This week we are in Dublin, Ohio, AKA ‘Jack’s place’, for The Memorial Tournament that starts on Thursday. On the European Tour we are off to Hamburg for The Porsche Open, which does not start until Saturday and ends on Monday!
The Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village has had a complete revamp since last year. Jack Nicklaus has overseen the redesign that he originally sculpted in 1974. It was considered to be one of the hardest courses on the tour and I see no reason why that will not be the case again. It is a par 72 and is 7,543 yards in length.
The renovation of the course has seen 140 trees added and the course is circa 100 yards longer. Also more bunkers have been added. There is plenty of water in play . The greens are Bentgrass and as they are new they should be firm. The rough is Kentucky Bluegrass .
The weather is usually a bit cloudy but in the 80’s temperature wise. Wind is expected some days.
Accuracy is crucial I would say. It should be a ball strikers paradise and a second shot golf course. Jon Rahm is the defending champion.
The Porsche European Open
Is to be played at the Green Eagle golf course complex, near Hamburg in Germany. Due to Covid restrictions in the home country the tournament will be over 54 holes and run Saturday to Monday. Golfers, caddies etc are not allowed to enter the home country until Friday and so there will be little time for practice. The tournament is usually played later in the year. The course is a par 72 and is 7,544 yards in length. So long .
The fairways are fairly generous and so bomber friendly. The greens are large and true. There is plenty of water dotted around the course. You need to navigate your way around this course. The temperature should be mid 70’s and wind should not be an issue. We are likely looking at a winning score of circa 12 under par. Paul Casey is the defending champion from 2019.
Our initial selections are detailed below.
Good luck Martin