Nationwide supports the communities where we live and work. That’s why we’ve been working with Nationwide Children’s Hospital for more than 60 years to help them achieve their mission. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has always been the primary charitable benefactor of the Memorial.
The Memorial tournament 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. 2016 is the 6th 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, which provides world-class care to every child, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
We congratulate last year's champion, David Lingmerth, from Sweden, who 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
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 2006, the Nationwide Foundation pledged the largest gift in its history, granting $50 million to the hospital, and over the last two years, gifted the hospital with an additional $20 million in grants to establish and support the Nationwide Pediatric Innovation Fund. And since partnering with the Memorial in 2011, together Nationwide and the Memorial Tournament have raised nearly $8 million for Nationwide Children's Hospital.
At Nationwide, we're more than a business. Making a difference in the lives of children and their families is something that we've held most important since our beginnings in 1926. Learn more about the Memorial Tournament.