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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Muirfiled Golf course: A preparation ground for the players

Jack Nicklaus is the living legend of golf. He designed the Muirfield Golf course. The course stretch over 220 acres of land with an 11 acre driving range. The course was finished in July 1972 and became the host of the prestigious Memorial Tournament since 1974. Today, the Memorial Tournament and the Quail Hollow Classic are the two top tournaments between the Masters and the US Open. The 2009 Memorial Tournament is the 34th Memorial tournament.

Many players consider the Memorial Tournament as a preparation ground for the US Open. Kenny Perry, the 2008 Memorial Tournament Champion said that he loves the course very much because the Muirfield Village course has many similarities with the course of the US Open except the fairways of Muirfield are much wider, the rough is deep and the greens are fast. Ranked the fifth toughest course on 2008 tour, the Muirfield golf course also has the highest record of cuts in one year-12 times.

Nicklaus is always trying out new things to make the course more challenging for the players but sometimes it did not go well. In 2006, the bunkers contained big furrows as they were contoured with a rake. This year, the rough is difficult but the bunkers are smooth. World’s number one golf player Tiger Woods is also going to play in the tournament. He has six-top five finishes including three wins. Kenny Perry, the defending champion of the 34th Memorial Tournament, also won three times. Other major players of the tournament are: Paul Casey, Vijay Singh, Kenny Perry, Zach Johnson, Sean Ohair, Geoff Ogilvy, Jim Furyk, and Steve Stricker.

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