Golf Rankings for the Memorial Tournament
Jonathan Byrd [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #114
Byrd has taken off since the calendar turned to May with three straight finishes of 12th or better. At the Memorial he’s missed three of the last five cuts, but owns a T3 from 2009 and a T7 last year. The recent string of solid play should allow Byrd to add another strong performance to his checkered history at this course.
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #35
Since finishing T8 at the Memorial in 2009, Els hasn’t done much in the event he won back in 2004. However, he’s had a number of moments this season with three top-fives in his last seven starts. He’s far from a sure thing though as Els has also missed two of his last four cuts.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #18
Schwartzel has competed at the Memorial in two of the last three years, finishing T22 and T27. He began his stateside schedule with a pair of top-fives back in early March, but hit the skids from there. Schwartzel would miss two cuts prior to a disappointing T50 in his title defense at the Masters. The South African has rebounded since with three straight worldwide finishes inside the top-20.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Prior to missing the cut at the Byron Nelson, Scott has finished 17th or better in each of his four stroke play events this season with one top-10. The Australian collected top-fives in 2006-07 at the Memorial, but has only made two starts at the site since. Scott finished T33 in 2010, but skipped this event last year.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #23
Prior to finishing T27 at the Masters, Bradley was among the most consistent players on Tour. Since that time he would miss two straight cuts and finish outside of the top 20 in his the last two starts. He still ranks seventh in total driving and first in All-Around Ranking, but is a risk given the current slump.
Kevin Na [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #161
Over his last seven starts, Na has finished inside the top 15 on five occasions. He hasn’t competed at the Memorial since 2009, but is playing well enough to warrant consideration.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #10
In three career starts at the Memorial, Day has yet to record a top-25 finish. This season he’s scored two top-10s in his last three events, while missing the cut at THE PLAYERS.
Geoff Ogilvy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #150
From 2007-09, Ogilvy collected three straight top-10s at the Memorial, but finished T41 the following year and skipped the event in 2011. This season, the Australian has finished 21st or better five of his last seven starts, but is still searching for his first top-10.
Ben Curtis [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #103
In the midst of a career renaissance Curtis owns a streak of four straight finishes of 13th or better with three top-fives. He ranks first in strokes gained – putting and finished T13 at the Memorial last year.
Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #34
After three straight top-three worldwide finishes, Oosthuizen abruptly missed two cuts until rebounding last week with a T19 at the Colonial. The South African has never competed in the Memorial and his erratic performances make him difficult to trust.
Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #30
Since 2007, Moore has three top-10s and a pair of top-fives at the Memorial. This season, he’s registered three top-10s in his last six events.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11
Johnson will be making his first start since March due to a back injury. While he finished a career-best fourth at the Memorial last year, it is wise to taper your expectations for DJ’s first action in quite some time.