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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

 

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

 

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