|Memorial Tournament - May 30, 2006
THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Muirfield Village GC
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,300
Purse: $5,750,000Winner: $1,035,000
2005 Champion: Bart Bryant (272, -16)
- In the 30-year history of the Memorial Tournament only eight times has a player managed to record four rounds in the 60s. They include Bart Bryant (2005), Tiger Woods (2001), Fred Couples (1998 and 2004), Steve Elkington (1995), Tom Lehman (1994), Paul Azinger (1993) and Hal Sutton (1986).
- With his tie-for-third finish and $286,000 paycheck last year, Tiger Woods remained the top money winner at the Memorial Tournament, with a total of $2,670,148. Fred Couples jumped from fifth on the list to second after his second-place finish, with $1,868,000. Here is a list of players who have earned more than $1 million at the Memorial Tournament:
Rank Player Amount
1. Tiger Woods $2,670,148
2. Fred Couples 1,868,000
3. Kenny Perry 1,664,542
4. Ernie Els 1,661,366
5. Jim Furyk 1,347,853
6. Vijay Singh 1,330,221
- There have been four playoffs in 21 stroke-play events this year on the PGA TOUR. In the 30-year history of the Memorial Tournament, there have been four playoffs. After posting a final-round, 4-over-par 76, Roger Maltbie went extra holes to edge Hale Irwin at the inaugural event in 1976. Jack Nicklaus defeated Andy Bean in the next playoff in 1984. Kenny Perry topped Irwin on the first extra hole in 1991 and, in the process, earned his first PGA TOUR title. The following year, David Edwards went two holes to defeat Rick Fehr in the most recent playoff.
- Only one player has achieved what defending champion Bart Bryant is looking to accomplish: win back-to-back titles at the Memorial Tournament. Tiger Woods not only went back to back in Dublin, but he won three consecutive times (2000-2002), Three players have successfully defended four titles this year: Stuart Appleby (Mercedes Championships) and Tiger Woods (Buick Invitational, Ford Championship at Doral) and Phil Mickelson (BellSouth Classic).
- Kenny Perry’s 275 total in 2003 was the highest 72-hole winning total at the Memorial Tournament since Bob Tway won the 1989 event with a 277 total.
- John Cook’s T3 last week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic was his best finish on TOUR since a T2 at the 2002 Memorial Tournament.
- Rookie Kris Cox made a huge leap last week. After missing the cut in nine of his first 11 starts, Cox finished a career-best T3 in Memphis to jump from 202nd on the money list to 116th.
- Another rookie, Daisuke Maruyama, had his best finish to date last week as well. His T5 was his fifth consecutive cut made on TOUR.
- Jay Haas enters this week with 589 career cuts made on the PGA TOUR. If he makes the cut at the Memorial Tournament, he will tie the record for career cuts made on TOUR, currently held by Tom Kite.
- The last seven events on the TOUR have been won by Nationwide Tour grads. The streak began with Aaron Baddeley and now includes Stuart Appleby, Chris Couch, Jim Furyk, Brett Wetterich, Tim Herron and Jeff Maggert. Former Nationwide Tour players have won 13 of the first 22 events this season.
- Look out for Fred Couples this week. The veteran has finished in
solo second at the Memorial Tournament in each of the past two seasons. He also won at Muirfield Village back in 1998.
- Jay Haas has now won three consecutive Champions Tour starts making him the second player this season to do so. Loren Roberts won the first three events of the season. Haas will be in action on the PGA TOUR this week, competing at the Memorial Tournament.
- Dana Quigley, the 2005 Champions Tour Player of the Year, has
struggled with health issues this season, but looked to be close to his old form this past week when he finished in fourth place at the Senior PGA Championship. It was his first Top-10 of the season after posting 15 last year.
- Loren Roberts now has 14 Top-10 finishes in his first 15 career
starts on the Champions Tour. His lone miss wasn’t by much —he finished T11 at the 2005 Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
- Rookie Tommy Nakajima of Japan must find something pleasing about Oklahoma. He finished in a Champions Tour career-best sixth at last week’s Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree after finishing third at the same course at the 1988 PGA Championship.
- Jay Delsing has been playing some pretty good golf lately. He
finished T5 at the recent Rheem Classic on the Nationwide Tour and then came back last week with a T5 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It was his best PGA TOUR finish since a T3 at the 1999 Buick Championship.
- Another Nationwide Tour player looking to make a splash on the PGA TOUR is Kevin Stadler. The son of the Walrus will be competing this week at the Memorial Tournament on a sponsor exemption.
- Eric Axley won the 2005 Rex Hospital Open and will be back this week looking to defend his crown. No player has ever successfully defended a title on the Nationwide Tour in its first 17 seasons.
- The Class of 2005 continues to impress on the PGA TOUR. Half of the 20 graduates are among the Top 125 on the PGA TOUR this year, including three among the Top 40.