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30th May 2017 | 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 ten champions:

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

Top-60 on tour for scoring average
Of the last ten winners, only two ranked outside the top-20 on tour for adjusted scoring average. (William McGirt & David Lingmerth).

Top-60 on tour for strokes gained tee-to-green
The last ten 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:
Adam Hadwin
Brendan Steele
Cameron Smith
Dustin Johnson
Gary Woodland
Hideki Matsuyama
Jason Day
Jon Rahm
Jordan Spieth
Justin Rose
Justin Thomas
Kyle Stanley
Lucas Glover
Luke List
Marc Leishman
Ollie Schniederjans
Pat Perez
Phil Mickelson
Rickie Fowler
Sean O’Hair
Stewart Cink
Sung Kang
Tony Finau

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