Who will win the Memorial?

Originally Published: May 26, 2008

This week's Memorial, hosted by Jack Nicklaus, always brings a great field out of respect for the living legend. But will one of the seven players ranked in the top 10 in the world win the U.S. Open warm-up? To see whom our experts picked this week, take a look below.
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The Memorial predictions
Bob Harig
ESPN.com contributor
Jason Sobel
ESPN.com golf writer
John Antonini
Golf World senior editor
Ron Sirak
Golf World executive editor
Horse for the Course Jim Furyk. The 2002 champion has never missed the cut in 12 appearances and has three top-five finishes. Will he win? No. Will he make the cut? Probably not. But of all players in this week's field with more than three career starts at Muirfield Village, David Duval owns the highest average finish, thanks to four top-threes in five years at the end of the last decade. Rod Pampling played well enough to win at Colonial last week. After a T-3 at Memorial last year, this could be the week he does come out on top. K.J. Choi: Winning Jack's course was special for Choi. He will always have positive vibes here.
Birdie Buster Kenny Perry. A two-time winner of the tournament, Perry has seven rounds in the 60s in his past 16 appearances at Muirfield Village, including a final-round 63 last year. Geoff Ogilvy is fresh off a T-7 on a course, Colonial CC, that seemingly doesn't play to any of his strengths. It took 23 weeks to find a second multiple champion this season, but Ogilvy could earn win No. 2 of 2008 at Jack's place. Jim Furyk has never missed the cut at Memorial. The champion back in 2002, Furyk also has three other top-10s at Muirfield Village. Sergio Garcia. There seems to be something building in the guy. This will be his first tour event since winning the Players Championship.
Super Sleeper Sean O'Hair. This will be just his fourth appearance in the event, but O'Hair has gotten better each year. The winner of the PODS Championship in March tied for fifth last year at Jack's place. He's steadily inching his way off the sleeper list, but against a world-class field, Steve Marino is still very much flying under the radar. A final-round 66 at Colonial boosted him 32 spots on the leaderboard. Matt Kuchar had a fine week at Colonial (T-9) and was T-13 at Memorial a year ago. Ben Curtis. A home game for a guy still trying to prove that 2003 British Open wasn't a fluke.
Winner Phil Mickelson. Lefty is on a roll and had posted consecutive top-10s at the Memorial before withdrawing with a wrist injury last year. A victory would match him with Tiger Woods with three PGA Tour wins this year. The Memorial champions' list has resembled a who's who of ball-strikers in recent years, so let's add another one this time around. Luke Donald is coming off a Sunday 65 at Wentworth, which means more than a mediocre track record at this event. Kenny Perry has come close a couple of times in recent weeks and the two-time Memorial champ's last round at Muirfield Village was a nifty 63 a year ago. Ernie Els. The 2004 winner gets ready for the U.S. Open with a victory.