the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
May 29 - June 4
(May 27 – June 4, 2017 – Muirfield Village Golf Club)
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 golf legend Jack Nicklaus, is an official stop on the PGA TOUR and annually welcomes the best players from around the globe to compete at world-renown Muirfield Village Golf Club. Past winners of the Memorial Tournament account for 67 major championship victories, including such iconic names in the sport as Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Greg Norman, Paul Azinger, Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods.
The Memorial 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 Health Care Foundation, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and numerous other local organizations. 2016 marks the 41st playing of the Memorial Tournament!
Muirfield Village Golf Club was the dream and work of Nicklaus. The land was acquired in 1966, but construction did not begin until July 28, 1972. The golf course is situated on 220 acres, which includes an 11-acre driving range. Designed by Nicklaus with early collaboration from Desmond Muirhead, the course was officially dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27, 1974, with an exhibition match between Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Nicklaus carded a six-under-par 66, which stood as the course record until 1979. John Huston’s 11-under 61 during round two of the 1996 Memorial Tournament is the current course record. The 18-hole layout played at 6,978 yards in its original form, but is now 7,354.
For 40 years, Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament have been committed to giving back to central Ohio and points beyond. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Tournament is passed on to Central Ohio charities, principally Nationwide Children’s Hospital through an alliance with the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The total contributions to date have surpassed the $26 million mark, with over $14 million going to Nationwide Children’s.