Spectator’s Guide To The 2023 Memorial Tournament At Ohio’s Muirfield Village Golf Club

Written By Mike Breen on May 30, 2023
2023 PGA Tour Memorial Tournament

The eyes of the golf world are on Ohio this week as the Memorial Tournament returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, just outside of Columbus.

The Ohio PGA Tour event begins Thursday, June 1 and concludes with the final round on Sunday, June 4.

Hosted by Ohio native and golf icon Jack Nicklaus, this is the Memorial Tournament’s 48th edition.

The Memorial Tournament is one of 17 “designated events” on the PGA Tour this year. The PGA established designated events in 2023, increasing the prize money payouts to help ensure that more of the world’s top-ranked players will play the major PGA tournaments.

This year the Memorial Tournament, the first designated PGA Tour event since the PGA Championship in mid-May, has a $20 million purse (one of the PGA’s biggest), with the winner receiving $3.6 million.

Whether you’re planning on attending in person, watching from home or betting on the event through an Ohio sportsbook, here’s a guide to the 2023 Memorial Tournament, including odds, ticket info and broadcast details.

Tournament held at Jack Nicklaus-created Muirfield Village Golf Club

Located about 20 minutes from downtown Columbus, Muirfield Village Golf Club and the Memorial Tournament were both created by golf legend Nicklaus.

Muirfield Village is named after Muirfield, Scotland, where Nicklaus won his first Open Championship in 1966, the first of his three career grand slam titles.

Right around that time, a young Nicklaus began developing his vision of bringing a PGA Tour-worthy golf course to his home state. In 1967, Nicklaus began purchasing the land for the course, which he also designed. Muirfield Village Golf Club opened in 1974.

The course at Muirfield Village is regularly updated, with Nicklaus helping to direct the remodeling. The course underwent one of its most extensive renovations ever in 2020.

In Golf Digest’s most recent list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Muirfield Village ranked 17th.

Muirfield Village awarded online and retail sportsbook licenses

Muirfield Village Golf Club is one of five businesses in Franklin County that have been awarded a license to operate a retail sportsbook. The golf course is the market-access partner for betPARX Sportsbook, allowing the company to operate its online sportsbook statewide. BetPARX is also the exclusive mobile sports betting sponsor of the Memorial Tournament.

But don’t go looking for a sportsbook on the Muirfield Village grounds. While Muirfield Village Golf Club was granted a retail sportsbook license, in February Dan Sullivan, executive director of the Memorial Tournament, told PlayOhio they were still exploring where and when Muirfield Village might open a sportsbook. But, he said, there were “no plans to establish a retail sportsbook on Muirfield Village Golf Club property.”

Memorial Tournament boasts prestigious history

In 1976, Muirfield Village Golf Club hosted the first Memorial Tournament. According to the event’s website, the Memorial was created “to honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf.”

Each year, the tournament honors a different legendary golfer. This year’s honoree is Larry Nelson. The Memorial raises money for several local charities, in association with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation and the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation.

Over the years, the Memorial has been won by the likes of Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Fred Couples and Tiger Woods, who is a five-time Memorial champ.

Odds for the 2023 Memorial Tournament field

Last year, U.S. golfer Billy Horschel won the Memorial Tournament, his seventh PGA Tour title.

Horschel is back to defend his title at this year’s Memorial, but he faces stiff competition and is far from one of the favorites. BetPARX Sportsbook currently has Horschel with +12500 odds to win the tournament this year.

The field for the 2023 Memorial Tournament features the world’s top five players.

The No. 1 golfer on the Official World Golf Ranking, the U.S.’s Scottie Scheffler, is currently the favorite to win the 2023 Memorial Tournament at the majority of sportsbooks. Scheffler is coming to Muirfield Village after tying for third this past weekend at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas. (Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo won the Charles Schwab Challenge. Grillo is not competing at the Memorial this week.)

DraftKings Sportsbook, Tipico Sportsbook, BetMGM Sportsbook and betPARX Sportsbook all have Scheffler with +600 odds of winning the Memorial.

