I'm on location this week near Columbus, OH to watch The Memorial Tournament, a tournament Jack Nicklaus has attempted to craft into his very own Masters tournament. There's the course, a 7300-yard test with small greens, a meandering stream, hills left and right (and fore and back), and a 165-yard 12th hole over water to a diagonal, peanut-shaped green. There are the caddies, who all wear white overalls. There are the trash bags, all tents, and the course conditions - green, green, and green. There's even the name of the club at which the tournament is played - "town name" Golf Club (I guess Jack forgot the word 'National'). Nicklaus, winner of six Masters, has created a tournament that draws big fields, I'll give him that. But The Memorial is no Masters.
Heck, it may not even be a PGA Tour stop after this year… but more on that tomorrow.