The field consists of 120 players invited using the criteria mentioned below:
- Memorial Winners in the last five years or prior to 1997
- The Players Championship and Major Championship winners in the last five years
- The Tour Championship, World Golf Championships, and Arnold Palmer Invitational winners in the past three years.
- Tournament winners in the past year
- Members of last named U.S. Ryder Cup team, European Ryder Cup team, U.S. Presidents Cup team, and International Presidents Cup team (non-PGA Tour members qualifying in this category count against unrestricted sponsor exemptions)
- Prior U.S. Amateur winner
- Prior year British Amateur winner
- Up to four players selected by the tournament from among the money leaders from the other five Federation tours
- 14 sponsors exemptions-2 from among graduates of the Web.com Tour Finals, 6 members not otherwise exempt, and 6 unrestricted
- Top 50 Official World Golf Ranking as of theFriday before the tournament
- Top 70 from prior year’s FedEx Cup points list
- PGA Tour members whose non-member FedEx Cup points the previous season (excluding WGCs) would have placed them in the top 70
- Top 70 from current year’s FedEx Cup points list as of the Friday before the tournament
- Prior year college player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Award)
- Remaining positions filled alternating from current year’s and prior year’s FedEx Cup points lists.
Facts and Figures:
- 1976: Roger Maltbie wins the inaugural Memorial Tournament in a playoff, defeating Hale Irwin with a birdie on the fourth extra hole. The playoff was a three-hole aggregate, the first of its kind. Irwin and Maltbie halved the first two extra holes, so it effectively became sudden death for the third hole. Maltbie’s errant approach shot appeared headed for the gallery when it hit a stake, causing the ball to bounce onto the green, where both parred to halve the hole.
- 1977: Poor weather results in a Monday finish for the tournament. Host Jack Nicklaus wins by two shots over Hubert Green.
- 1980: Tom Watson‘s bid to become the first Memorial champion to defend his title is foiled when David Graham birdies the 72nd hole to edge Watson by one shot.
- 1984: Jack Nicklaus defeats Andy Bean in a sudden-death playoff to become the first two-time Memorial winner.
- 1988: On his way to winning PGA Player of the Year, Curtis Strange wins the Memorial by two shots over David Frost and Irwin.
- 1991: Kenny Perry wins for the first time ever on the PGA Tour, defeating Irwin on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
- 1993: Paul Azinger birdies the 72nd hole by holing out from a bunker and finishes one shot ahead of Corey Pavin.
- 1994: Tom Lehman shoots a tournament record 268 (-20) for 72 holes on his way to a five-shot victory over Greg Norman.
- 2000: Tiger Woods becomes the first Memorial winner to successfully defend his title and finishes five shots ahead of Ernie Els.
- 2001: Woods wins for a third consecutive year, seven shots clear of runners-up Paul Azinger and Sergio Garcia.
- 2005: Bart Bryant saves par from a hazard on the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Fred Couples.
- 2007: K.J. Choi shoots a final round 65 to win by one shot over Ryan Moore.
- 2012: Woods birdies three of his last four holes including a chip in on the 16th hole, turning a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory. The win is Woods’ 73rd PGA Tour victory, tying Jack Nicklaus for second most PGA Tour wins.
- 2013: Defending champion Woods posts the third round back nine scores of 44, the worst in his career. He finished 20 shots behind winner Matt Kuchar.
- 2014: Hideki Matsuyama wins in a playoff against Kevin Na. He was the first Japanese PGA Tour winner since 2008.
- 2015: In the third round, Tiger Woods shoots an 85, the worst round of his professional career. Three-time winner Kenny Perry played his last PGA Tour event.
- 2016: After years of toiling in mini-tours and three runner-up PGA Tour finishes, William McGirt earned his first win after 165 starts.
We will keep you posted on all the happenings at the Memorial this coming weekend.