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World #1 Luke Donald
Outside of the Majors, it is very rare to find most of the world’s top 50 players teeing it up at the same event.
One could also include the Players, WGC, Arnold Palmer’s stop at Bay Hill and Jack Nicklaus’ other event at PGA National, but it is typically the Majors or big-money, limited-field events that attract the best players.
With the importance of other tours around the world, it is difficult for an average Tour event to gather together the talent on display this week.
Even Bubba Watson is at the Memorial, playing probably his only tune-up before the United States Open at Olympic in San Francisco later this month.
Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley are grouped together for the first couple of rounds. Not only are Donald and McIlroy No. 1 and 2 in the world, respectively, but you have two-time defending European PGA champion Donald, current PGA champion Bradley, and defending US Open champ McIlroy—what a trio.
CBS will be giddy to see any combination of those three paired up late Sunday afternoon.