the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday

the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday

Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Marc Leishman, Mito Pereira and 2018 Memorial champion Bryson DeChambeau will be among the notables reviewed in Draws and Fades.

When considering the Muirfield Village challenge over time, it’s always been a progressive experience to aim for, but it’s not as straightforward as classifying it as a second-hit track.

While Nicklaus conceded room to miss the tee, the course clocks in at 7,533 yards, so muscle is rewarded. (Total distance is down 10 yards as the par-5 seventh hole will play no more than 582 yards this week.) hole is required.

Still, the 120 entrants in this limited-field invite must step up and hit golf shots on the approach. The bentgrass greens average just 5,000 square feet and are the smoothest surfaces outside of Augusta National Golf Club boundaries every year. On second thought, that’s not true, at least it wasn’t last year.

Muirfield Village’s new greens ran 12 feet on the Stimpmeter last year. This is a common expectation on most courses used by the PGA TOUR, but they were noticeably slower compared to pre-redesign when readings of 13 feet and beyond were collected. As a result, three-putt avoidance was at an all-time low of 1.52%, third-lowest among 51 runs in the superseason. (The previous course record was 2.21% in 1998. The stat has been recorded in earnest since 1992.) This dropped the average putts per round from exactly 1.00 (to 27.99), and the conversion percentage inside 10 feet climbed in concert, but most of the other familiar metrics to define how it happened were consistent with history.

The learning curve of the new greens served as a counterweight. That is, the putts per green in regulation and the average distance of putts converted historically will not reflect the changes. But now, with an extra year to mature and with terms of cooperation, the governor can be lifted.

After a heat wave in early summer, a front bringing rain and cooler air will make its way to the region mid-week. The end of that will be gone on Thursday, so the turf should be receptive for the first round. Dry weather is expected thereafter, daytime highs may not reach 80 degrees and wind should not be an issue.

Under the new standard, the winner will receive 550 FedExCup points, a three-season membership exemption (or a one-year extension to a maximum of five seasons), and a three-year exemption for THE PLAYERS Championship.

ROB BOLTON’S CALENDAR’s Rob Bolton recaps and previews each tournament from many angles. Look for his following contributions as expected.

MONDAY: Power ratings
TUESDAY*: Sleepers, draws and fades
WEDNESDAY: Preview of Pick ‘Em
: Medical extensions, Qualifications, Reorganization, Ranking of recruits

* – Rob is a member of PGATOUR.COM’s Expert Picks panel for PGA TOUR Fantasy Golf, which also publishes on Tuesday.

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