PGA Tour First Look: the Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide Insurance

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As we creep tantalizingly closer to the U.S. Open, the PGA Tour makes a pit stop at Muirfield Village this week for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. One of the most iconic of Jack Nicklaus’ designs, Muirfield is a 7,352 yard par 72 track. This is a course that shows up on Tour every year and has played host to numerous big events since its inception in 1974.

You know who (Tiger Woods) will be defending his 2012 title this week after picking up his fourth victory of 2013 at the PLAYERS Championship. Last year, Woods came from four shots back with some incredible shot-making over the last several holes to secure the 73rd win of his career.  He’s won here five times in his illustrious career and has a legitimate chance to make it six wins when this week is over.

This is traditionally one of the strongest fields for a non-major or WGC event that the players will see all year. Two of the main reasons for that are the course itself, as well as the proximity of this event to the U.S. Open. There are 17 of the top 25 golfers in the world signed up to compete this week and there will be eight golfers with more than 12 career wins each teeing it up. As you can see, this field is loaded with talent. Tianlang Guan will be playing on a sponsor exemption, while Kenny Perry will bring his three career victories here in an attempt at a fourth.

I hate to jump on the bandwagon but I were asked to take Woods or the field this week, I’m going with Tiger.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.