The Major starter at the Memorial Tournament

In a week, it will be the US Open, but this weekend marks the historic Memorial Tournament presented by Workday

by Andrea Gussoni
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The Major starter at the Memorial Tournament
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In a week, it will be the US Open, but this weekend marks the historic Memorial Tournament presented by Workday. The PGA Tour returns to the iconic Muirfield Village Golf Club, an incredible course designed by champion Jack Nicklaus, for the seventh Signature Event of the season.

This type of tournament has become routine, with a restricted field and a $20 million prize purse, no cuts, and guaranteed excitement with all the world's best players in action.

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When you say Muirfield, you say history.

The course has been on the PGA Tour calendar since 1976, just two years after its opening. Always considered one of the toughest tests of the season (last year, only 15 players finished under par), golfers will once again have to bring out their best to tame it this year.

Nicklaus, however, has made adjustments to the challenging 16th par 3, where only 21 birdies were made in the previous edition, moving the tee 30 meters to the right of the players, keeping the pond more out of play, and also removing the bunker on the front right of the green.

Viktor Hovland defends his title, having beaten Denny McCarthy in a playoff last year, with the Norwegian aiming to become the first to win this tournament back-to-back since Tiger Woods. Xander Schauffele returns to action for the first time since winning the PGA Championship at Valhalla, and he's one of the 10 players from the top 11 in the world rankings (currently occupying the 2nd position).

Only absent is Spanish player Jon Rahm, who is gradually slipping down the rankings after choosing to play on the LIV at the beginning of this season. After a week's break, the undisputed king of the OWGR, Scottie Scheffler, also returns to the field.

Scheffler has only finished outside the top 10 once this season. His recent form in the last seven starts is impressive: 1-1-T2-1-1-T8-T2. It's almost an anomaly for him not to win the last two tournaments, especially since he finished second here last year and is determined to win this year.

He'll also be challenged by Rory McIlroy, who has been playing a lot lately and is coming off a fourth-place finish at the RBC Canadian Open. In the 72-player field is Patrick Cantlay, who feels incredibly comfortable here.

The American won this title in 2019 and 2021, the best years of his career, and he's aiming for a hat-trick. As for TV coverage in Italy, it will be provided by Discovery+ and Eurosport, broadcasting all four rounds until the crowning of the new champion.

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