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Field is set for next week’s 45th Memorial Tournament

 

The top-10 in FedExCup points and 62 major championship victories represented in stellar field

 

16 past Memorial Tournament winners set to compete

 

July 10, 2020

Dublin, Ohio – At 8:56 p.m. EDT Tournament officials announced the final field for the 2020 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, headed by 2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods. The contingent of 133 players represents 62 major championship titles, and features the top-10 in FedExCup points, 2019 Memorial Tournament winner Patrick Cantlay, three-time major champion Jordan Spieth and Woods, a five-time Memorial winner.

The 2020 Memorial Tournament will be contested next week, July 14-19, in conjunction with the PGA TOUR’s adjusted tournament schedule due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is the 45th edition of the prestigious invitational Jack Nicklaus started in 1976.

Patrick Cantlay (courtesy PGA TOUR)

The list of top-10 players in the world rankings competing includes No. 1 Rory McIlroy (reigning FedExCup champion), No. 2 Jon Rahm, No. 3 Dustin Johnson, No. 4 Webb Simpson (No. 1 in FedExCup points), No. 5 Justin Thomas, No. 6 Brooks Koepka, No. 7 Bryson DeChambeau (2018 Memorial winner), No. 8 Cantlay and No. 9 Patrick Reed. Another prominent entry is world No. 67 Phil Mickelson, a five-time major champion and ranked second on the PGA TOUR’s all-time money list behind Woods.

A total of 16 past Memorial winners will be returning to Muirfield Village Golf Club next week. The list includes not only Woods, Cantlay and DeChambeau, but also K.J. Choi, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Tom Lehman, David Lingmerth, Hideki Matsuyama, William McGirt, Carl Pettersson, Justin Rose, Vijay Singh and Steve Stricker.

2020 FIELD OF COMPETITORS AS OF 8:56 P.M. ON 7/10/20

An, Byeong Hun

Ancer, Abraham

Berger, Daniel

Bezuidenhout, Christiaan

Blair, Zac +

Bradley, Keegan

Cabrera Bello, Rafa

Cantlay, Patrick

Casey, Paul

Cauley, Bud

Champ, Cameron

Choi, K.J. +

Cink, Stewart +

Clark, Wyndham

Conners, Corey

Dahmen, Joel

Day, Jason

DeChambeau, Bryson

Dufner, Jason

Duncan, Tyler

Els, Ernie +

English, Harris

Finau, Tony

Fitzpatrick, Matthew

Fowler, Rickie

Frittelli, Dylan

Furyk, Jim

Garcia, Sergio

Glover, Lucas

Gooch, Talor

Grace, Branden +

Griffin, Lanto

Grillo, Emiliano

Haas, Bill +

Hadwin, Adam

Harman, Brian

Harrington, Scott

Herman, Jim

Higgs, Harry

Hoag, Bo +

Hoge, Tom

Homa, Max

Horschel, Billy

Hovland, Viktor

Howell III, Charles

Hubbard, Mark

Hughes, Mackenzie

Im, Sungjae

Janewattananond, Jazz

Johnson, Dustin

Johnson, Zach

Kang, Sung

Kim, Si Woo

Kisner, Kevin

Koepka, Brooks

Kokrak, Jason

Kuchar, Matt

Kuest, Peter +

Landry, Andrew

Lashley, Nate

Lee, Danny

Lehman, Tom

Leishman, Marc

Li, Haotong

Lingmerth, David

Long, Adam

Lowry, Shane

Matsuyama, Hideki

McCarthy, Denny

McDowell, Graeme

McGirt, William

McIlroy, Rory

McNealy, Maverick

Merritt, Troy

Mickelson, Phil

Mitchell, Keith

Moore, Ryan

Morikawa, Collin

Muñoz, Sebastián

Na, Kevin

NeSmith, Matthew

Niemann, Joaquin

Noren, Alex

Norlander, Henrik +

Ogletree, Andy

Oosthuizen, Louis

Ortiz, Carlos

Palmer, Ryan

Pan, C.T.

Perez, Pat

Perez, Victor

Pettersson, Carl +

Piercy, Scott

Poston, J.T.

