Where to watch your favorite golfers take on the Memorial Tournament
Tiger Woods at the 2012 Memorial Tournament
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May 27 - June 2
Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin
You’ve got a choice when attending the Memorial Tournament that returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club from May 27 through June 2. You can wander aimlessly over roughly 7,400 yards trying to glimpse a few also-rans—or you can find an up-close vantage to watch top players hit the shots that will make or break their round. Here are three great places to post up from longstanding volunteers who know the grounds like pros.
No 14: Secret Spot
The tee on this hole is “a great place to get close to the players,” says 15-year volunteer Tom Vinci, because fans can watch their favorite players putt on 13, then tee off on 14. “From that spot, they’ll be standing right next to you, talking to their caddies.”
No 7: Eagle Eyeing
Grab a spot to the right of the green to see pros make a rare eagle attempt, says Ken Rodgers, a 12-year tournament volunteer. “This is a 583-yard hole, and they’re making [the green] in two strokes, so they’re really pounding the ball,” he says.
No 15: Sky View
The hill that separates the 15th green from 16th fairway also gives observers clear views above the crowd, Rodgers says. “I’ve seen balls ending up in someone’s lap, inside an open purse and under chairs,” he adds.
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Columbus native and PGA player Ben Curtis will tee up with golf’s finest at the Memorial this month for his 11th entry in the Dublin tourney. The 2003 British Open champ estimates he’s played the Muirfield course 60 times. While he insists every hole is “playable,” No. 14 strikes him as one of the trickiest. “It’s a hole that, on paper, you should make birdie half the time,” he says, adding it’s sloped left to right with a creek on one side and bunkers on the other. Miss it left and you’ll need a great shot to get to the green. Too far right and you’re in the water. “It’s a great hole because a lot can change on it,” Curtis explains. “I would say 14 is now the biggest game-changer.”