This week the PGA Tour heads to "Jack's Course," aka Muirfield Village Golf Village. Considered by many to be the crown jewel of Jack Nicholas' golf course designs, this course lands on numerous top-10 lists the world over.
Located in Dublin, Ohio, Muirfield Village sits on a plot of land that Nicholas and and his father hunted rabbits on in his youth. This week, the greens will gather plenty of attention (while doling out plenty of bogies). They're some of the fastest around and go a long way in making The Memorial one of the Tour's more challenging tournaments.
Where they'll struggle:
Hole 18 - Par-4 - 444 yards
One of golf's top finishing holes, in 2011 number 18 surrendered just 43 birdies. Off the tee there's plenty of fairway to work with, but from there on out things only get more difficult. The hole doglegs slightly to the right, while climbing in elevation all the way to the green. Bunkers guard the all four corners of this sneaky quick green.
Where they'll score:
Hole 7 - Par-5 - 563 yards
While it's only reachable for the longest hitters on Tour, the double dogleg on hole 5 is arguably the best spot on the course to make a move. Your typical player (who's not trying to reach the green in two) will be angling to leave themselves on the left side of the fairway after two shots. From there the approach to the green should be relatively easy, theoretically leaving players with a birdie putt that breaks hard toward the wooded ravine on the left side of the hole.
Kent Lister is a journalist working in the Midwest. He's covered a number of PGA Tour events over the years, and has spent the better part of his life playing competitive golf. From junior tournaments all the way up to NCAA tournaments, and while organized golf has come to an end for Lister, he continues spending a disproportionately large amount of time perfecting his game. Follow him on twitter @listerkent for a complete rundown of all his previews.
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