Poulter, Ian

Putnam, Andrew

Rahm, Jon

Reavie, Chez

Redman, Doc

Reed, Patrick

Rodgers, Patrick +

Rose, Justin

Sabbatini, Rory

Schauffele, Xander

Scheffler, Scottie

Schwab, Matthias

Schwartzel, Charl +

Scrivener, Jason

Simpson, Webb

Singh, Vijay +

Smith, Cameron

Snedeker, Brandt

Spieth, Jordan

Steele, Brendan

Straka, Sepp

Streelman, Kevin

Stricker, Steve +

Stuard, Brian

Taylor, Nick

Taylor, Vaughn

Thomas, Justin

Todd, Brendon

Tway, Kevin

van Rooyen, Erik

Varner III, Harold

Walker, Jimmy

Wallace, Matt

Watson, Bubba

Wiesberger, Bernd

Willett, Danny

Wolff, Matthew

Woodland, Gary

Woods, Tiger

Zhang, Xinjun
133    Players in Field

Alternates

Schenk, Adam

Armour, Ryan

Vegas, Jhonattan

Hoffman, Charley

Brown, Scott

Hadley, Chesson

Jones, Matt

Shelton, Robby

Every, Matt

Gay, Brian

Henley, Russell

Thompson, Michael

Lee, Kyoung-Hoon

Werenski, Richy

List, Luke

 

* – Open Qualifier

+ – Sponsor Exemption

# – Section Champion

@ – Foreign

 

For more information about the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, please visit thememorialtournament.com. For the latest news and updates on social media, follow the tournament

on Twitter and Instagram at @MemorialGolf and on Facebook at Facebook.com/theMemorialTournament.

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 Health Care 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 United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2020

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY TOM Sprouse; COURTESY

 


 

5-Time Memorial Tournament winner Tiger Woods commits to 2020 Field

Tiger Woods practices at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Congressional Country Club on June 24, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland. By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

World No. 2 Jon Rahm and major championship winners  Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and 2010 winner Justin Rose join field for 45th Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

 

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that five-time Memorial winner and 2019 Masters champion Tiger Woods will compete in the 45th edition of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Joining Woods are World No. 2 Jon Rahm and major champions Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, who won the 2010 edition of the Memorial.

These latest commitments strengthen the Memorial’s world-class field that already includes, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson, all owners of major titles. McIlroy is the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The 2020 Memorial Tournament will be contested next week, July 14-19, in conjunction with the PGA TOUR’s adjusted tournament schedule due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Woods, 44, will be making his 18th appearance in the prestigious invitational Tournament hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. His scoring average of 70.25 is tied for third best at the Memorial, and he is No. 1 in total earnings with $5,373,205. The Jupiter, Fla., resident has recorded victories in two of his last seven starts at Muirfield Village Golf Club, most recently in 2012 when his incredible shot on the 70th hole, a chip-in birdie at the par-3 16th hole, vaulted him to his 73rd PGA TOUR victory, which tied the Golden Bear on the all-time list. Woods has since increased his TOUR win total to 82, tied with 1984 Memorial Tournament Honoree Sam Snead for most wins in TOUR history. A sixth victory at the Memorial Tournament next week would give Woods sole possession of the record.

An 11-time recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Award for PGA TOUR Player of the Year, Woods, a 15-time major championship winner and two-time FedExCup champion, returned to competition in 2018, after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in 2017. He made his first official TOUR start of the 2017-18 season at the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open and made his first cut on TOUR in two years, en route to a T-23 finish. Woods capped off his comeback campaign with a stellar triumph at the 2018 TOUR Championship for his first title since 2013 and then won a historic fifth Green Jacket at the 2019 Masters Tournament. With the victory, Woods became the second-oldest winner at Augusta National behind Nicklaus (1986/46 years, 2 months, 23 days) and added the Masters to a list of seven PGA TOUR events, including the Memorial, at which he has collected five or more victories. Woods has recorded two top-10 finishes this season over three starts, including his win at the ZOZO Championship, and is ranked No. 14 in the World.

Rahm made his professional debut in 2016 with a T-3 finish at Quicken Loans National, and has never looked back. Six starts into his first full season on the PGA TOUR he grabbed his first win at the Farmers Insurance Open, followed by titles in 2018 and 2019 for a total of three career TOUR victories to date. The 25-year-old is coming off an impressive season with a career-best 12 top-10 finishes and nearly $5 million in earnings. He has added four more top-10s to his resume so far during his 2019-20 campaign and is ranked No. 2 in the world and No. 24 in FedExCup points. The 2020 Memorial will mark Rahm’s second start at Muirfield Village Golf Club, but his third visit with his appearance in this week’s Workday Charity Open. In 2016, the Spaniard was presented with the Jack Nicklaus Award ¾ as the top collegiate golfer in Division I ¾ by the Golden Bear himself during the final round of the Memorial Tournament. Rahm failed to make the cut in his lone start at the Memorial in 2017 after rounds of 73-77.

