Starts: 10th November 2022
Course: Memorial Park Golf Club, Texas
Length: 7,412 yards
2021 Champion: Jason Kokrak
Course Designer: John Bredemus 1935, with Tom Doak renovation 2019.
Tournament played here since: 2020
Type of Course: Parkland
Fairways: Wide, tree lined.
Greens: Large, Bermuda, tight grass slopes and contours waiting should you miss the greens.
Par 5's: 3rd, 8th and 16th
Water Hazards: In play on four holes.
Premium on: Putting
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
Scottie Scheffler can reclaim number one spot in the world with a win this week.
This is the 3rd time Memorial Park has hosted the event.
Jason Kokrak won with a score of -10 last year whilst Carlos Ortiz won with a score of -13 in 2020.
In the two events at Memorial Park GC, only Sam Burns has posted back to back top 10 finishes.
Kokrak was 54th in his last start before winning last year.. The runner-up, Kevin Tway, was 58th whilst fellow runner-up Scottie Scheffler was 4th. In 2020, Ortiz finished 35th in his last start prior to his win. However, that came at the 78 man ZOZO Championship which had no cut. Everyone in the top six had recorded a top 40 finish in their last start.
Kokrak was 35th whilst Ortiz was 159th when he won 2020.
Temperatures will be warm to begin the week but are forecast to drop significantly over the weekend with some possible rain on Saturday.
Cloudy with wind peaking at 8mph.
Cloudy with wind peaking at 11mph.
Showers with wind peaking at 13mph.
Cloudy with wind peaking at 10mph.
SG: Off The Tee
Kokrak ranked 14th. The top 6 in 2020 ranked 47-15-2-50-10-110 in this category. Not essential to drive the ball brilliantly this week.
Kokrak ranked 36th. The top 6 in 2020 ranked 26-71-4-37-14-78 in this category.
Kokrak ranked 20th. The top 6 in 2020 ranked 76-9-19-73-62-108 in this category. Accuracy off the tee is not essential.
Kokrak ranked 2nd. The top 6 in 2020 ranked 21-23-24-32-83-2 in this category. Strong iron play is preferred to strong driving.
Greens In Regulation
Kokrak ranked 4th. The top 6 in 2020 ranked 9-16-1-72-34-9 in this category.
SG: Around The Green
Kokrak ranked 67th. The top 6 in 2020 ranked 3-18-38-17-37-75 in this category. Not a key stat for victory this week.
Kokrak ranked 3rd. The top 6 in 2020 ranked 5-11-20-8-2-4 in this category. A hot putter is essential.
Par 3 Performance
In 2020, four of the top 6 ranked 7th or better for Par 3 Performance. Memorial Park has five par 3s and we shouldn't underestimate the importance of a strong week on the short holes.
Fast or Slow Start
Last year, Kokrak was NINE shots back at halfway and two back after 54 holes. 54 hole leader Scottie Scheffler was SEVEN behind after round one.
In 2020, Ortiz was 2nd after the first round. Three of the eventual top 6 were inside the top 8 after the opening round.
The 14th, 1st and 8th holes play as the hardest holes.
The par 5s on the front nine (3rd and 8th) played under par but note the par 5 on the back nine (16th) has played over par. Aside from the par 5s, the par 3 2nd hole usually plays easy.
"My caddie went around the front nine, he said the greens are real undulated and very firm. When you put in new bermuda, it's extremely firm and I'm assuming that's what the greens on the course are going to be like because the course is pretty much brand new. So I think it will be challenging hitting approach shots into these greens just the way they'll be bouncing and it should be a fun, exciting week." Scottie Scheffler - November 2020
"You can get into some spots where you start playing ping pong across these greens, it's brutal. Fairways and greens is definitely at a premium this week." Scottie Scheffler - November 2020
"I would say the grass is somewhat similar to the Golf Club of Houston, but the golf course is very, very different. It's a tough golf course to learn in a week. It's got a lot of undulating -- a lot of movement around the greens." Lanto Griffin - November 2020
"The golf course is good. It's a big golf course, it's long, so I mean, I think -- and you've got to be on your game. The greens got a lot of slope and undulation in them, so you've got to hit it in the right spots if you want to have any kind of look at birdie. If you miss greens, you're going to have a really tough time making pars, especially if you're in the wrong spot. So yeah, I mean, the golf course, I think it's going to play fairly difficult. It's a long golf course, you hit a lot of mid to long irons. You don't get many wedges in your hand out here." Dustin Johnson - November 2020
"I think it's the firmness of the greens more than anything else. It's very long. There were a few tees were put forward that made it a little more manageable than it was during the practice rounds; you're playing every tee right at the back. And there's a lot of holes out there from the very back tees and it becomes a very long course. So I think it's already quite long, but it's more the firmness of the greens. If you're not in the fairway, you can't really hold them, so driving becomes very important. You go drive it down there a long way so you can spin it. It's just the ability to get the ball near the hole, and the penalty for just missing on the wrong side becomes really big because the ball just rolls away. It's been a while since I've played a course on Tour that's really done that and it's great, it reminds me a lot of back in Australia." Cameron Davis - November 2020
"It's a tricky golf course, no question. It's got length, you've got to hit it in the fairway here to score and I actually scored it quite nice. I don't feel like I hit it great, but was able to get up and down when I needed to and still turn in an under-par round." Tony Finau - November 2020