This year marks the 40th year of the Memorial Tournament, which is hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and features the world's top golfers as they compete in what is widely considered to be golf's fifth major. 2015 also marks the fifth year that Nationwide has served as the presenting sponsor of an event that shines a spotlight on our hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and benefits Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Congratulations to 2015 champion, David Lingmerth! The 27-year-old from Sweden out dueled Justin Rose in a 3-hole playoff – the longest in Memorial Tournament history – to earn his first PGA TOUR win. Lingmerth’s victory also earned him a special 3-year exemption on the Tour and invitations to play in The Masters and the PGA Championship.
Benefiting Nationwide Children's Hospital
Another big winner during Tournament week was Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which provides world-class care to every child, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
Patient Champions – children who have been or are currently being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital – had a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Tournament. Eight Patient Champions and their families were treated as VIPs during the Memorial Tournament Pro-Am, which included meeting several PGA Tour professionals, taking photos and “marking” their golf balls before playing in the Pro-Am. In addition, they were part of the Memorial Tournament’s driving range team during Sunday’s final round.
Nationwide is proud to partner with Jack Nicklaus and the Memorial Tournament because of our shared commitment to giving back to the community. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, the Memorial Tournament raised over $1.3 million for the hospital. Nationwide's Sports Marketing sponsorships, including the Memorial Tournament, will raise over $4 million for the hospital in 2015. Learn more about the Memorial Tournament.