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Westerville Resident Jason Day Enters Memorial Tournament As Favorite

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Jason Day, the top-ranked player in the world, is a native of Australia and now lives in Westerville.

The eyes of the golf world once again descend on Dublin beginning today for the Memorial Golf Tournament.

The practice round is scheduled for Wednesday, with actual play beginning Thursday.

It’s the first time Westerville resident Jason Day goes into the Memorial as the top-ranked player in the world, and his first time playing since winning The Players Championship two weeks ago. He says his knowledge of the course gives him an advantage.

“From normal weeks to tournament weeks, the course changes,” Day told the PGA Tour. “It normally dries out a little bit.”

“With that added pressure of playing a tournament, it definitely makes the course a lot tougher.”

Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the top three in the world golf ranking, are all going to Muirfield Village for the Memorial coming off victories.

The second-ranked Spieth won Sunday at Colonial for his eighth PGA Tour victory and first in his home state of Texas.

“For me, it’s big just to take a big step and a small chunk into Jason’s lead right now,” Spieth said. “I knew there was a large gap. I had been told before last week that had I won last week (at the Byron Nelson) and this week, I still wouldn’t take over, which just speaks to what Jason has been able to do.”

McIlroy took a short break after winning his home tournament at the Irish Open last week.

Weather permitting, the Memorial wraps up Sunday afternoon.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story