May 27, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Matt Kuchar won last year's Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
A strong field is gathered at Jack's Place for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Matt Kuchar is the defending champion, while world No. 1 Adam Scott is coming off last week's victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Rory McIlroy also is at Muirfield Village after winning his first title of 2014 at last week's BMW PGA Championship. Click here for tee times. Here's a look at this week's star-studded featured groups.
Bubba Watson-Keegan Bradley-Jim Furyk -- 8:15 a.m. Eastern, 10th tee on Thursday; 1:05 p.m. Eastern, 1st tee on Friday: Watson, the two-time Masters champion, has never finished better than 23rd in eight Memorial appearances. Watson is No. 2 in the FedExCup. Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, is seeking his first win of the year, but is 29th in the FedExCup; he's never finished better than 50th in three Memorial appearances. Furyk, who's 11th in the FedExCup, won the 2002 Memorial.
Matt Kuchar-Justin Rose-Steve Stricker -- 8:26 a.m. Eastern, 10th tee on Thursday; 1:16 p.m. Eastern, 1st tee on Friday: The three most recent Memorial champions in the field are in this group. Kuchar won last year, and was second in his previous appearance (2011); he's finished in the top 10 in his past five Memorial appearances. Rose won his first PGA TOUR title here in 2010; he's finished eighth in his past two Memorial appearances. Stricker won the 2011 Memorial, his only top-10 in this event. Tiger Woods, the 2012 Memorial champion, is still out because of injury.
Phil Mickelson-Jordan Spieth-Bill Haas -- 1:05 p.m. Eastern, 1st tee on Thursday; 8:15 a.m. Eastern, 10th tee on Friday: Phil Mickelson, who has just three top-10s in 13 Memorial starts, is making his first appearance since withdrawing in 2012 after a first-round 79. Spieth finished 63rd last year, rebounding from a third-round 82 with a 68. Haas finished fourth at last year's Memorial.
Adam Scott-Jason Day-Rory McIlroy -- 1:16 p.m. Eastern, 1st tee on Thursday; 8:26 a.m. Eastern, 10th tee on Friday: Scott and McIlroy are coming off wins last week. Scott won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in his first week as the world's top-ranked player. McIlroy won the BMW PGA Championship for his first victory of 2014. Day is a member at host Muirfield Village; he's making his first appearance since his 20th-place finish at the Masters.