Dublin, Ohio – Officials of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced today that the Tournament has accepted the commitment of Jordan Spieth, one of the best young players in professional golf and newly minted Masters champion, to compete in the 40th edition of the Memorial June 1-7 at world-renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.
The Memorial has also accepted the commitment of seven-time PGA TOUR winner and 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose, who won the 2010 Memorial Tournament.
"I am delighted that Jordan and Justin are going to be part of a Memorial field that is shaping up to once again be among the strongest in golf,” said Memorial Tournament founder and host Jack Nicklaus. “Justin is one of today's stars of the game, and we are proud that he is a past winner of the Memorial Tournament. He has become a great ambassador for his country and the game of golf.”
"As I told Jordan after his Masters win, his victory at Augusta National was one of the more incredible performances I have seen. Jordan, at age 21, is mature beyond his years, as both a player and person. He has shown remarkable consistency, with 24 top-10 finishes in just three years on Tour. Jordan handles himself tremendously on and off the golf course, and is a wonderful representative of our game today and for many years to come."
Spieth burst onto the PGA TOUR in 2013 and recorded one of the top rookie performances in TOUR history, culminating with a selection to the U.S. Presidents Cup Team at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The 21-year-old Texas native recorded nine top-10 finishes during his rookie campaign, including his first-career PGA TOUR victory at the John Deere Classic. Spieth continued his inspired play last season, posting runner up finishes at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters Tournament for a total of eight top-10 outings. Spieth has elevated his play to new heights in the 2014-2015 season, recording his second career PGA TOUR victory at the Valspar Championship and first major championship title at last month’s Masters Tournament. He has posted two second place finishes to go with those victories and has a total of seven top-10s to date. Spieth currently sits a career-high No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 1 in FedExCup standings and scoring average at 69.252. He also sits atop the current money list with more than $5.1 million to go with career earnings of $13,396,387.
This will be Spieth’s third straight Memorial Tournament appearance. He finished inside the top-20 for the first time last year when he tied for 19th, improving his Tournament scoring average to 72.25 and increasing his earnings to $78,443.78.
Rose, 34, will make his 11th start at this year’s Memorial, where he is ranked fifth on the Tournament’s career money list with $2,198,620, and ninth in scoring average with 71.24. Rose recorded his fifth top-10 finish, a T-8, at Muirfield Village Golf Club in 2013 but failed to make the cut last year after opening rounds of 73-72. A resident of London, England, Rose has recorded seven career PGA TOUR victories, his most recent win coming last month at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He has posted two top-10 finishes in the 2014-15 season, adding a runner-up effort to Spieth at the Masters. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the Official World Golf ranking and No. 15 in FedExCup points to go with career PGA TOUR earnings of $31,542,356.
In other Tournament news, badges for the Golden Bear Club have officially sold out for the second consecutive year. Fans that purchased the upgraded badge will have access to a menu of items for purchase catered by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, a cash bar, television viewing, private restrooms, scoring terminals and open seating in a sports bar atmosphere.
The Golden Bear Club is located within the Patron Village in the heart of Tournament play between Hole No. 10 fairway and No. 14 green. Patron Village includes an area that is open to the public featuring upgraded food and beverage options, open patio seating and more.
The public can call the Tournament Ticket Office 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 877-MT BADGE (877-682-2343) or visit http://www.memorialbadges.com to purchase badges. Weekly Patron badges, which are valid Monday through Sunday and provide access to the Tournament grounds, are available for $173 each. Youth 16 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult, and kids 18 and under are admitted free on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, for Junior Golf Day. Daily practice round tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are also available. The cost is $35 and they are valid for all three practice-round days.
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About the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The Tournament, founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world’s best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital and numerous other local organizations. For more information, visit www.thememorialtournament.com or call 614-889-6700.
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