Officially, the event is called the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the place is Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on the northwest corner of Columbus.
It’s better known as Jack’s place.
And that’s what it is.
His place, which helps explain why it annually draws one of the strongest fields of the year and why without having any special designation like World Golf Championship events the Memorial occupies its own place in professional golf’s hierarchy.
Simply put, it’s special.
Perhaps as much as any place in golf belongs to a person, the Memorial and Muirfield Village Golf Club belong to Jack Nicklaus the way Arnold Palmer and Bay Hill felt at times like one in the same.
Take what is embodied in the club and the tournament, which date back to the mid-1970s, and all of it comes back to Nicklaus, who has shepherded, massaged and invested a significant part of his heart and soul into this place and this event.
He has done it for his hometown, for the game and for the needy who benefit from ...
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