Dublin, Ohio – At 6:25 p.m. EDT Tournament officials announced the final playing field for the 2018 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. The contingent of 120 players is led by World No. 1 Justin Thomas, 2017 Memorial Tournament winner Jason Dufner and five-time winner and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods.
The 2018 Memorial Tournament begins Monday, May 28 at Muirfield Village Golf Club. This is the 43rd edition of the prestigious invitational Jack Nicklaus started in 1976.
In addition to Thomas, the list of top-10 players in the world rankings includes No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 3 Jordan Spieth, No. 5 Justin Rose (2010 Memorial winner), No. 6 Rickie Fowler, No. 7 Jason Day, No. 8 Rory McIlroy and No. 9 Hideki Matsuyama (2014 Memorial winner). The 2018 field also boasts the top 5 in the FedExCup standings: Thomas, No. 2 Day, No. 3 Phil Mickelson, No. 4 Patton Kizzire and No. 5 Patrick Reed, the reigning Masters champion.
One of the strongest fields of the year has created even higher interest in this year’s Tournament, leading to a sellout of both Golden Bear Club and Pavilion tickets.
“We’re looking forward to a special week,” said Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus. “The Memorial Tournament has virtually every great player in the game today in this year’s field. Plus, we’re looking forward to hosting 13 of our past winners, including defending winner Jason Dufner. And we are delighted to welcome back five-time winner Tiger Woods and three-time winner Kenny Perry.”
“We are gratified to see so many of the game’s top players coming to Muirfield Village Golf Club and supporting not only a special Tournament but also our charitable endeavors,” said Dan Sullivan, executive director of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. “This year’s field, one of our best, is a testament to the vision and commitment to excellence of our Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus, whose mission has been to put on the best golf event in the world. In addition to many of the top players in the world, a field that includes the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Patrick Reed and major winners like Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson and Zach Johnson is one that we’re proud to have, and, furthermore, pleased to host on behalf of our patrons.”
The list of past Memorial winners includes not only Dufner, Woods, Perry, Rose and Matsuyama, but also K.J. Choi, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk (who is serving as U.S. Ryder Cup captain this fall in Paris), Matt Kuchar, David Lingmerth, William McGirt, Carl Pettersson and Vijay Singh.
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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