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Is Memorial Golf Tournament different in some way?

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    Every PGA tournament I've watched so far this year has at least 1 of the top 5 world ranked golfers right at the top of every leader board. Most of the time leading, or sharing a lead. But this Memorial tournament you have to scroll down on the leader board just to start to see some names you recognize, like Johnson, Day, Mickelson, Rory. And then scroll wayyyy down to see Jordan Spieth.

    Granted Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are only 3 and 4 shots out of the lead respectively, going into the final day. Still, makes me wonder, is there something about Memorial that's different from other PGA tournaments?

    Do they not care to win it as much, so they (top ranked guys) approach it like a glorified training exercise? Or is it just a easier course, and a crowded field of talented guys all by design crowd the top? I mean -15 through 3 rounds for top spot means the course has to be on the easier side, as far as pros are concerned.

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    Is an odd one. Rickie Fowler didn't even make the cut. Speaking of rankings compared to current Memorial leader board positions, it does look strange. The top 5 in golf are:

    #1 Jason Day - tied for 11th at -11.
    #2 Jordan Spieth - tied for 58th at -4.
    #3 Rory McIlroy - tied for 21st at -9.
    #4 Bubba Watson - tied for 67th at even PAR.
    #5 Ricky Fowler - didn't even make the day 2 cut.

    I haven't heard of any reason for Memorial to be different than any other PGA tournament. You get points for winning. Can't imagine the top guys thinking it's cool to slack off here.. I think it's just one of those times where they are all just having off weekends, on the whole. Day just might make a jump run for it on the final round though. We'll see. 4 shots out.

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    joetemple Wrote:

    Every PGA tournament I've watched so far this year has at least 1 of the top 5 world ranked golfers right at the top of every leader board. Most of the time leading, or sharing a lead. But this Memorial tournament you have to scroll down on the leader board just to start to see some names you recognize, like Johnson, Day, Mickelson, Rory. And then scroll wayyyy down to see Jordan Spieth.

    Granted Dustin Johnson and Jason Day are only 3 and 4 shots out of the lead respectively, going into the final day. Still, makes me wonder, is there something about Memorial that's different from other PGA tournaments?

    Do they not care to win it as much, so they (top ranked guys) approach it like a glorified training exercise? Or is it just a easier course, and a crowded field of talented guys all by design crowd the top? I mean -15 through 3 rounds for top spot means the course has to be on the easier side, as far as pros are concerned.

    Joe - Serious question but do you know about the Memorial tournament and what it is? I don't think you'd ask this question if you did. To answer your question YES there is something different...it's one of the premier events on tour after the majors! It's Jack Nicklaus' tournament. It's a coveted win by all players. Definitely not a glorified training exercise! A win gets players a 3 year exemption as apposed to 2 years with normal PGA tournaments. It's an Invitational tournament with a reduced field of players invited.

    The top players in the world don't always have to play great and the talent in the field means just about anyone has a shot any week.

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    dom18pars Wrote:

    Joe - Serious question but do you know about the Memorial tournament and what it is? I don't think you'd ask this question if you did. To answer your question YES there is something different...it's one of the premier events on tour after the majors! It's Jack Nicklaus' tournament. It's a coveted win by all players. Definitely not a glorified training exercise! A win gets players a 3 year exemption as apposed to 2 years with normal PGA tournaments. It's an Invitational tournament with a reduced field of players invited.

    The top players in the world don't always have to play great and the talent in the field means just about anyone has a shot any week.

    I really didn't know any of that. Thanks, that's what I was looking for. I have just lately gotten into following leader boards and PGA events. So, much to learn.