We have another familiar course this week for the Memorial Tournament as the Tour makes its way to Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The course is a Par 72 that plays just a shade under 7,400 yards. The golfers will contend with 13 water hazards and 73 bunkers as they make their way around the course. The greens are bentgrass / poa annua, and the greens will be running fast at 13 feet on the stimpmeter. Last year, Muirfield played as the 13th most difficult course on Tour at +0.797 to par. There are opportunities to make some big numbers as the course featured 3 of the Top 50 most difficult holes on tour last year.
Past Five Winners
Off the Tee
Muirfield is definitely a second shot course which typically places a premium on accuracy off the tee. As you can see in the table below, Driving Distance is all over the place through the different finish categories. Since 2003, only five winners have finished in the Top 25 of Driving Distance. On the other hand, only two winners have finished outside of the Top 25 of Driving Accuracy in that same timeframe. Of the 82 golfers who’ve finished in the Top 5 at this tournament, 70 (85%) have gained strokes off the tee. Winners have typically tended to be more accurate than long off the tee, but combining the two is always ideal when gaining strokes from the tee box. Golfers that finished in the Top 25 of Strokes Gained: Off The Tee average 9.4 more DK Points than those who don’t. Target SG: OTT over both distance and accuracy.
The importance of hitting greens at this course can’t be understated. 92% of Top Ten finishers at this event have gained strokes on approach. Top Ten finishers that lost strokes on approach were bailed out by their putters, gaining an average of nearly seven strokes putting. Cut-makers have averaged almost 64% of greens in regulation hit. Golfers who finish the week in the Top Ten of Strokes Gained: Approach average 18.1 more DK Points than those who don’t.
Around the Green
Gaining strokes around the green might be good for performance from a golf perspective, but for DK Scoring it doesn’t mean a ton. Golfers that finished in the Top Ten of Strokes Gained: Around the Green only score about four more DK Points than those who don’t.
Other Stats to Consider
Approach Shots (150-175 Yards & 175-200 Yards)
Par 4 (450 – 500 Yards)