Record-breaking viewership sees Tiger win fifth Memorial Tournament.
The 2012 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance took place at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on May 31–June 3. An all-star line-up and intense finish earned the final round its highest TV ratings in eight years, up 138 percent from 2011. Fans were treated to a thrilling experience, as nine past winners returned to the course: K.J. Choi, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Carl Pettersson, Justin Rose, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and 2011 winner Steve Stricker. Though Woods was four shots behind, he rallied to win his fifth Memorial title and 73rd PGA Tour victory, tying him in second place with tour founder Jack Nicklaus.
In addition to celebrating the great players of today, each year the tournament honors one of golf’s most illustrious players. This year, hall-of-famer Tom Watson—two-time winner of the Memorial Tournament—was the recipient. Watson’s 39 PGA Tour victories include two Masters, a U.S. Open and five British Open titles. Not only is his play commendable, Watson is also highly regarded for his sportsmanship and has been a passionate ambassador of the game. Watson has helped raise more than $15 million for charities, a hallmark achievement.
Founded by Jack Nicklaus in 1976, the Memorial is the Golden Bear’s way of giving back to the Ohio community that has supported him throughout his storied career. The tournament honors the great players of the past and provides charitable contributions to organizations in Central Ohio. The most longstanding benefactor is Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which provides more than $50 million in uncompensated care every year and whose relationship with the tournament spans an impressive 35 years.