2014 Memorial Tournament | Local Knowledge

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Matt Kuchar is the defending champion of the Memorial Tournament, which takes place this week at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
By T.J. Auclair, Senior Interactive Producer
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This week, the PGA Tour is in Dublin, Ohio, to visit the home of Jack Nicklaus -- Muirfield Village -- for the Memorial Tournament.

One year ago things were even busier than usual in Dublin, as Muirfield Village played host not only to the Memorial, but also the Presidents Cup later in the year, making it the only course to have hosted the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup.

While the tournament will be without five-time winner Tiger Woods this year as he continues to recover from a recent back surgery, defending champ Matt Kuchar and a number of other Tour stars will be on hand.

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Before the tournament tees off on Thursday, we took a few moments to catch up with Muirfield Village PGA Head Professional Larry Dornisch for a little Q&A.

PGA.com: Matt Kuchar is your defending champion. Can you talk to us a little about his game? You'd be hard pressed to find a player on Tour more consistently solid than him.

Dornisch:
He has been a great champion. He's such a great player and good guy. Every week he is in contention which means the Memorial Tournament is being mentioned.

PGA.com: Muirfield Village is typically in the top 5 among most difficult courses on the PGA Tour. What is it that makes it so difficult?

Dornisch:
The shot values on every hole are the best. There is not a weak or makeup hole out here. Every hole has the potential to be a birdie hole with a good shot, or bogey or worse with even the slightest mishit.

PGA.com: Last year was an incredibly busy one for you all at Muirfield Village. Just a few months after hosting the Memorial, you then hosted the Presidents Cup. What was that experience like?

Dornisch:
We have the best staff in the business. We were busy, but it's actually fun to work with so many capable people. We are all very proud of Muirfield Village Golf Club, and everyone works very hard at a high level.

PGA.com: Do you have a personal favorite moment playing Muirfield Village?

Dornisch:
It's always the Wednesday when all the Memorial Captains are here. It is such an accomplished group of men and women who have done so much for the game that having them around is very humbling.

PGA.com: What's the best advice you'd give to a 10 handicap getting ready to play Muirfield Village for the first time?

Dornisch:
Stay out of the bluegrass rough! Whether off the fairway or around the green it is extremely difficult to play out of.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.