Crouch Set to Tee Off Thursday Afternoon in Opening Round of Memorial Tournament

Crouch Set to Tee Off Thursday Afternoon in Opening Round of Memorial Tournament

DUBLIN, Ohio - Former Florida Southern two-time All-American and back-to-back Division II individual National Champion Tim Crouch is scheduled to tee off from the No. 10 tee here at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday, June 4 at 1:49 p.m. to open play at this year's Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.

Crouch, who earned an exemption from the Captain's Club Committee to play in this year's Memorial Tournament, will be making his PGA debut at this weekend's event, which is being held 35 miles from his hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio.

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide is held annually at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. The tournament, which was founded and hosted by Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus, is conducted each year with three goals in mind: the honor the memory of individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf; to showcase the world's best golfers competing on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators; and to benefit many Greater Columbus Charities in alliance with the Nicklaus Children's Healthcare Foundation, Nationwide Children's Hospital and numerous other local organizations. 

Crouch will play in a threesome during the first two rounds of the Memorial with Andrew Putnam and George Coetzee. After teeing off from the No. 10 tee in Thursday's opening round, the threesome will tee of from the No. 1 tee beginning at 8:59 a.m. in Friday's second round.

Putnam, who is from Tacoma, Wash., comes into the Memorial ranked 358th in the latest World Golf Rankings and has played in 16 PGA Tour events this season, has made seven cuts and has had two Top 25 finishes. On the year, he has earned $251,812 and missed the cut after firing back-to-back rounds of 70 at last weekend's AT&T Byron Nelson Classic. 

Coetzee, who is from Pretoria, South Africa, plays on the European Tour and this season he has played in 14 events and has made eight cuts. On the year, he has had three Top 10 finishes, 7 Top 25 finishes and has won two tournaments and is ranked 58th in the latest World Golf Rankings. Coetzee, who has earned nearly $830,000 on the European Tour on the year, hasn't played an event since finishing tied for 26th in late November at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Television coverage of the first two rounds of the Memorial will be on the Golf Channel as they will show live coverage from 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday and will then show replays of the first round from 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. on Thursday and will replay the second round on Friday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. CBS will then show the final two rounds of the Memorial on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m. 

This year's field for the Memorial is full of top stars, including Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods.

Woods, who is a 5-time winner at the Memorial, will play with Jason Day and Patrick Reed for the first two rounds and will tee off at 8:15 a.m. Thursday from the 10th tee. 

Other noteable tee times in Thursday's opening round are:

Hole 10, 8:26 a.m. - Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas
Hole 10, 8:37 a.m. - Billy Horschel, Stewart Cink, Kenny Parry
Hole 1, 1:05 p.m.: Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker
Hole 1, 1:16 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama (defending Memorial champion), Phil Mickelson

Click here for the complete first and second round tee groupings for 2015 Memorial Tournament

As a Moccasin, Crouch was a two-time All-American, a two-time individual national champion and a two-time First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference performer. He is one of eight Mocs in school history to have won an individual national championship. In fact, he is one of just three Division II golfers all-time to win back-to-back individual national title and one of four to win multiple national championships. 

Crouch comes into the Memorial Tournament playing some very good golf as he recently made it through the first stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open last week at Kinsdale Golf and Fitness Club in Powell, Ohio and will compete in the U.S. Open Sectional qualifier one day following the final round of the Memorial on June 8 in Columbus, Ohio.

Despite playing in his first-ever PGA Tour event at the Memorial, Crouch does have experience playing on the national stage as he has competed in four USGA National Championships and also played in several prestigious national amateur championship events.  

As an amateur, Crouch, who turned professional this past fall, played in the U.S. Amateur twice, the U.S. Public Links Championship and the U.S. Junior Amateur. In addition, he also played against an elite field of amateur golfers during the summers while playing for Florida Southern, including posting Top 10 finishes at both the Porter Cup and the Sunnehanna Amateur. 

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