SPORTSPUB: The Memorial Recap

The Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, was supposed to be Jon Rahm’s tournament to win. He got first place at this event in 2020 and was cruising with a six-stroke lead after 54 holes in 2021 before being forced to withdraw after a positive COVID test. 

 

Billy Horschel didn’t get the memo about Rahm winning in 2022, as he cruised to a four-shot victory for his seventh career PGA Tour win. This was the first time in three weeks that a tournament wasn’t decided via a playoff, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t tons of drama still. 

 

Horschel Gets the Win 

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Horschel was two shots back entering Saturday but was firing on all cylinders with a 7-under 65 to climb all the way to a five-shot lead over Cam Smith and Aaron Wise. Horschel held on with an even-par 72 on Sunday to get the win – at one point this weekend going 50 holes without a bogey. 

 

Horschel won the event at -13, while Aaron Wise finished second at -9, with Joaquin Niemann and 2021 winner Patrick Cantlay tying for third at -7. 

 

Rahm With a T10

 

Rahm had dominated this course the last two years, and although he did finish in a tie for 10th and took home a cool $327,000, something still seems off with the World #2. Rahm’s most memorable – perhaps infamous – moment of the weekend was when he threw his club towards his bag, and it almost struck a woman following the group. 

 

Hadwin Hole in One 

 

One of the rowdier moments on Friday came when Adam Hadwin aced the #16 hole with a 7-iron from 194 yards out. What followed was a club throw and a joyous celebration that Hadwin admitted he “blacked out during.” His wife tweeted that it was the most excited she’d ever seen her husband as he’d go on to finish the round at 68 and the tournament at T18 for a $142,800 payday. 

 

Matsuyama DQ 

 

Hideki Matsuyama had his weekend cut short after getting disqualified on Thursday for illegal markings on his three wood. Matsuyama won the Memorial in 2014 but was sent home at the turn on Thursday for paint-like markings on the face of his three wood that apparently breached PGA protocols. 

 

DeChambeau, Morikawa Miss Cut

 

Bryson DeChambeau returned this weekend after wrist and hand injuries, but he was done after 36 holes while shooting a 76-77. He hadn’t played in 55 days, but the injury and rust were obvious. Somebody who didn’t have an excuse was Collin Morikawa, who lost in a playoff here last season and also won at Muirfield Village at a one-time event in the COVID 2020 season. Morikawa shot a 77 on Friday, and his weekend was done as well. 

 

Na More 

 

One of the biggest news events to sweep through Muirfield Village Golf Club on Saturday was that of Kevin Na announcing his decision to leave the PGA Tour. Na – the 19-year vet – is competing in the inaugural LIV golf tournament in London next week and reportedly isn’t happy with the tour demanding golfers “pick a side” that they can’t be in both organizations.

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