Did you know that the Memorial Tournament annually builds 120,000 square feet of temporary tent structures and 1,553 temporary grandstand seats for Tournament week?
Southpaw... A left-handed player has never won the Memorial Tournament. Mike Weir came the closest in 2008 when he finished in a four-way tie for 2nd place.
Did you know that a gallery stake played a pivotal role in the outcome of the inaugural Memorial Tournament? Eventual winner, Roger Maltbie’s approach shot on the third playoff hole hit a gallery stake and bounced onto the green. The shot allowed Maltbie to extend the playoff with Hale Irwin to the 18th hole where Maltbie won the Tournament with a birdie.
A longtime to wait... Of the six multiple winner of the Memorial Tournament, Tom Watson went the longest between victories. His first Memorial title came in 1979, his second 17 years later in 1996.
Age old question... Did you know that Sergio Garcia is the youngest player to make the cut at the Memorial Tournament? It was in 1999 and he was 19 years, 4 months and 28 days old. In 2004 Jack Nicklaus became the oldest player to make the cut at 64 years, 4 months and 16 days old.
Did you know that the Memorial Tournament has winners from seven different countries outside of the United States?
Greg Norman (Australia)
Vijay Singh (Fiji)
Ernie Els (South Africa)
Carl Pettersson (Sweden)
K.J. Choi (South Korea)
Justin Rose (England)
Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
Major fact... Memorial Tournament winners have captured a total of 67 combined major championships to date.
Dollars and cents... The total purse for the inaugural Memorial Tournament in 1976 was $200,000. In 2017 the prize money will be $8.5 million and the winner will receive $1,530,000.
Did you know that Muirfield Village Golf Club’s course record was set during the second round of the 1996 Memorial Tournament when John Huston shot an 11-under-par 61?
Twice as sweet...Jack Nicklaus fittingly became the first two-time winner of the Memorial Tournament 1984. His first Memorial title came in the Tournament’s second playing in 1977.