR titles. The Sea Island, Ga., resident has been a member of four U.S. Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016) and three U.S. Presidents Cup teams (2011, 2013 and 2015). The 2013 Memorial winner will be returning to Muirfield Village Golf Club for a 12th time. He has posted six top-10 efforts during that period, finishing T-4 last year. Kuchar’s Tournament scoring average is 70.24 and he has $2,806,994.16 in career earnings, which ranks fourth all-time at the Memorial.

 

For badges to the 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide the public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit www.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.

 

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

Memorial Tournament 2017 field to include Adam Scott, Justin Thomas an Jon Rahm

Major champion Adam Scott joins World No. 10 Justin Thomas and rising star Jon Rahm to compete

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the Tournament has accepted entries from 2010 Master champion Adam Scott, World No. 10 Justin Thomas and rising star Jon Rahm to compete in the 42nd edition of the Memorial May 29 – June 4 at world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 

Scott has been a model of consistency throughout his professional career, recording at least one PGA TOUR victory in all but four years (2005, 2009, 2012 and 2015) since joining in 2003. Along the way, the 36-year-old Australian native has collected 13 TOUR wins, including the 2013 Masters Tournament, and career earnings totaling $46,045,007. Scott is coming off his third multi-win season, with back-to-back victories at the 2016 Honda Classic and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. He has finished inside the top-10 two times in seven starts during his 2016-17 campaign and is ranked No. 11 in the world. Scott will be making his 10th start at the Memorial, looking to add to his career Tournament earnings of $934,361.33. He has recorded three top-10 finishes at Muirfield Village Golf Club and has a Tournament scoring average of 71.56. He matched his best Tournament finish in his last appearance at the Memorial in 2014 when he tied for fourth place, a feat he first accomplished in 2006.

 

Thomas, 24, kicked off his 2016-17 PGA TOUR campaign in dominant fashion with three wins in his first six events. Now with 13 starts on the season he has an impressive six top-10 finishes, just one shy of his total through 28 events last season.  The Kentucky native has already achieved a season-best in earnings with $4,449,220 in route to a No. 10 world ranking and No. 2 ranking in FedExCup points. In three seasons on the PGA TOUR Thomas has career earnings of $10,884,161 and is one of only eight players in TOUR history to card an 18-hole score of 59 during competition, which he achieved earlier this year in the opening round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Thomas will be making his fourth start at the Memorial. His best results came in 2014 when he finished tied for 37th place. His Tournament earnings total $25,420 and his scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 73. Thomas missed the CUT in 2016 after back-to-back rounds of 77.

 

A decorated amateur, Rahm burst onto the PGA TOUR with three top-10 finishes in his first nine starts, including a T3 effort in his professional debut at the Quicken Loans National in June of 2016. The Spanish native captured his first-career TOUR title at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open in just his 12th start, to go with five top-10 finishes in 11 starts this season. He is ranked No. 13 in the world and No. 4 in FedExCup points. This will be Rahm’s first Memorial Tournament appearance, however, not his first trip to Muirfield Village Golf Club. Rahm visited Dublin, Ohio last year during the final round of the Memorial to receive the Jack Nicklaus Award as Collegiate Player of the Year in Division I. The Sun Devil also was the first two-time winner of the Ben Hogan Award as a junior and senior at Arizona State.

 

The 2017 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is scheduled for May 29 – June 4 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The public may call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit www.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.

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.

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

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