Memorial tournament again attracts a quality field

Tue May 27, 2014 7:56pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Very few of the game's top players are absent from this week's Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio where the leafy Muirfield Village layout is always in immaculate condition and the PGA Tour event has the feeling of a major.

Hosted annually by golfing great Jack Nicklaus and benefiting from a prime spot in the tour schedule just two weeks before the U.S. Open, the Memorial repeatedly attracts one of the best fields on the U.S. circuit.

Seven of the world's top 10 players will be competing this week where second-ranked Henrik Stenson, third-ranked Tiger Woods (still recovering from back surgery) and Sergio Garcia (eighth) are the notable absentees.

"I love this place," American world number five and Masters champion Bubba Watson, told reporters on Tuesday while preparing for Thursday's opening round.

"It's one of those places where you always see a great field and it's a good golf course. I love the look of it. I've ever played very well here but I love coming back and challenging myself.

"Hopefully now that I am playing a lot better, and thinking my way round a bit better, that will show on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully I'm here Sunday afternoon," Watson smiled, referring to his prospects of making the cut after the second round.


Though the American left-hander does not boast an impressive track record at Muirfield Village, he has produced excellent form so far this season with six top-10s in 10 starts, including his second victory at the Masters last month.   Continued...

Mar 9, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Tiger Woods tees off from the 4th hole during the final round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports