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Nationwide Children’s Championship announces annual ceremonial first tee shot for Thursday morning at 7:15 am

Columbus, Ohio – Tournament Officials announced today the 11th annual ceremonial first tee shot, named First Shot to Fight Cancer. The shot will mark the beginning of tournament competition for the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course. TheFirst Shot to Fight Cancer ceremony will begin at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 31, immediately prior to the tournament’s first starting time. Professional tee times for Thursday and Friday start at 7:30 a.m. on tee Nos. 1 and 10.


Hitting the First Shot to Fight Cancer at the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be, “Patient Champion”, 14-year-old Jack Willis of Lewis Center, Ohio. Jack’s story began when he was 13 years old, shortly after having his tonsils removed. Normally an athletic, lively kid, Jack wasn’t eating or drinking and lacked any energy to walk or move. All he ever wanted to do was sleep for hours and hours. Something was wrong.


After a blood test, Jack was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he received his diagnosis; Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).


The Willis family’s worst fear was confirmed. Jack had cancer.


He began his first round of chemotherapy right away and struggled with sickness. The first three weeks Jack wasn’t allowed out of his room at all due to fevers and couldn’t leave the inpatient floor with his weakened immune system. It was during this time that Jack really got to know the nursing staff, therapists and doctors at Nationwide Children’s who would become his second family.


After enduring six long months of treatment, Jack was released from the hospital in August 2015.


“Nationwide Children’s Hospital will always have a special place in my heart. The people mean so much to me. Everyone is very honest and caring. It was a safe place. I’ve made so many friends there, the staff and other families going through the same thing. Even to this day, I look forward to going to the hospital for checkups just to see my doctors, nurses and therapists,” says Jack.


This month, Jack celebrates his second year out of the hospital with no signs of disease.


Today, Jack is thriving. He just started the 9th grade at Olentangy High School. He loves playing lacrosse and golf and watching OSU football and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jack enjoys spending time with his family, friends and dog, Brutus.



WHO: Jack Willis and family, Tour and PGA TOUR Professionals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital representatives, tournament officials, volunteers and fans.

WHAT: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship’s First Shot to Fight Cancer is the manner by which the tournament annually begins its professional competition. It is a tradition that helps boost the spirits of all patients being treated for cancer and brings hope to the countless families affected by the disease. It also serves as a reminder of the most important reason the tournament is staged.


WHERE: The first tee box at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course

3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH  43221

WHEN: Thursday, August 31, 2017 / 7:15 a.m.




Field is set for 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at OSU’s Scarlet Golf Course

Columbus, Ohio – At 6:00 p.m. EDT Tournament Officials announced the 133 player blended field of PGA TOUR and Tour players who are eligible and have committed to compete in the 2017 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. The following players finished 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list or within the top-75 money winners on the Tour and will play in the first of four Tour Finals events being hosted August 31 – September 3 at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, OH.

The current field of competitors for Columbus is highlighted by a number of past winners on the PGA TOUR, Tour and internationally, collectively representing 52 TOUR victories, 100 Tour wins and 117 international titles.

The field includes the following players:

Adams, Blake
Albertson, Anders

Alker, Steven
Ancer, Abraham
Anderson, Mark
Appleby, Stuart
Armour, Ryan
Arnold, Jamie
Atkins, Matt
Axley, Eric
Baker, Chris

Barnes, Ricky
Beljan, Charlie (Med)
Blaauw, Jacques
Blair, Zac
Brehm, Ryan
Burgoon, Bronson (Med)
Byrd, Jonathan
Campbell, Brian
Campos, Rafael
Castro, Roberto
Cejka, Alex
Chin, John
Collins, Chad
Conners, Corey
Cook, Austin
Covello, Vince

Crane, Ben
Curran, Jon (Med)
Dahmen, Joel
Davis, Brian (Med)
Díaz, Roberto
Drewitt, Brett
Duke, Ken
Duncan, Tyler
Ernst, Derek

Etulain, Julián
Fdez-Castaño, Gonzalo
Garnett, Brice
Gibson, Rhein

Gonzales, Andres
Gooch, Talor
Gore, Jason
Griffin, Lanto
Gunn, Jimmy
Guthrie, Luke
Gutschewski, Scott
Hadley, Chesson
Harkins, Brandon
Harmon, Matt
Harrington, Scott

Hend, Scott (N-M)
Hodge, Jonathan
Hoge, Tom
Hossler, Beau
Hubbard, Mark
Hueber, Justin
Ishikawa, Ryo
Jaeger, Stephan
Johnson, Michael

