For years, Columbus native Jack Nicklaus dreamed of creating a golf tournament that would represent his passion for the game and give back to a community that has embraced him. In May of 1976, the Memorial Tournament was first played at Muirfield Village Golf Club, on land once walked by Nicklaus as a boy.
It was Nicklaus' desire to create a tournament that would remember and honor the great golfers of the past, and those individuals who built the foundation to a game that today is played and enjoyed by millions around the world. He wanted this tournament to "give back" in the form of charitable contributions to organizations benefiting needy adults and children throughout Columbus and Ohio. Thus, The Memorial Tournament was born.