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Memorial Day Preview: Monday and Tuesday Notes


Dublin, Ohio – The PGA Tour just spent three weeks in the State of Texas and now is the time for a change of venue to the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. It is also known as Jack Nicklaus’ tournament.

Jim Furyk PGA Tour (courtesy of Michael Goins)

Golfers love to sign autographs (courtesy of Mike Goins)

Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead designed and starting building the course in 1972; the design was formed in 1974.  Tournament play began for the 1976 PGA Tour season with Roger Maltbie as the winner in a playoff with runner-up Hale Irwin.

Muirfield Village Golf Club was the brainchild and work of Jack Nicklaus, a native of the Columbus, Ohio area (Upper Arlington). The land was bought in 1966, but construction didn’t began until July 28, 1972. The golf course is situated on 220 acres, which includes an 11-acre driving range. The course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974-with an exhibition match between Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus scored a 6-under 66, which stood as the course record until 1979. A Columbus Pro-Am on august 11, 1975, was the first event held at Muirfield.

Muirfield Village Golf Course (Memorial photo)

This will be the 35th Memorial Tournament on the par 72 course.

The course yardage has changed over the years starting in 1976 at 7,027 to it’s current 7,265.

In course difficulty on the PGA Tour for 2009, it was ranked 6th out of 51.

Muirfield Village has also hosted the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 1987 Ryder Cup Matches, the USGA’s 1992 United States Amateur Championship, the 1995 Wendy’s Three-Tour Challenge and the 1998 Solheim Cup.

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