29th May 2018 | The Memorial Tournament

The Memorial Tournament Trends

The Memorial Tournament

We look at the trends needed to win the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

This week the PGA Tour drops into Jack Nicklaus’ home town for his Memorial Tournament. Played at the Muirfield Village Golf Club the course is never usually kind to rookies, although Hideki Matsuyama broke the hoodoo with a win on his first visit in 2014.

Here are the trends needed to win the Memorial based on the last eleven champions:

Top-60 for par-5 scoring
With four par 5s measuring between 527 and 567 yards it is obvious where the birdies are most achievable. Nine of the last eleven winners ranked in the top-60 on tour for par 5 scoring.

Top-60 on tour for scoring average
Of the last eleven winners, only two ranked outside the top-40 on tour for adjusted scoring average. (William McGirt & David Lingmerth).

Top-60 on tour for strokes gained tee-to-green
The last eleven winners ranked inside the top-60 for strokes gained tee-to-green, with eight champions ranked inside the top-20.

Top-60 on tour for birdie average
The average winning score over the last five years has been 14-under, with past champions all being prolific birdie makers.

Players that fit all four trends:
Aaron Wise
Branden Grace
Bryson DeChambeau
Bubba Watson
Byeong Hun An
Chesson Hadley
Dustin Johnson
Henrik Stenson
Jason Day
Jason Kokrak
Jordan Spieth
Justin Rose
Justin Thomas
Luke List
Marc Leishman
Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Reed
Phil Mickelson
Rickie Fowler
Rory McIlroy
Tony Finau
Zach Johnson

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Odds correct at time of publishing: 08:02 29th May, 2018 but subject to change

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