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2018 Memorial Tournament Honoree is Hale Irwin

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Sprouse; COURTESY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT MEDIA RELATIONS

INTERVIEW WITH HALE IRWIN FROM 2018 LEGENDS LUNCHEON

Hale Irwin 2018 Legends Luncheon Interview 5 1 2018

 

Hale Irwin (megasportsnews.com photo)

Hale Irwin was born on June 3, 1945, in Joplin, Missouri, but it was in Baxter Springs, Kansas, where Hale and his father spent countless hours on the sand greens at their local municipal golf course. He took up the game at age 4, and it was the work on those sand greens that helped Hale break 70 for the first time at age 14.  The Irwin family relocated to Boulder, Colo., where Hale began to star at the prep level in golf, football and baseball. Hale led Boulder High School to a state title in football as their quarterback his senior year, earning him a scholarship to the University of Colorado.

Irwin was a two-sport athlete at Colorado, excelling in golf and football. He graduated in 1967 and decided to pursue a golf career, turning professional a year later. He won his first PGA TOUR event at the 1971 Sea Pines Heritage Classic at Harbour Town Golf Links, the first golf course to be designed by Memorial Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus.
During his illustrious career, Irwin won three U.S. Opens and 20 PGA TOUR events in all. He played on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams, captained the 1994 U.S. Presidents Cup team, and won a record 45 times on the PGA TOUR Champions to become the most decorated player in the history of senior golf. Leader in career earnings on the PGA TOUR Champions with more than $26 million, Irwin’s success in U.S. Golf Association events carried over to his senior golf career. He won two U.S. Senior Open titles and seven senior majors overall.

Irwin’s record in the U.S. Open also cements his spot among golf’s legends. With 11 years between his second and third titles, he ties Julius Boros for the longest span of years between victories. He is the last winner who received a special exemption (1990), and that same year, he became the last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff. His victory at age 45 years and 15 days also makes him the oldest U.S. Open champion. Only Willie Anderson, Bob Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus have more U.S. Open victories.

“Hale was truly one of the great golfers and athletes we ever had playing on the PGA TOUR” Nicklaus said. “He was a terrific golfer. He always had tremendous integrity. He’s been a terrific family man. Hale has always been one of the purest strikers of the golf ball. You knew when you got to a difficult golf course that Hale Irwin was going to be there somewhere. He was probably the best senior player we’ve ever had on the PGA TOUR Champions.”

 

2018 HONOREE

2018 POSTHUMOUS HONOREES

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial Tournament Historical News and Information: Underway now through June 3

INFORMATION DERIVED FROM THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AND WIKIPEDIA

 

(From Muirfield Village Golf Club Course Billboards)

Location Dublin, Ohio
Established 1976, 42 years ago
Course(s) Muirfield Village Golf Club
Par 72
Length 7,392 yards (6,759 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $8.9 million
Month played May/June

 

The Memorial Tournament is a PGA Tour golf tournament, founded 42 years ago in 1976 by Jack Nicklaus. It is played on a Nicklaus-designed course at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb north of Columbus. The golf course passes through a large neighborhood called Muirfield Village, which includes a bronze sculpture of Nicklaus mentoring a young golfer; unveiled in 1999, it is located in the wide median of Muirfield Drive.

One of the main features of the tournament is a yearly induction ceremony honoring past golfers. A plaque for each honoree is installed near the clubhouse at Muirfield; Nicklaus himself was the honoree in 2000.

The purse was increased over 37% for the 2016 edition, from $6.2 to $8.5 million.

 

Field

The field consists of 120 players invited using the following criteria:

  1. Memorial winners in the last five years or prior to 1997
  2. The Players Championship and major championship winners in the last five years
  3. The Tour ChampionshipWorld Golf Championships, and Arnold Palmer Invitational winners in the past three years
  4. Tournament winners in the past year
  5. Playing member of last named U.S. Ryder Cup team, European Ryder Cup team, U.S. Presidents Cup team, and International Presidents Cup team (non-PGA Tour members qualifying in this category count against unrestricted sponsor exemptions)
  6. Prior year U.S. Amateur winner
  7. Prior year British Amateur winner
  8. Up to four players selected by the tournament from among the money leaders from the other five Federation tours
  9. 14 sponsors exemptions – 2 from among graduates of the Web.com Tour Finals, 6 members not otherwise exempt, and 6 unrestricted
  10. Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking as of the Friday before the tournament
  11. Top 70 from prior year’s FedEx Cup points list
  12. PGA Tour members whose non-member FedEx Cup points the previous season (excluding WGCs) would have placed them in the top 70
  13. Top 70 from current year’s FedEx Cup points list as of the Friday before the tournament
  14. Prior year college player of the year (Jack Nicklaus Award)
  15. Remaining positions filled alternating from current year’s and prior year’s FedEx Cup point lists

 