Simpson, 34, is on pace for a career season on the PGA TOUR, with six top-10 finishes in eight starts, including two wins at the Waste Management Open and RBC Heritage. His victory count on the PGA TOUR sits at seven and his inspired play has moved him to No. 1 in FedExCup points ¾ for the first time since his 2013-14 campaign ¾ and No. 4 in the world. Simpson captured his first major championship at the 2012 U.S. Open in only his second start in the championship, the first player to do so since Jerry Pate in 1976. The North Carolina native has represented the U.S. on three Ryder Cup teams (2012, 2014, 2018) and three Presidents Cup teams (2011, 2013, 2019) since turning professional in 2008 and owns career earnings of $39,705,805. Simpson has teed it up at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide on seven occasions, the last in 2017. His best finish was a T-7 effort in 2011. His Memorial scoring average is 72.64 and his earnings total $365,708.33.

Reed will make his fourth start at the Memorial Tournament next week. He recorded a T-29 finish in his last appearance in 2018 and enjoyed his best result in 2016 with a T-8 effort. His scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 70.75 and his Tournament earnings equal $368,196.17. The 29-year-old Texas native has posted five top-10 finishes this season, including his eighth PGA TOUR victory at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. He is ranked No. 9 in the world and No. 6 in FedExCup points. Reed captured his first major title and first green jacket at The Masters Tournament in 2018. He has recorded at least one win in seven of the past eight PGA TOUR seasons, with a two-win season in 2016. Reed has represented the U.S. on three Presidents Cup teams (2015, 2017, 2019) and three Ryder Cup teams (2014, 2016, 2018) since turning professional in 2011. During the 2016 Ryder Cup Reed was 3-1-1 in his five matches to lead the American team to a 17-11 victory over Europe. He went head-to-head with Rory McIlroy in one of the most thrilling matches (particularly on the front nine) in Ryder Cup history, eventually making birdie on No. 18 for a 1-up victory, cementing his stature as one of the game’s best match play competitors, and improving his overall Ryder Cup record at the time to 6-1-2.

Spieth has been one of the top players on the PGA TOUR since grabbing his first TOUR victory in 2013 at the John Deere Classic. During his 2014-2015 campaign he claimed five more wins, including his first and second major championship titles at the Masters Tournament and U.S. Open, respectively, and won the Jack Nicklaus Award as PGA TOUR Player of the Year. Spieth garnered two wins the following year and added three more in 2017, including his third major at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. A Dallas native, Spieth, 26, has recorded three top-10 finishes over 11 starts so far during the 2019-2020 season. He has been a member of three U.S. Presidents Cup teams (2013, 2015, 2017) and three U.S. Ryder Cup teams (2014, 2016, 2018). The 2013 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year all but swept the TOUR’s annual awards circuit in 2015, receiving not only the Jack Nicklaus Award, but also the Byron Nelson Award for low adjusted scoring average (68.91) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s money leader. He also captured the 2015 FedExCup title. This will be Spieth’s eighth 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. He grabbed another top-10 last year with a T-7 effort. Spieth’s Tournament scoring average is 70.96 and his Memorial earnings sit at $924,473.77.

Rose, 39, will make his 14th start at this year’s Memorial, where he is ranked second on the Tournament’s career money list with $3,368,595, and has a scoring average of 70.67. His T-6 finish in 2018 was his seventh top-10 at Muirfield Village Golf Club and with a 13th place effort last year Rose has recorded nine top-15 finishes over his 13 appearances. 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 is No. 13 in FedExCup points, and his lone top-10 finish this season came in the Charles Schwab Challenge where he tied for third place. The 2010 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the 2013 U.S. Open are among his 10 total wins on TOUR since turning professional in 1998. His career PGA TOUR earnings total $54,081,228.

For more information about the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, please visit thememorialtournament.com. For the latest news and updates on social media, follow the tournament on Twitter and Instagram at @MemorialGolf and on Facebook at Facebook.com/theMemorialTournament.

