Tag Archives: 2013 Memorial Tournament

Jun
5
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
A tale of two week's: Kuchar and Tiger

A tale of two week’s: Kuchar and Tiger

The Memorial Tournament is traditionally one of the hardest tests on the PGA Tour calendar, and with high winds and firm greens at this year’s edition, it once again lived up to its reputation.

How did Matt Kuchar go about winning the Memorial for his second win on Tour this year, and which statistic of Tiger Woods’ has been a concern all year, which showed up at Muirfield Village in a big way? All that and more in this week’s By the Numbers.

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Jun
2
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Tiger in the doo-doo

Tiger in the doo-doo

“Two pars–better than the start I had yesterday,” quipped Tiger Woods on the 12th tee to Zach Johnson and his caddie Damon Green, who were paired with Woods yesterday when he shot his worst score (44) for nine holes in his pro career.

There was a back-up on the 12th tee because the guys play so slow — no, just kidding — there were storms in the forecast for Sunday, so the PGA Tour sent threesomes off both tees in the final round of the Memorial Tournament.

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Jun
1
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Kuchar

Kuuuuuuuch!

On a grueling day at Muirfield Village, the swirling winds gave players fits — most notably, Tiger Woods posted the worst nine holes in his career, 44, on the back nine — but several players survived. Matt Kuchar managed to roll off five birdies on his way to a two-under 70 to take a two-shot lead over Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley. 

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Jun
1
2013
No, that's not a fist pump

No, that’s not a fist pump

Tiger Woods began his third round at the Memorial Tournament today in a comfortable, if unremarkable, tie for 43rd position. He ended it by signing for a seven-over-par 79 to leave himself a mere three shots shy of a place at the tail-end of the 73-man field.

Already a genuinely bad round by PGA Tour standards, it looks historically so when considered against Woods’ own. In fact, his opening nine (he began his round on the 10th) was the worst, in numerical terms, of his entire career!

Suddenly, Merion’s not looking like such a sure thing.

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May
31
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour


butch harmon tweet

Nick Watney shot rounds of 82-77 at the Memorial Tournament and his swing coach Butch Harmon took notice.

In fact, he tweeted about it (it has since been deleted) in the screen grab above. For posterity, he wrote: “Wow N Watney +15, didn’t see this coming. Must be having some personal problems.”

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May
31
2013
Presidents Cup captains pose with President Obama

Presidents Cup captains pose with President Obama

Fred Couples didn’t even get to play a practice round at the Memorial Tournament. Instead, he got a call from PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem that they were going to the White House to meet President Barack Obama, who will again serve as the honorary chairman for the 2013 Presidents Cup matches.

Couples, the U.S. captain for the third time, along with Nick Price, the International team captain, spent 20 minutes with President Obama in the Oval Office chatting and taking pictures.

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May
31
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
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Tiger didn’t like that one

Tiger Woods struggled with the breezy conditions at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Friday morning, particularly on the greens, with gusts up to 25mph coming into play. Woods, who leads the PGA Tour in par-5 scoring this year, made a rare double on the par-5 15th, his sixth hole of the day, after missing the green left in two.

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May
30
2013
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods starts slow in defense of title

Tiger Woods got schooled by 53-year-old Fred Couples, the oldest player in the 120-man field, in the first round of the Memorial Tournament.

“He kicked my ass,” Woods joked, following his opening one-under 71 on Thursday.

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May
30
2013
The Masters champ has retained a lawyer but doesn't plan to sue

The Masters champ has retained a lawyer but doesn’t plan to sue

The PGA Tour Player Advisory Council (PAC) gathered for an official meeting on Tuesday at Muirfield Village Golf Club to discuss the USGA and R&A’s announcement of their final decision to ban anchored putting under Rule 14-1b. Players, Commissioner Tim Finchem and other officials participated in the 90-minute meeting in person and by phone.

Finchem discussed the series of events that had happened regarding the anchoring issue since their last meeting and then players and officials also weighed in with their opinions on the imminent decree set forth by golf’s governing bodies that will be put in effect on January 1, 2016.

“Yesterday’s (meeting) was just hearing guys on the PAC’s opinion,” said Aaron Baddeley, a member of the PAC, on Wednesday. “(The PAC meeting) was more just to see what Commissioner Finchem was thinking, and what Slugger White and a couple of the other rules guys were thinking.”

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May
29
2013

Tiger at the range

Before Tiger Woods arrived in Ohio to defend his title at Jack Nicklaus’ tournament, the Memorial, he made an important pit stop in the Philadelphia area. Similar to his preparation for last year’s U.S. Open, he visited Merion Golf Club, the site of this year’s championship, for the first time on Tuesday.

He was accompanied by longtime Merion member Buddy Marucci, whom he beat in the 1995 U.S. Amateur, while he played in the pouring rain with only several onlookers. The trip was top secret, so Woods could do his work in private — just the way he likes it.

On Wednesday after he finished playing in the pro-am, Tiger, who has won four times already this season, met with the press and talked about his impressions of Merion, his feud with Sergio Garcia and his affinity for Jack’s place. 

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