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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 196
A S FAR as hot fields go, this week’s Memorial Tournament is as close to boiling point as it gets outside of a major. Every one of the world’s top five golfers will be there – Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler – along with 16 more of the world’s top 30 players. Phil Mickelson will return after missing last year’s event, Dustin Johnson is fronting up, as is Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed and a host of other big names. Jack Nicklaus’ tournament shapes as a classic contest and one of the year’s most fiercely contested events. But will any of the players who have designs on saluting at Oakmont Country Club in a couple of weeks actually want to emerge on top? On date proximity alone, the Memorial should be the best possible sighter for US Open form. Given many of the world’s top players will bypass the FedEx St. Jude Classic on the eve of the Open in order to prepare for the year’s second major, this week’s event at Muirfield Village will be their final chance for a competitive hitout as they chase major glory. Problem is, historically speaking, Memorial success means you can all but put a fork in that player’s chances two weeks later. It’s been a poisoned chalice if ever we’ve seen one. Only once in the past 10 years has the Memorial winner gone on to finish in the top 10 at the US Open. And that was Tiger Woods in 2009, so you could argue that it took the GOAT, still at the peak of his powers, just to get anywhere near ending the hoodoo.
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