 

 

 

 

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 Health Care 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 United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2020

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS


 

PGA Tour, Memorial Tournament reverses decision: No fans allowed at 2020 Tournament

 

With support of Nationwide and local government, officials cancel plans to be among first professional sports leagues with fan attendance; decision made out of an abundance of caution, as focus heightens on player experience and television presentation

Dublin, Ohio and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – The PGA TOUR and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that despite a robust health and safety plan and State of Ohio approval for limited patron attendance, the world-renowned event founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus will instead be held without fans on site and with no pro-am, due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The news comes as many of the world’s best players arrive at Muirfield Village Golf Club for an unprecedented two-week swing at the “Course that Jack Built” — the Workday Charity Open this week, followed by the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, with the 45th edition of the Tournament being staged July 14-19.

“We applaud the leadership, diligence and partnership it took from Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sullivan, the entire Memorial Tournament staff and State, County and City leadership to build a solid plan that would allow for limited fan attendance at next week’s event,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “But given the broader challenges communities are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to stay focused on the No. 1 priority for our Return to Golf — the health and safety of all involved.  While this was a difficult decision, it was one made collectively, and we are appreciative of the process undertaken to this point that will allow us to welcome on-site fans when the time is right.  In the meantime, we have no doubt that the Memorial Tournament will once again be an incredible championship and deliver the best competitive environment for our players and utmost entertainment to our fans around the world.”

After Ohio Governor Mike DeWine approved in mid-June a phased approach to allowing on-site fans and guests, Memorial Tournament officials announced several elements of their COVID-19 activation protocols designed to allow for a 20 percent maximum capacity on property, encompassing patrons and private venues, as well as essential staff needed to operate the Tournament.

“The Memorial Tournament team, led by Dan Sullivan, worked exhaustively on a plan that the Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, as well as other local, county and state leaders were comfortable with, confident in, and applauded,” Nicklaus said.  “We had a good plan in place, and I could not be more proud of everyone who contributed to it. In the end, we have the responsibility to recognize the health and safety of the players and all who attend the Memorial Tournament. We, in partnership with Nationwide and the PGA TOUR, will now focus on presenting the best-possible Memorial Tournament we can for the players and for the many fans watching at home and around the world on Golf Channel and CBS.”

Nationwide, which has been the Tournament sponsor for 10 years, has been both supportive and instrumental throughout the planning process, since the Memorial date change in March in conjunction with the PGA TOUR’s adjusted tournament schedule.

“We understand and support the decision to have this year’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide without spectators,” said Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Kirt Walker. “Although we can’t be there in person, we wish the players a great two weeks at Muirfield Village Golf Club and we look forward to supporting them on course, with fans, in the future.”

Executive Director Dan Sullivan had emphasized for weeks the need for all involved to remain flexible and understanding, as the coronavirus pandemic continued to evolve nationwide and in the State of Ohio.

“While we embraced the opportunity to be the first PGA TOUR event to welcome the return of on-site fans — and be a part of our nation’s collective reemergence from the COVID-19 crisis — we recognize the current increase in positive COVID-19 cases across the country and our ultimate responsibility,” said Sullivan. “We will host the 45th Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide without patrons on-site and encourage all fans of the Memorial and the PGA TOUR to follow the competition through our collective social media channels and our broadcast partners. It’s disappointing to the many who have tirelessly worked to create a plan for on-site patrons, but I’m confident the learnings from these efforts will contribute to golf’s continued success, and we’re excited to showcase Muirfield Village Golf Club — and ultimately, the Memorial Tournament — to our fans over the next two weeks.”

“The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the PGA TOUR have made the right decision in not allowing spectators to attend this year,” said Governor Mike DeWine.   “I know it was a difficult decision to make, but the organizers of the Memorial Tournament have put the health and safety of players and fans first.”

For more information about the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, please visit thememorialtournament.com. For the latest news and updates on social media, follow the tournament on Twitter and Instagram at @MemorialGolf and on Facebook at Facebook.com/theMemorialTournament.

 

 

 

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 United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2020

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Joel Schuchmann, PGA TOUR; Tom Sprouse, Memorial Tournament; COURTESY PGA TOUR & MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS


 

Memorial Tournament announces Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and fan favorite Rickie Fowler join world-class field

 

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that World No. 1 and reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy will compete in the 45th edition of the Memorial at Jack Nicklaus’ world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.

 

The Tournament also has accepted entries from major championship winner Justin Thomas, four-time PGA TOUR winner Xander Schauffele, and fan favorite Rickie Fowler.