Jones, Matt
Kennerly, Billy
Kohles, Ben

Lamb, Rick
Landry, Andrew
Langley, Scott
Lashley, Nate
Lee, D.H.
Lee, Kyoung-Hoon

Levin, Spencer
Lindheim, Nicholas
Long, Adam
Loupe, Andrew
Lovelady, Tom
Luck, Curtis (N-M)
Lunde, Bill
MacKenzie, Will
Mahan, Hunter
McCarthy, Denny
Merritt, Troy
Mitchell, Keith
Moore, Taylor

Mullinax, Trey
Muñoz, Sebastián
Norlander, Henrik (N-M)
Núñez, Augusto
Oppenheim, Rob
Ortiz, Carlos

Owen, Greg
Park, Jin
Park, S.J. (Med)
Percy, Cameron
Pereira, Mito
Peterson, John
Piller, Martin
Poston, J.T.
Potter, Jr., Ted
Power, Seamus
Pride, Dicky
Prugh, Alex
Putnam, Andrew
Randolph, Jonathan
Reeves, Seth
Reifers, Kyle
Ridings, Tag
Roach, Wes
Romero, Andres
Ryder, Sam
Saunders, Sam
Schenk, Adam
Shindler, Conrad
Silverman, Ben
Skinns, David
Sloan, Roger
Southgate, Matthew (N-M)
Stefani, Shawn
Stegmaier, Brett
Straka, Sepp
Summerhays, Daniel
Svensson, Adam
Teater, Josh
Thompson, Kyle
Thompson, Michael
Thompson, Nicholas
Tracy, Ethan
Tringale, Cameron
Uihlein, Peter (N-M)
Wagner, Johnson
Wheatcroft, Steve
Wilcox, Willy (Med)
Wilkinson, Tim
Wittenberg, Casey
Yun, Andrew

1) Tour players Nos. 1-75 are in bold. PGA TOUR players Nos. 126-200 are unbolded. Those in italics are either non-members who earned enough equivalent FedExCup points to finish 126-200 (N-M) or PGA TOUR players with medical exemptions (Med) as noted.

2) Field size is 133 players as of 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, August 28, 2017.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will play a pivotal role in determining who will earn PGA TOUR membership for 2017-2018 season. At the end of the four Finals events, a second set of PGA TOUR cards will be awarded to those players who earn the most cumulative money in the four Finals events.

The top-25 from the Tour Regular Season have already secured their TOUR cards and will carry their earnings into the Finals. The order of priority for all 50 cards will be determined at the conclusion of the Finals.

The exempt players from the Tour Regular Season top 25 will be identified at the conclusion of the four Finals events, using combined Regular Season and Finals money. Therefore, any top-25 player can earn the coveted No. 1 position if he performs well enough in the four Finals events. A second full exemption will be awarded to the highest cumulative earner among the four Finals events, if different from the No. 1 player among the Top 25.

The ordering of all 50 players after the Tour Finals will be done on an alternating basis, beginning with the No. 1 player from the combined Regular Season and Finals money list and followed by the leading money winner from the four Tour Finals. The sequence then alternates between the combined Regular Season and Finals money list (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) and the Tour Finals money list (4, 6, 8, 10, etc.) through the 25th player on both lists.

Since 2013, all 50 PGA TOUR cards have come through the Tour. Previously, 25 cards were awarded to the leading money winners on the Tour at season’s end and 25 more cards via the PGA TOUR Qualifying School in December. The PGA TOUR Qualifying School is no longer in existence, having been replaced by the Tour Qualifying School, which provides a first step on the path to the PGA TOUR.

The field for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will compete over 72 holes of stroke play, with a cut to the top-65 players and ties after 36 holes. Golf Channel will broadcast tournament coverage from Thursday’s opening round to the trophy presentation on Sunday in high definition.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship raised a total of $1,723,105 for charitable organizations last year, including $1,604,500 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marked the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the history of the Tour Finals event. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $7.3 million in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.

General admission for this award winning stop on the Tour is free. For details and to print free tickets the public may visit

For Tournament information please visit or call (614) 764-GOLF. Stay connected with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Twitter (@NCHC_Golf), Instagram (@NCHCGolf) and Facebook (




“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


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 Tour, Summerhays won the 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational at the Ohio State University’s Scarlet course.


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





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
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 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 or call 614-889-6700.



About Nationwide
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