Memorial Tournament News: 2021 commitments continue with McIlroy, Morikawa, Scott and Watson

Rory McIlroy drives during a practice day for the 2013 BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club. Photo by By TourProGolfClubs, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the Tournament has accepted entries from four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa and Masters champions Adam Scott and Bubba Watson to compete in the premiere invitational Tournament hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

The 2021 Memorial Tournament will be contested at newly redesigned Muirfield Village Golf Club the week of May 31 – June 6.

McIlroy, a three-time winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as PGA TOUR Player of the Year, will make his 10th 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 71.00 to go with career earnings of $1,146,914.50 after a T-32 finished in 2020. 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 32-year-old from Northern Ireland has five top-10 finishes this season over 13 starts, including his 19th PGA TOUR victory last Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship. He is ranked No. 7 in the world and No. 17 in FedExCup points. The two-time FedExCup champion has recorded a PGA TOUR victory in 10 of the past 12 seasons, bringing home multiple wins in five of those years (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019). McIlroy has garnered $56,368,517 in TOUR earnings since turning professional in 2007.

Morikawa, 24, enjoyed a breakout year in 2020, with his first multi-win season, that included victories at the Workday Charity Open¾contested at Muirfield Village Golf Club¾and his first major title at the PGA Championship. The Los Angeles native also logged career bests last year in top-10 finishes (7), FedExCup standings (6) and earnings ($5,250,868). Morikawa has continued his inspired play this season, recording four top-10 finishes through 14 events, including his fourth-career PGA TOUR win at the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the world and No. 25 in FedExCup points and is first on the PGA TOUR in Strokes Gained: Approach the Green (1.311). Since turning professional in 2019, Morikawa has garnered career earnings of $9,986,025. He finished T-48 in his Memorial debut last year with an 8-over 296 aggregate score to earn $23,839.

Scott, 40, has a Memorial Tournament scoring average of 71.13 and earnings of $2,016,852 over 12 starts, including four top-5 finishes. His best outing at Muirfield Village Golf Club came in his last appearance in 2019 when he finished runner-up to Patrick Cantlay. The first Australian to win the Masters Tournament, Scott has 14 PGA TOUR wins, his most recent coming at the 2020 Genesis Invitational. Scott has tallied $56,132,227 in PGA TOUR earnings over this more than 21-year career, and in 2014 he spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in the world.

Watson is enjoying a successful 2021 season, with four top-10 finishes in 14 starts and more than $1.3 million in earnings. He recorded three top-10s each year in 2019 and 2020. The 42-year-old will be making his 14th start at this year’s Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Watson carried a one-shot lead into the final round of the 2014 Memorial before finishing a career-best third place after narrowly missing a playoff between eventual winner Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Na. Watson’s Memorial Tournament scoring average is 71.75 to go with $1,029,719.75 in earnings. The Florida native became the 17th player to win multiple Green Jackets when he claimed Masters titles in 2012 and 2014. Watson has recorded 12 PGA TOUR victories and owns four multi-win seasons (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018) in his more than 18-year professional career. His 2018 campaign included a career-best three wins, with victories at the Genesis Open, World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and Travelers Championship.

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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.

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.

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