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Great field this week with Tiger, Bubba, Phil and Rory. Here are the notable groups for the first two days
Justin Rose/Hunter Mahan/Steve Stricker: This group features the last two winners of the Memorial Tournament in defending champion Steve Stricker and Justin Rose, who leads the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and has momentum after finishing second in England last week. Hunter Mahan, who stands second in the FedExCup, is one of two two-time winners in 2012 after winning the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and Shell Houston Open.
Phil Mickelson/Rickie Fowler/Bubba Watson: Watson, who won the Masters 10 days after becoming a father, is playing for the first time since defending his title in New Orleans a month ago. Fowler, who picked up his breakthrough victory earlier this year at the Wells Fargo Championship, was runner-up at Muirfield Village in his 2010 debut. In his last seven starts at the Memorial, Mickelson, who was recently inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame,has finished 20th or better six times.
Tiger Woods/Bill Haas/Fred Couples: Woods is a four-time Memorial champion, winning three straight after Fred Couples picked up his only victory at Muirfield Village in 1998. Both he and Haas, who won the Northern Trust Open earlier this year, played for Couples as the U.S. won the Presidents Cup in Australia last November and are vying for another spot on America’s Team — this time, at Muirfield Village — in 2013.
Rory McIroy/Luke Donald/Keegan Bradley — Donald and McIlory will be vying for the No. 1 spot the Englishman regained with his win at the BMW Championship on Sunday. McIlroy, on the other hand, has missed his last two cuts but should be confident at Muirfield Village with top-10s in his two starts. Bradley, the reigning PGA champ, already has three top-10s and 10 top-25 finishes in a solid sophomore season, losing in a playoff at the Northern Trust Open.