THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
Tiger Woods (remember him?) will be among those dodging the thunderstorms that seem to frequent central Ohio this time of year, but old No. 1's first start since a disappointing Players won't exactly be a subplot. For something off center screen, look for Chris Wilson, a native of Dublin, Ohio (the home of Muirfield Village), and a former Big Ten champ at Northwestern who'll be making his Tour debut. The 24-year-old is a Hooters tour player—he won the Stoneybrook West event in February—and he earned a sponsor's exemption by writing a letter that described the moment that made him want to be a golfer: watching Paul Azinger sink a final-hole bunker shot to beat Payne Stewart at the '93 Memorial.
Jack vs. Arnie, Again
How do Jack Nicklaus's and Arnold Palmer's PGA Tour--hosting courses match up? Arnie's Bay Hill has had more winners who were in the top 10 at the time of their victory (nine to eight), but Jack's Muirfield Village does better in winner's average rank (see chart). Since 1976 Memorial (22) is second only to the Players (24) in producing champs who are also major winners. Kenny Perry, who's had two majors slip through his fingers, has won the Memorial three times.
—Compiled by Sal Johnson