 

The 2020 Memorial Tournament will be contested the week of July 14-19 in conjunction with the PGA TOUR’s adjusted tournament schedule due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

McIlroy, who, in 2019, won his second FedExCup title as well as his third Jack Nicklaus Award as PGA TOUR Player of the Year, will make his ninth start at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. He has finished inside the top-10 on four occasions, with his best outing coming in 2016 when he tied for fourth place. His scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 70.71 to go along with career earnings of $1,094,989.50. He posted his lowest 18-hole score at the Memorial in 2014, when he fired a 9-under-par 63 during the first round, en route to a T-15 finish. The four-time major champion swept the 2018-19 PGA TOUR’s post-season competition-based awards, receiving both the Jack Nicklaus Award and his third Byron Nelson Award for lowest adjusted scoring average (69.06). McIlroy also led the PGA TOUR in top-10 finishes last season with 14. He has recorded a win in nine of the past 11 seasons on TOUR, bringing home multiple wins in five of those years (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019). McIlroy has garnered $52,619,561 in TOUR earnings since turning professional in 2007. The 31-year-old from Northern Ireland is the      No. 1-ranked player in the world and sits at No. 4 in FedExCup points, after recording his 18th PGA TOUR victory at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to go with six top-10 finishes this season.

Thomas, 27, has recorded 12 PGA TOUR victories since his 2015-16 season. He enjoyed a career 2016-2017 campaign, that included five titles, his first major at the 2017 PGA Championship, the FedExCup trophy, the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA TOUR’s leading money winner and the Jack Nicklaus Award as the TOUR’s Player of the Year. He also joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Jordan Spieth as the only players since 1960 to capture five wins in a season. Thomas backed up that epic performance with a three-win 2017-18 season and reached No. 1 in the world rankings for the first time. The Kentucky native is one of only eight players in TOUR history – and the youngest at 23 years, 8 months, 14 days – to card an 18-hole score of 59 during competition, which he achieved in the opening round of the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Thomas has made the most of his 11 starts this season, claiming seven top-10 finishes, including two wins at The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges and the Sentry Tournament of Champions. His impressive start places Thomas at No. 2 in FedExCup points and No. 3 in the world. He will be making his seventh start at the Memorial. His best result came in 2017, when Thomas finished tied for fourth place. He grabbed another top-10 in 2018, with a T-8 effort, but failed to make the cut last year, after opening rounds of 71-80. His Tournament earnings total $648,520 and his scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 71.72.

 

Schauffele burst onto the PGA TOUR scene during the 2016-17 season, recording four top-10 finishes, including two wins — A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier and the TOUR Championship. His victory at East Lake helped Schauffele cap off his rookie campaign ranked No. 3 in FedExCup standings and lock up the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year. The 26-year-old California native has racked up a total of 21 top-10 finishes in his three-plus seasons on TOUR, including four victories. At the end of last season, Schauffele joined Brooks Koepka, 2014 Memorial Tournament winner Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas as one of only four players to finish in the top-15 of the FedExCup standings each season since 2016-17. Schauffele is currently ranked No. 11 in the world and No. 13 in FedExCup points on the strength of four top-10s in 11 starts this season. This will be his third appearance at the Memorial Tournament, where he enjoyed his best finish last year with a T-12 effort, to increase his earnings to $163,800. His scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 71.17.

Fowler, 31, has been one of the most popular players on the PGA TOUR since turning professional in 2009. He has represented the U.S. on four Ryder Cup teams (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) and three Presidents Cup teams (2015, 2017, 2019). Fowler has posted five PGA TOUR victories, his first in 2012 at the Wells Fargo Championship and his latest coming last year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In 2014, Fowler finished inside the top-5 in all four major championships, tying for second at the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. The 2010 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year has recorded top-12 finishes at The Masters Tournament in five of the past six years, including a T-9 effort in 2019. A resident of Jupiter, Fla., Fowler has posted two top-10 finishes in eight starts this season and is ranked No. 31 in the world. This year will mark his 11th Memorial Tournament start. He has finished second on two occasions — his first appearance in 2010 and again in 2017. He grabbed his third top-10 at Muirfield Village Golf Club with a T-8 outing in 2018, and finished T-14 last year. His career Tournament earnings total $1,915,164, and his scoring average is 70.91.

