2018 tournament overview
DeChambeau won against a field that included eight of the top 10 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Field: 120 players Format: 72 holes stroke play Purse: $8.9 million Winner’s Share: $1,602,000 FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner Winner Exemption: 3 years
The Tournament’s primary beneficiary is Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and its Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Tournament has an alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and also contributes to numerous other local organizations, donating a total of more than $31 million since 1976.
X At 24 years, 8 months and 18 days, DeChambeau became the fourth youngest winner of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. Hideki Matsuyama was 22 years, 3 months and 7 days when he won in 2014, and Tiger Woods was younger in 1999 and 2000. X Patrick Cantlay aced the eighth hole in the third round and ultimately finished one stroke out of a playoff. If he had won, he would have
joined Kenny Perry (1991), Jim Furyk (2002) and Steve Stricker (2011) as players making a hole-in-one on the way to a Memorial victory since 1983. X For the third time in four years, the winning score was 15-under 273. David Lingmerth (2015) and William McGirt (2016) also posted that total while Jason Dufner won at 275 in 2017.
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Patrick Cantlay was fourth, one stroke out of a playoff, and had an ace on the eighth hole in the third round.
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Tournament host Jack Nicklaus congratulated Bryson DeChambeau after the 24-year-old became the fourth youngest winner of the event.
Renovations over the past decade have made the finishing stretch one of the most arduous in golf. The par-3 16th was redesigned with a pond guarding the front and left of the green, the long par-4 17th was given new fairway bunkers and a new tee was built on the dogleg right par-4 18th stretching it to 484 yards.
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Special venues open to all include The Patio at Patron Village with a golf experience called the “Bunker Challenge” and many food and beverage options; Adirondack chairside wait service at the Hill on No. 12; Pub 18 and the Champions Pavilion, an open-air venue featuring TVs, food and beverage service and plenty of seating. The 19th Hole, located just outside the sixth tee entrance, is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with live music Wednesday to Saturday. PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2018, Part 2