Patrick Cantlay outshone a star-studded field in a week Matt Kuchar embroiled himself in more controversy at the Memorial

The Memorial report: What happened at Muirfield Village?

Patrick Cantlay’s finally returned to the PGA Tour winners’ circle after a series of brilliant finishes, including a top-10 at the Masters.

The American hunted down 54-hole leader, Martin Kaymer, with some stunning play on Sunday on his way to a closing 64.

Momentum was building from the very beginning and with five birdies in his opening nine holes, Cantlay was in prime position to take advantage of a faltering Kaymer – although his round did feature some brilliant up-and-downs.

His back-nine followed suit and featured three birdies and even more flawless golf, which included some brilliant putting.

His previous win came at the 2017 Shriners Open in which he beat Alex Cejka and Kim Meen-whee in a playoff.

The Memorial report: Talking points

Matt Kuchar once again grabbed the headlines in the early stages of this week’s event, and unfortunately, it was again for the wrong reasons.

The American has been enjoying a successful season in terms of his golf, but that’s about as far as it goes.

Earlier this year, he was at the centre of controversy linking to his payment of a local caddie that he had employed for his win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, which eventually led to this statement.

Fast forward to Thursday’s first round at the Memorial and we found Kuchar involved in a rules debate.

The World No. 12 found the fairway with a tee-shot but after one bounce, his ball came to rest in an existing pitchmark.

The first referee was called in as Kuchar believed he was entitled to a free drop due to his ball being embedded, but as the official rightly states, it was not his pitchmark and therefore he is not entitled to any sort of relief.

Kuchar requested a second opinion and this led to the introduction of a second referee who gave exactly the same answer and showed professionalism when standing his ground and enforcing the rules.

The situation was bizarre and the American’s argument seemed rather unjustifiable.

NCG’s Mark Townsend takes a closer look and explains why β€œMr Nice Guy” Kuchar’s reputation is at an all-time low.


Aside from the inevitable talk of Tiger teeing it up at the Memorial this week, it was Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas who really produced the talking points early in the week.

As the US Open draws ever closer, the world’s best will have one eye on Pebble Beach in two weeks time.

The USGA has received a fair amount of criticism following recent US Opens, particularly in relation to course setup. Rory spoke about the organisation with and element of empathy but also brutal honesty.

The Northern Irishman who won the event in 2011 acknowledged that mistakes do happen, but also mentioned that if the USGA cannot rectify their mistakes this year, then β€œthere could be a problem.”

JT also weighed in on the subject and spoke of how he still feels frustrated by the organisation and their course setup a the US Open.

The American has openly criticised some rule changes and believes that players must continue to speak out on issues that they are not happy with.