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29 May 2019 by Sam Vickers

The 2019 Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Memorial Tournament? Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd of June 2019

Where is the 2019 Memorial Tournament? Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio, USA

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Memorial Tournament? $9,100,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 Memorial Tournament on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Memorial Tournament in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Memorial Tournament? https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-memorial-tournament-presented-by-nationwide/tickets.html

What is the course yardage at Muirfield Village? 7,392 yards

What is the par at Muirfield Village? 72

What is the course information for Muirfield Village? Golf legend Jack Nicklaus’ design and home is a course that took the great years to perfect. Now it attracts one of the strongest fields in a regular PGA Tour event due to the stature of the host and the quality of the golf course. One of the main features of the tournament is a yearly induction ceremony honouring past golfers. A plaque for each honouree is installed near the clubhouse at Muirfield. As you would expect, the course demands accurate hitting and shot-shaping with a premium on course-management where the wind swirls through the trees, bringing strategic bunkering and water hazards into play.

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Memorial Tournament? Thunderstorms expected during Thursday's opening round which could cause delays and soften the course for the remaining rounds lowering overall scores. Mostly sunny through rounds two and three with cloud cover expected during the final round. Temperatures consistently around 20c throughout the week.

THE HISTORY

Testament to Nicklaus’ course design, the lowest ever winning total stands at 20 under par (set in 1994) and only twice since then has anyone come within one stroke of matching the score, demonstrating the course's perfect blend of spectator entertainment and maximum drama. This is verified with four playoffs in a five-year span from 2014 with the average winning margin of just 1.2 strokes since 2009.

THE FAVOURITES

Matt Kuchar

The current FedEx cup leader heads to the Memorial Tournament in his ever-impressive consistent form at a course he has performed very strongly around in recent years. With an average finishing result of 12th here since 2015 coupled with an average finish of 10th from his last four PGA Tour starts – including two major championships – Kuchar will be expecting to be in contention to win another Memorial title, adding to his 2013 victory. Ranked eight in SG: total tells you exactly where his all-round game is at, therefore it will be just a matter of putting himself in position heading into the back-nine on Sunday.

Tony Finau

Having undertaken some recent swing changes, the super-talented American is already showing promising signs with a runner-up finish at last week's Charles Schwab Challenge – his highest finish of the season thus far. With an average finish of 18th place in the Memorial from his previous four starts, he’ll be heading to Jack’s place with the confidence that he can claim his second PGA Tour victory. Ranked 139th SG: around the green will be the one area of his game that will need to be on point this week if he is to contend though with thick rough often surrounding the quick greens making missing in the correct spots paramount.

THE OUTSIDERS

Justin Thomas

The world number six makes his return from a six-week injury lay-off in which he missed the second major of the season. Remarkably, Thomas is still ranked 13th in the FedEx cup, showing how strong his performances were during the beginning of the year and he’ll be looking to get straight back into the swing of things in a tournament that has yielded back-to-back top tens from his previous two starts. Having not claimed a victory this season, the break may have given him the mental time off to come back refreshed and ready to go on a strong run during the main part of the season. Ranked third SG: total shows why the young American is a superstar and it will be just a matter of if his game is tournament sharp as to whether he contends this week.

Rickie Fowler

Fowler heads to the Memorial on the back of his first missed cut of the season where he has recorded seven top 25 finishes to date. Muirfield is a course that perfectly suits his game and with a runner-up finish here in both 2010 and 2017, it is a layout that he will feel somewhat owes him. As another player who ranks highly (15th) in strokes-gained: total, it displays he has the game and course-form to contend again this week and with missing the cut last week, maybe it could be the driving force needed to go up a gear again.

Kyle Stanley

Stanley heads to Muirfield Village having recorded his highest finish and first top ten of the season in a recent outing. Although form has been inconsistent this season, six top 25 finishes so far suggest he is getting the most from what his game is offering at present. He ranks outside the top 100 in all major SG: statistics, showing that if he is to discover some good form, he has the mental aptitude to put himself in position. Furthermore, he has finished inside the top six during his past two starts here which could be the catalyst for him to build on his T8 at the Wells Fargo Championship just two starts ago.

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