Memorial a home game only by location for Jason Day

Dustin Johnson plays a shot on the 17th hole during the final round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club

Dustin Johnson plays a shot on the 17th hole during the final round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club

The 2017 Memorial Tournament will be held on May 29th to June 4th at the Muirfield Village Golf Club, located in Dublin, OH.

He's had dinners with Jack Nicklaus and watched every great golfer of the past half century play the game he loves. He uses those long drives and grueling summers to fuel a continued desire to enjoy the glamour of the PGA Tour, akin to a Triple-A baseball player who doesn't want life in the big leagues to end. The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, designed by Dye, is often credited with introducing the concept of stadium golf, but Muirfield Village predates TPC Sawgrass by two years. Slick, rolling bentgrass greens that stimp in excess of 12.5 are always hard to navigate.

A field of 156 will be teeing off at Point Grey Golf & Country Club in what will be the first of 12 72-hole events in several Canadian provinces through September. The top 10 players in the standings on September 4 will automatically qualify for the team that will play for Captain Steve Stricker at Liberty National Golf Club from September 26 to October 1.

By saying that, Nicklaus ignored the tournaments before and after his own - Colonial last week, which dates to 1946 and is a shrine to Ben Hogan; the FedEx St. Jude Classic, sponsored by the same company shelling out all that money for the FedEx Cup. He will now go into the US Open without any tournament preparation. And when you sit down here today, and for him to say what he said to me about my speech was, again, one of those moments where I wanted to deliver a speech that didn't have notes.

Stay away from BK. Koepka has failed to break 70 in five of his last eight tournament rounds.

The Memorial Tournament is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour and consequently it has a reduced field of 120 players as opposed to most full-field open tournaments of 156 players. Drop down to Kuchar ($9,400), Reed ($9,200), or Fowler ($8,900) instead.

Johnson shot a 6-over 78 Thursday, marking his worst round since a 7-over 77 in the first round of last year's PGA Championship at Baltusrol.

At season's end, the leading money victor will be recognized as the Order of Merit victor and will be fully exempt on the Web.com Tour - one rung below the PGA Tour - for the following season.

Not only where the last three Memorial champions first-time winners, they all won in playoffs - Hideki Matsuyama over Kevin Na in 2014, David Lingmerth over Justin Rose in 2015, and William McGirt over Jon Curran a year ago.

The victory served as a launching pad for McGirt, who proceeded to earn his first top-10 finish in a major at the PGA Championship last August in New Jersey and followed with a top-25 finish in his Masters debut this season.

Birdies are the name of the game in GPPs.

Scott said he has carried a lot of confidence from THE PLAYERS top-10 finish in trying conditions, he said there wasn't too much to work on in his short break leading up to this week. The course should test him a bit, but given his play this year, he should pass with flying colors. Even in this strong field, Vegas has him at 6-1 while no other golfer is better than 11-1. He did not record a birdie. We had a ton of injuries and I played through it. He arrives having finished 30th-or-better in five of his last seven starts. A quality player from tee to green here, folks. 16th in strokes gained: total.

With three top-10 finishes this season, McGirt is hoping for a similar run down the stretch as he prepares for his second appearance in the U.S. Open, which begins in two weeks at Erin Hills. Arizona State product won Jack Nicklaus Award a year ago.

Jason Day ($10,300) - Day finally looked in form at the Byron Nelson two weeks ago, losing in a playoff to Billy Horschel.

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