 

For more information about the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, please visit thememorialtournament.comFor the latest news and updates on social media, follow the tournament on Twitter and Instagram at @MemorialGolf and on Facebook at Facebook.com/theMemorialTournament.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Health Care 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 United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. © 2020

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse, COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT COMMUNICATIONS

The Memorial Tournament announces 2020 Field additions

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

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June 26, 2020

World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson, 2018 Memorial Tournament winner Bryson DeChambeau, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA winner Jason Day strengthen 2020 field at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

 

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the Tournament has accepted entries from World Golf Hall of Fame member and five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, 2018 Memorial winner Bryson DeChambeau, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA Championship winner Jason Day to compete in the premiere invitational Tournament founded and hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

 

The 2020 Memorial Tournament will be contested at Muirfield Village Golf Club the week of July 14-19 in conjunction with the PGA TOUR’s adjusted tournament schedule due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Mickelson, who turned 50 this month, has teed it up at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide 19 times. His first appearance came in 1991 as an amateur when he finished tied for 66th place. In his last 14 starts at the Memorial, dating to 1999, Mickelson has finished in the top-20 eight times. His best finish was a T-4 outing in 2006. He withdrew due to injuries in 2007 and 2012 and finished T-13 in 2018 with rounds of 74-66-70-68. He missed the cut last year after a second-round 79. His Memorial Tournament career earnings total $1,178,188.19, and his scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 71.46. The left-hander has been a member of a record 12 U.S. Presidents Cup teams and 12 U.S. Ryder Cup teams. Through 10 starts this season, the Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., resident has recorded one top-10 finish, a third–place effort in defense of his 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title. Mickelson is currently ranked No. 66 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 95 in FedExCup standings. On the strength of 44 career PGA TOUR titles, he is ranked No. 2 in career earnings with $91,299,439.

 

DeChambeau enjoyed a career-best 2017-18 PGA TOUR season, and his playoff victory in the 43rd Memorial was the catalyst. His three victories propelled his season earnings to more than $8 million and a third-place finish in FedExCup standings. The California native continued his inspired play last season, adding his fifth-career title giving him at least one win each season for three consecutive years. Through nine starts in his 2019-2020 campaign, DeChambeau ranks No. 1 on TOUR in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee and No. 2 in total driving distance with a 320.5 yard average. His improved prowess off the tee has led to six top-10 finishes including a second-place effort at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and a T-3 outing at the Charles Schwab Challenge. His current FedExCup ranking is 13, and he sits at No. 11 in the world. At 24 years, 8 months and 18 days, DeChambeau became the fourth-youngest winner in Memorial Tournament history behind Hideki Matsuyama, who was 22 years, 3 months and 7 days in 2014, and Tiger Woods’ 1999 and 2000 victories. In three career starts at Muirfield Village Golf Club, DeChambeau has earned $1,723,360 and his scoring average is 69.75.

 

Watson, 41, recorded his first-career PGA TOUR title in 2010 at the Travelers Championship. He has since captured 12 in all, his last two coming in 2018 at the Genesis Open and World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. Watson has claimed two Masters titles and has enjoyed four multiple-win campaigns in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018. A resident of Windermere, Fla., Watson has competed in 11 TOUR events in the 2019-20 season and recorded three top-10 finishes, bringing his career earnings to $45,569,542. The two-time U.S. Presidents Cup and four-time U.S. Ryder Cup team member is currently ranked No. 46 in the world and No. 52 in FedExCup points. Watson’s best finish in his 12 previous appearances at the Memorial Tournament is third in 2014. He finished T-44 in his last start in 2018. His scoring average at Muirfield Village Golf Club is 71.64 and his career earnings in the Tournament total $977,794.75.

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 15 top-10 finishes in major championships alone, including a T-5 finish at last year’s Masters Tournament. He captured his first major in 2015 at the PGA Championship and owns a total of 12 PGA TOUR titles, his last two coming in 2018 at the Farmers Insurance Open and Wells Fargo Championship. The 32-year-old Australian native, now living in Columbus, Ohio, has been a member of four International Presidents Cup squads (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017) and has PGA TOUR career earnings of $46,744,348. He has recorded one top-10 finishes this season and is  No. 56 in the world ranking and No. 97 in FedExCup points. Day will be making his 12th start at the Memorial. He grabbed his best finish at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 2017 when he tied for 15th. He missed the cut in last year’s Tournament after rounds of 75-74. Day’s Memorial Tournament earnings stand at $345,497.44 and his scoring average is 72.06.

 

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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.

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Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the United States. Nationwide is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. An industry leader in driving customer-focused innovation, Nationwide provides a full range of insurance and financial services products including auto, business, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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