The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide Preview

The PGA Tour is still at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio for the second week in a row! This week, the course is primed for the 2020 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

The field is stacked, the rough has been grown out over the last two weeks (thanks rain!), the greens have been sped up and the course is going to be tipped out. Despite all that, I hope they consider moving up the tee box on 14 again like they did last week. It made for some great drama, especially on Sunday.

Can Collin Morikawa run it back and win two weeks in a row? Can Tiger win in his first start since February? Who will emerge from these SUPER groups we have on Thursday and Friday. Lots of questions heading into the week.

HOW TO WATCH
Thursday (All times Eastern)
PGA Tour Live: 7:15 AM – 6:30 PM
Golf Channel: 2:30 – 6:00 PM
Friday
PGA Tour Live: 7:15 AM – 6:30 PM
Golf Channel: 2:30 – 6:00 PM
Saturday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 8:40 AM – 3:30 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:30 – 6:00 PM
Golf Channel: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Sunday
PGA Tour Live Featured Groups: 8:40 AM – 3:30 PM
PGA Tour Live Features Holes: 3:30 – 7:00 PM
Golf Channel: 12:30 – 3:00 PM
CBS: 3:00 – 7:00 PM

STORYLINES & SUPER GROUPS
The field this week is absolutely loaded. Nine of the top-10 players in the world are in the field and 22 of the top-25. Lots of OWGR points on the line. Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson all have a chance to become the No. 1 player in the world with a win.

Tiger is back and playing with Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy during the first two rounds. Just take a minute to let that sink in. They go off Thursday afternoon and first thing Friday. Tiger is back. His swing has looked great in all the viral videos that have popped up during the past few months. Can he put it together and compete with the younger players for four days? A win gives him the all-time record (83). Every time he plays until he wins they are going to talk about this. Brooks is hungry after a missed cut and has some shit talking to Bryson to back up. He hasn’t won since last July. He always plays well in bigger events. Expecting good stuff from him. Rory is going to Rory. Hopefully he can cut down on the mistakes and string some birdies together. This group will be fun to watch. Like really fun.

Is the course going to hold up for two weeks in a row? Um, yes. The PGA Tour posted the picture below and oh my god does Muirfield still look pure. The grounds crew has been working around the clock over the last two weeks. They’ve grown the rough out. The greens have been sped up. I’m interested to see the divot situation between last week and the practice rounds this week. For those guys playing both weeks it will be different for sure. Different tee boxes and angles off the tee. Faster and less receptive greens. Should play firmer and faster and the hot temps in Ohio will help with that.

Another one of the super groups is Bryson DeSLAMbeau (god I missed typing that, but I enjoyed our week apart), Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay. These are the last three winners at Muirfield. Bryson is back and obviously he’s been posting a TON on social media. How many times will we see the Kraken during the first round. What a name for your diver by the way. Can Morikawa go back-to-back? His ball-striking on Sunday was unreal. Kid plays with confidence and he’s care free, although I still think his putter under pressure is questionable. He nearly missed a two-footer to force the playoff last week. Cantlay takes two days standing over every shot. He annoys the crap out of me, but he gets results. Can’t knock it (I will continue to knock it). Below is the hype video Bryson posted this week. There is no way he can keep that swing speed up consistently without hurting himself, right?

WHO DO WE HAVE WINNING IT ALL
Steve:
This is the week, guys. This is it. Rory is back after a two-week vacation. That means I’m going with the No. 1 player in the world. But Steve, he hasn’t performed well in the restart. Hmm. Interesting take. Let’s do some research… Rory has finished outside the top-ten in three straight starts. His finishes in his next event the last three times he did that: Win, T2 & T4. LFG! Rory McIlroy and -14 winning score.  

CWalks: Let’s look at the power rankings this week heading back into Muirfield.  We have Bryson, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas in the top-three.  I really want to give Justin Thomas the nod on this one and go with what the rankings are telling me, but I’ve really been into Viktor Hovland lately. This kid has finished in the top-25 in every tournament since the restart after COVID.  He’s super young and I’m not sure if he is yet ready to deal with the Sunday pressure especially with a lot of big names in the field this week. However, I can’t help but think that he has to break through and pull out a win very soon. So why not, I’m pulling for Hovland this week to take home the Memorial.

Foster: This week I’m keeping it simple. I know everyone’s going to pick Tiger. And in case you didn’t know – I’m everyone. Why? Never bet against a legend. 18-under wins it for the Big Cat.

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