Sportsbooks are also giving good odds to win the tournament to Spain’s Jon Rahm (world no. 2) and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (world no. 3). BetPARX has odds for Rahm (who won the 2020 Memorial Tournament) to win this year at +700 and odds for McIlroy to win at +1400.

The U.S.’s Patrick Cantlay, No. 4 on the Official World Golf Ranking, has better odds at betPARX Sportsbook (+900) than McIlroy to win this year’s Memorial Tournament. That could be because of his success at Muirfield Village. Cantlay won the Memorial in 2019 and 2021.

Fellow U.S. golfer Xander Schauffele (world no. 5) has the fourth-best odds (+1100) at betPARX to win the Memorial this year.

Other Memorial Tournament markets besides the overall winner are being offered by many sportsbooks. BetMGM Sportsbooks allows bets on things like winning margin (i.e. one stroke, two strokes, etc.), whether or not there will be a hole-in-one and whether or not there will be a play-off.

At betPARX Sportsbook, among other markets, you can bet on which players will finish first and second. Scheffler and Rahm, in either order, are currently favored at +6000.

Memorial tickets available at Muirfield Village

Online ticket sales closed with the start of the Memorial Tournament’s practice rounds on May 29. So, unless purchasing from a ticket reseller, the best way for ticket-less patrons hoping to attend is to make their way to Muirfield Village.

Daily tickets are not available. To attend you must purchase a Weekly Patron Badge for $240, while supplies last. (A ticket to attend the practice rounds on May 30 and 31 is available for $50.)

Weekly Patron Badges are sold at the Main Entrance Gate, the 6th Tee entrance and at the Memorial Patron Will Call located at 6085 Memorial Drive. Badges can also be purchased at the Memorial Tournament Golf Shop, a pop-up shop located inside the North Market Bridge Park at 6750 Longshore St.

Free “junior tickets” are available tournament week at all entry gates for kids 18 and under with a ticketed adult.

Parking for the Memorial Tournament

Reserved, pre-paid parking is no longer available, but parking is available for free at the following nearby public lots:

  • 6th Tee Lot at 10555 Dublin Road off State Route 745/Dublin Road
  • Ashbaugh Lot off Brand Road, east of Muirfield Drive.
  • Columbus Zoo at 4850 Powell Road. Free parking is available at the zoo beginning at 7 a.m. Complimentary shuttles run continuously to and from the main entrance gate at the Memorial.

Limited on-street parking is available on Muirfield Drive, north of Whittingham Drive.

More info for PGA Tour patrons

  • Gates open at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday and at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Food and drink areas are located throughout the course.
  • No outside food or drink is permitted.
  • Devices must be on silent at all times. No flash photography is allowed.
  • The Memorial is a cashless event. All concessions and retail purchases require a credit or debit card.
  • If you’re up for some fun after play has finished on Friday and Saturday, the Memorial Tournament sponsors Fore!Fest in downtown Dublin, about a 10-minute drive from Muirfield Village. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday along Bridge Park Avenue, the street festival features live music and several local vendors.

Watching the Memorial Tournament at home

If you’re planning on staying home but would like to keep track of all of the action, the 2023 Memorial Tournament will be broadcast on the Golf Channel and CBS. Here’s the broadcast schedule:

Thursday, June 1

2-6 p.m.: Live First Round Coverage (Golf Channel)

Replays on the Golf Channel 7-11 p.m. and 12-4 a.m.

Friday, June 2

2-6 p.m.: Live Second Round Coverage (Golf Channel)

Replay on the Golf Channel 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Saturday, June 3

12:30-2:30 p.m.: Live Bonus Third Round Coverage (Golf Channel)

2:30-6 p.m.: Live Third Round Coverage (CBS)

Replay on the Golf Channel: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. and 3-7 a.m.

Sunday, June 4

12:30-2:30 p.m.: Live Bonus Final Round Coverage (Golf Channel)
2:30-6 p.m.: Live Final Round Coverage (CBS)

Replay on the Golf Channel: 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and 2:30-6 a.m.

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Mike Breen covers Ohio’s budding sports betting industry for PlayOhio, focusing on online sportsbooks and the state’s responsible gambling initiatives. He has over two decades of experience covering sports, news, music, arts and culture in Ohio.

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