With the U.S. Open on the horizon, the 2012 Memorial Tournament is one of the best warm-ups the players could ask for as they approach the second major of the season.
The pressure will be intense, but look to a player like defending champion Steve Stricker to make a run at the tournament win at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Where: Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, OH
When: May 31 - June 3
Watch: CBS and The Golf Channel
Full Television Schedule
All Times EST (times courtesy MemorialTournament.com)
Thursday, May 31: Golf Channel—3:00-6:00 p.m.
Friday, June 1: Golf Channel—3:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 2: Golf Channel—12:30-2:30 p.m., CBS—3:00-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 3: Golf Channel—Noon-2:00 p.m., CBS—2:30-6:00 p.m.
Notable Trio Tee Times for 2012 Memorial Tournament
|7:53 a.m.||Brendan Steele||Vijay Singh||Trevor Immelman|
|8:04 a.m.||Carl Pettersson||Webb Simpson||Charl Schwartzel|
|8:15 a.m.||Kyle Stanley||Mark Wilson||Jason Day|
|8:26 a.m.||Kevin Na||Angel Cabrera||Mike Weir|
|12:10 p.m.||Chris Couch||Briny Baird||Ricky Barnes|
|12:43 p.m.||Ben Crane||Lucas Glover||Geoff Ogilvy|
|12:54 p.m.||Hunter Mahan||Justin Rose||Steve Stricker|
|1:05 p.m.||Rickie Fowler||Bubba Watson||Phil Mickelson|
|1:16 p.m.||Scott Piercy||K.J. Choi||Stuart Appleby|
|1:27 p.m.||Scott Stallings||Nick Watney||Jonathan Byrd|
|7:31 a.m.||Boo Weekley||Billy Mayfair||Brendon de Jonge|
|7:53 a.m.||Bo Van Pelt||Davis Love III||John Senden|
|8:04 a.m.||Luke Donald||Rory McIlroy||Keegan Bradley|
|8:15 a.m.||Tiger Woods||Bill Haas||Fred Couples|
|8:26 a.m.||Aaron Baddeley||Jim Furyk||Camilo Villegas|
|8:37 a.m.||Gary Woodland||Rory Sabbatini||D.A. Points|
|1:05 p.m.||John Huh||Johnson Wagner||Louis Oosthuizen|
|1:27 p.m.||Charley Hoffman||Ernie Els||Stewart Cink|
(h/t Golf and Course)
Players to Watch
The defending winner of this event and a winner in 2012, Steve Stricker has been quietly putting together a solid past year. If he finds his stroke early, there is no doubt Stricker could win this tournament again.
After winning the Shell Houston Open and finishing 12th in the Masters, Hunter Mahan hasn’t had great success. With a solid track record at the Memorial, Mahan will be a factor on Sunday.
There is hot and then there is Bubba Watson hot. With three top-five finishes in his last five tournaments, including winning the Masters, Watson has a chance to win every tournament he enters.
Prediction: Steve Stricker
While there are many stars that could steal the show this weekend, there is not a player that has the better inside lane to a win than the former champion Steve Stricker.
If Stricker can keep his scores consistent, he will be in a position to make a run for the Memorial Tournament title.
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