Tournament highlights

  • 1976: Roger Maltbie wins the inaugural Memorial Tournament in a playoff, defeating Hale Irwin with a birdie on the fourth extra hole. The playoff was a three-hole aggregate, the first of its kind. Irwin and Maltbie halved the first two extra holes, so it effectively became sudden death for the third hole. Maltbie’s errant approach shot appeared headed for the gallery when it hit a stake, causing the ball to bounce onto the green, where both parred to halve the hole.
  • 1977: Poor weather results in a Monday finish for the tournament. Host Jack Nicklaus wins by two shots over Hubert Green.
  • 1980: Tom Watson‘s bid to become the first Memorial champion to defend his title is foiled when David Graham birdies the 72nd hole to edge Watson by one shot.
  • 1984: Jack Nicklaus defeats Andy Bean in a sudden-death playoff to become the first two-time Memorial winner.
  • 1988: On his way to winning PGA Player of the YearCurtis Strange wins the Memorial by two shots over David Frost and Irwin.
  • 1991: Kenny Perry wins for the first time ever on the PGA Tour, defeating Irwin on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
  • 1993: Paul Azinger birdies the 72nd hole by holing out from a bunker and finishes one shot ahead of Corey Pavin.
  • 1994: Tom Lehman shoots a tournament record 268 (-20) for 72 holes on his way to a five-shot victory over Greg Norman.
  • 2000: Tiger Woods becomes the first Memorial winner to successfully defend his title and finishes five shots ahead of Ernie Els.
  • 2001: Woods wins for a third consecutive year, seven shots clear of runners-up Paul Azinger and Sergio García.
  • 2005: Bart Bryant saves par from a hazard on the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Fred Couples.
  • 2007: K. J. Choi shoots a final round 65 to win by one shot over Ryan Moore.
  • 2012: Woods birdies three of his last four holes including a chip in on the 16th hole, turning a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory. The win is Woods’ 73rd PGA Tour victory, tying Jack Nicklaus for second most PGA Tour wins.
  • 2013: Defending champion Woods posts a third round back nine score of 44, the worst in his career. He finished 20 shots behind winner Matt Kuchar.
  • 2014: Hideki Matsuyama wins in a playoff against Kevin Na.[21] He was the first Japanese PGA Tour winner since 2008.
  • 2015: In the third round, Tiger Woods shoots an 85, the worst round of his professional career. Three-time winner Kenny Perry played his last PGA Tour event.
  • 2016: After years of toiling in mini-tours and three runner-up PGA Tour finishes, William McGirt earned his first win after 165 starts.

 

Course layout

Muirfield Village Golf Club in 2016

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 470 455 401 200 527 447 563 185 412 3,660 471 567 184 455 363 529 201 478 484 3,732 7,392
Par 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 36 72 

 

Multiple winners

Six men have won the Memorial Tournament more than once through 2017.

 

 

ICYMI: NHL Morning Skate for Tuesday, May 29, 2018: Vegas wins high scoring affair to open Final; Marchessault sets NHL record

PUBLICATION WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

MONDAY’S RESULT
Down 4-3 early in the third period, the Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals – including the winning and insurance tallies by Tomas Nosek – to defeat the Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

* Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 78.2% of the time (61 of 78 series) – including each of the past six years. The Bruins were the last team to rally for a series victory after losing Game 1 of the Final, winning in seven games in 2011 (vs. VAN).

GOLDEN KNIGHTS, CAPITALS ENGAGE IN RECORD SEESAW AFFAIR . . .
The Golden Knights and Capitals traded the lead four times in Game 1. Washington overcame a 1-0 deficit to go ahead 2-1, Vegas responded by taking a 3-2 advantage. The Capitals then rallied for a 4-3 lead, but the Golden Knights scored the final three goals for a 6-4 victory.

This marked just the third game in NHL postseason history – and first in the Stanley Cup Final – to feature four lead changes. The others: Game 2 of the 1936 Quarterfinals (NYA 4 at CHI 5) and Game 2 of the 1992 Division Semifinals (EDM 5 at LAK 8).

. . . COMBINE FOR 10 GOALS TO CONTINUE PLAYOFF SURGE
The Golden Knights and Capitals contested the ninth Game 1 in Stanley Cup Final history with 10 or more combined goals – and third since 1983 (also 2000 and 2010). Overall, it marked the most combined goals in any Stanley Cup Final contest since Game 4 of the 2013 series (CHI 6 at BOS 5, OT).

* The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are averaging 5.9 goals per game (472 G in 80 GP), the most since 2010 (6.0).

NOSEK PLAYS UNLIKELY HERO IN GAME 1
Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek (2-0—2) registered his first multi-goal game and game-winning goal while skating in his 97th NHL contest (regular season and playoffs).

* Vegas acquired Nosek from Detroit in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. The 25-year-old Pardubice, Czech Republic, native originally signed with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent in 2014.

