Who’s feeling comfortable at Muirfield Village?
June 02, 2015
By Staff , PGATOUR.COM
- June 02, 2015
- Tiger Woods has won five times at Muirfield Village. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
MOST COMFORTABLE: Tiger Woods
Muirfield Village is one of those handful of courses at which Tiger has dominated in his career.
Woods has made 14 starts at Muirfield Village, winning five times, most recently in 2012. In addition, he has three other top-5 finishes and has never missed the cut.
“It’s interesting – I think I’ve always played Nicklaus courses well,” Woods said in his last visit to Muirfield Village in 2013 (he did not play last year). “Look at my career, I generally have really played his courses well. I’ve won on quite a few, whether it was junior golf, college and now professional golf.
“For some reason, I just feel comfortable on his golf courses, the way he sets it up. There is ample room off the tees. The greens are really severe. If you miss the greens, it tests your short game. Those are the things that I think I do well.”
Other players comfortable at Muirfield Village:
Jim Furyk: The winner in 2002, he’s made the cut in 16 of 17 starts, with six top-10s
Justin Rose: Half of his 10 career starts here have resulted in top-10 finishes, including a win in 2010.
Matt Kuchar: In his last seven starts at Muirfield Village, he’s never finished lower than T-15, with a win in 2013.
GETTING COMFORTABLE: Bill Haas
In his first seven starts, Haas’ best finish was a tie for 30th, and he missed the cut twice.
But in 2013, he held the 36-hole lead and eventually tied for fourth. Last year, he shot a final-round 68 to backdoor into another top-10, tying for eighth.
OTHER SIGNS OF COMFORT
Success factor: Previous winners of the Memorial in this week’s field include Hideki Matsuyama (2014), Matt Kuchar (2013), Tiger Woods (2012, 2009, 1999-2001), Steve Stricker (2011), Justin Rose (2010), Kenny Perry (2008, 2003, 1991), K.J. Choi (2007), Carl Pettersson (2006), Ernie Els (2004), Jim Furyk (2002) and Vijay Singh (1997).
Familiarity factor: Ernie Els and Stewart Cink are each making their 19th starts at Muirfield Village, most of any players in the field. Cink has missed only one cut; Els has missed just two and he won here in 2004.
Hometown factor: Ben Curtis was born in Columbus and still lives in Ohio. He’s made 12 starts in his hometown event, with his best finish coming last year in a tie for sixth. Jason Day is from Australia, but he can claim local status, as he now lives in Columbus with his family.
Players whose recent results at the Memorial are trending up:
Player 2012 2013 2014
Charl Schwartzel T19 T8 T8 Ben Curtis MC T41 T6 Keegan Bradley MC T50 T37 Jordan Spieth DNP T63
T19 Billy Horschel DNP T41 T15
Players in the field who have the most top-10 finishes in their last eight starts on the PGA TOUR:
Kevin Na (5) – T9 at WGC-Cadillac; T10 at Valspar; T6 at Arnold Palmer; T6 at THE PLAYERS; T10 at Crowne Plaza
Dustin Johnson (4) – Won WGC-Cadillac; T6 at Valero Texas; T6 at Masters; T8 at AT&T Byron Nelson
Jordan Spieth (4) – 2 at Valero Texas; P2 at Shell Houston; Win at Masters, T2 at Crowne Plaza