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the Memorial Tournament Honorees

The Memorial Tournament is themed each year around a person, living or dead, who has contributed to the game of golf. This was Jack Nicklaus' idea as a contribution to perpetuating achievements of the game's greatest individuals. The honoree is selected by the Captains Club, a group of statesmen who act independently of the tournament organization, but who also advise on player invitations and the conduct of the event generally.

Members of the Captains Club

Peter Alliss
Judy Bell
Peggy Kirk Bell
Sir Michael Bonallack
O. Gordon Brewer, Jr.
The Honorable George H.W. Bush
Sir Sean Connery
Dr. Trey Holland 
Tony Jacklin
Ken Lindsay
H. Colin Maclaine
Charles S. Mechem, Jr.
Will F. Nicholson, Jr.
Barbara Nicklaus 
Andy North 
Hisamitsu Ohnishi
Arnold Palmer
Gary Player
Judy Rankin 
Johann Rupert 
Carol Semple Thompson
Tom Watson