* Nosek recorded 7-8—15 in 67 regular-season games with the Golden Knights in 2017-18, followed by 1-2—3 in 12 playoff contests entering Game 1. Overall, he had 9-10—19 in 96 NHL appearances prior to Game 1.

* Nosek also provided the heroics in Game 1 of last year’s Calder Cup Final, scoring the winning goal for the Grand Rapids Griffins with 13.9 seconds remaining in regulation (vs. SYR). He led the Griffins, and ranked third in the AHL, with 10-12—22 in the playoffs en route to winning the Calder Cup.

MARCHESSAULT SETS RECORD FOR FIRST-YEAR PLAYOFF TEAM
Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault collected one assist, giving him 8-11—19 in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (16 GP). That established a record for a player with a franchise in its first-ever postseason, surpassing the Islanders’ Jude Drouin in 1975 (6-12—18 in 17 GP) and Sharks’ Igor Larionov in 1994 (5-13—18 in 14 GP).

Teammate Reilly Smith added 1-1—2, moving within one point of Marchessault for the team lead in playoff scoring (3-15—18 in 16 GP).

GOLDEN KNIGHTS PICK UP ANOTHER WIN AT T-MOBILE ARENA
The Golden Knights improved to 7-1 at T-Mobile Arena during the playoffs, outscoring opponents 31-16. Their lone loss came in double-overtime in Game 2 of the Second Round vs. SJS (4-3 L).

During the regular season, Vegas shared third in the NHL with 29 victories on home ice (29-10-2). That included an eight-game winning streak from Oct. 15 – Nov. 24, matching an NHL record for a team in its inaugural season.

DID YOU KNOW?
Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves scored the tying goal 1:31 after the Capitals took the lead in the third period. It marked the fifth time in the last six games that Vegas has responded to an opponent’s goal with one of its own within 2 minutes.

KUZNETSOV, CARLSON STAY HOT FOR CAPITALS
Capitals teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov (0-1—1) and John Carlson (1-0—1) each found the scoresheet to pad and set franchise records:

* Kuznetsov extended his franchise-record postseason point streak to 11 games (6-10—16), the longest by any player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2010 and fifth-longest since 1997:

* Carlson scored his 17th career playoff goal (all w/ WSH) to move past Kevin Hatcher (16) for the most by a defenseman in Capitals history. Carlson leads NHL blueliners with 4-13—17 this postseason, franchise records for assists and points by a defenseman in one playoff year.

‘STANLEY CUP LIVE’ GIVES FANS NEW LOOK AT FINAL EXPERIENCE
The first episode of Stanley Cup Live aired on Facebook Live from the heart of the party at Toshiba Plaza outside T-Mobile Arena, with Lil Jonjudging a rap battle between co-hosts Adam Burish and Jackie Redmond before Blue Man Group busted out the paint brush on Burish.

On today’s show, Adam and Jackie head to the Chapel at Bellagio with the Stanley Cup (live at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT).

QUICK CLICKS

•    Golden Knights defeat Capitals in back-and-forth Game 1 of Cup Final (via Dan Rosen)
•    Vegas goes even bigger for Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final
•    Michael Buffer gets fans ‘ready to rumble’ before Stanley Cup Final Game 1 (via Nick Cotsonika)
•    Capitals, Golden Knights fans party before Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final
•    Seattle expansion vote by NHL Board of Governors could come in fall (via Dan Rosen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Almanac for Thursday, May 31, 2018: 151st Day of the Year

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY www.almanac.com

 

(courtesy www.lovethispic.com)

 

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Wednesday’s Dayton-West Michigan game suspended by rain in 5th; Dragons trail 7-0

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

May 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons and West Michigan Whitecaps were suspended by rain in the fifth inning on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field.  West Michigan led the game 7-0 with one out in the top of the fifth inning when the game was suspended.  It will resume at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 in Dayton.  The suspended game will continued as a scheduled nine-inning game.  A seven-inning game will be played approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.  Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

 

Only tickets dated Thursday, May 31 will be accepted for Thursday’s games.  Fans with tickets to Wednesday night’s game should contact the Dragons for ticket exchange options.

 

West Michigan scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead.  Following the fourth inning, the game was delayed for two hours, 34 due to rain.  It resumed at 10:56 p.m. and play continued for 17 minutes in the fifth inning before the second rain delay of the night.  West Michigan added four more runs in the fifth before the second rain delay as Dylan Rosa connected on a grand slam home run.  The game was suspended with one out in the top of the fifth.

Click here for the box score

West Michigan (R-H-E): 7-5-2

Dayton (R-H-E): 0-1-0

 

HRDayton: None

HRWest Michigan: Dylan Rosa (5th, 3 on base in fifth inning).

 

 

Game Broadcast:  All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

 

For Dragons 2018 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.

 

 

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