The Memorial Tournament Cut-Line

Last Modified Jun 6, 2024 19:20 GMT

In 1976, Jack Nicklaus founded the Memorial Tournament, an event on the PGA Tour. The Memorial Tournament is played on a Nicklaus-designed course at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, north of Columbus. Muirfield Village, a large community where the golf course winds through, is home to a 1999 bronze sculpture of Nicklaus mentoring a new player in the wide Muirfield Drive middle.


With a limited field of only 120 players, the Memorial Tournament is one of only five events designated as 'invitational' by the PGA Tour. Because invitational tournaments are exempt from using the PGA Tour Priority Ranking System to fill their fields, they can choose which players are eligible to compete in their event with greater freedom than full-field open tournaments. Invitational tournaments also typically have smaller fields.


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What is the cut-line for the Memorial Tournament?

There are 120 players on the Muirfield Village Golf Club greens, and they get to play if they make the cut and the criteria are:

  1. Winners of the Memorial in the previous five years or before 1997

  2. The Players Championship and the major victors of the previous five years' championships

  3. Arnold Palmer, the Tour Championship and World Golf Championships Invitational champions for the previous three years

  4. Winners of previous year's tournaments

  5. Playing for the most recent teams in the United States, Europe, the United States Presidents Cup, and the International Presidents Cup (non-PGA Tour players that qualify in this category are deducted from the pool of unlimited sponsor exemptions)

  6. Previous year's US Amateur champion

  7. Previous year's British Amateur champion

  8. The competition chooses up to four athletes from the top earners across the other five Federation tours.

  9. 14 sponsors exemptions: 6 members not otherwise exempt, 6 unrestricted, and 2 from among the Korn Ferry Tour Finals grads

  10. Official World Golf Ranking's Top 50 as of the Friday prior to the competition

  11. Top 70 from the FedEx Cup points list from the previous year.

  12. Members of the PGA Tour whose non-member FedEx Cup points from the previous season (apart from WGCs) would have positioned them in the top 70 of the FedEx Cup points standings as of the Friday prior to the competition.

  13. Previous year's Jack Nicklaus Award winner for college player of the year

  14. The remaining spots filled in rotation between the FedEx Cup point lists from this year and last year

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What is the history behind the Memorial Tournament?

Jack Nicklaus spent the majority of his early years in the Columbus area. The golf course he designed in Muirfield Village, north of Columbus, held the first Memorial Tournament two years after it opened in May 1974. The par-72 course measured 7,072 yards (6,467 metres), which was lengthy for the mid-1970s.


Jack Nicklaus announced during the 1966 Masters Tournament that he intended to create a worldwide championship inspired by the rich tradition and history of golf. Furthermore, he requested that charitable contributions be made by the event to Columbus, Ohio-based organisations that support children and the impoverished. The primary charitable benefactor of the tournament is Nationwide Children's Hospital.


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FAQ's On Memorial Tournament Cut-Line

A. Viktor Hovland won the Memorial tournament in 2023.

A. Every year, the Memorial Golf tournament takes place at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus.

A. Tiger Woods leads the leaderboard with five incredible victories, including titles in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, and 2012. 

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