DUBLIN, Ohio — It is a tradition like no other.
And it’s not even the Masters.
It’s the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golfing Club, exactly where the players are as drawn to the hand-designed milkshakes in the clubhouse as they are to legendary founder and tournament host Jack Nicklaus.
The to start with Memorial was played in 1976 and won by Roger Maltbie, who defeated Hale Irwin in a playoff and took house the $40,000 winner’s test. Recognizing Maltbie’s love for meals and beverage, he certainly downed a number of milkshakes alongside the way throughout the week.
Because ’76, when Nicklaus came up with the principle centered on “giving the fellas whatsoever they’d like,’’ the milkshakes have develop into all the rage at Muirfield Village.
“It just occurred,’’ Nicklaus advised The Submit. “We generally tried out to take treatment of most people and somebody decided, ‘How about a milkshake?’ ’’
Apart from no just one was inquiring that question past 7 days all through the Workday Charity Open occasion that was performed at Muirfield Village.
By style and design of the PGA Tour, no milkshakes were made through the Workday function out of deference to the treats currently being reserved as section of the Memorial Match tradition.
The only milkshake that was made during Workday event 7 days was at the really end, when 23-year-aged Collin Morikawa, who’d under no circumstances been to Muirfield Village right before, was handed one together with the winner’s trophy and $1.12 million check out on the 18th green after he defeated Justin Thomas in a scintillating 3-gap playoff.
“That was planned,’’ Nicklaus said. “One milkshake all 7 days — to the winner.’’
Morikawa, who’d read about the Muirfield milkshake tradition and was dissatisfied that they weren’t becoming served, was taken aback when he was specified a single on the 18th green.
“It was the ideal-tasting milkshake I’ve at any time experienced,’’ Morikawa advised The Submit. “They experienced it right guiding my trophy. I read from every person I performed with or practiced with about the milkshakes, and they did not have them final 7 days. I was waiting around for one particular this week [at the Memorial]. So, it was a surprise to get a single at 18. It is likely the most effective thing I could have experienced, since I was definitely hungry and thirsty following that playoff.
“I’d heard all about the custom. When I first stepped on house, the locker home guys were expressing, ‘Oh, sorry, no milkshakes this week.’ I’ve presently experienced a couple this week.’’
In accordance to Nicholas LaRocca, the common supervisor of the club for the past 23 several years, the Buckeye, which is a mix of peanut butter and chocolate flavors, is the “No. 1 favorite’’ among the what he explained as the “infinity’’ of flavor mixtures.
“It commenced in 1976, and it trapped,’’ LaRocca advised The Write-up. “From there in the world of golfing, we’re identified for getting the very best milkshake on the PGA Tour. It is grow to be a Muirfield Village tradition. The gamers love the milkshakes all week. The only way you get a milkshake is if you’re a club member, a participant or have obtain to the clubhouse through the tournament 7 days.’’
Morikawa explained he experienced “no clue’’ a milkshake would be component of the privilege of victory final Sunday.
“It was the a single they produced all week, so I was pretty, pretty fortunate to have it,’’ he stated.
Morikawa stated his preferred taste of Oreo, but the Buckeye he was provided on Sunday was “awesome.’’
“I like the Buckeye, but I’m a vanilla malt male,’’ he explained. “That was my lunch nowadays — a vanilla malt milkshake.’’
LaRocca stated the selection of milkshakes built through tournament 7 days is “one of those categorized merchandise we continue to keep tucked less than the vest, just an inside amount for us to have some enjoyment with.’’
Nicklaus claimed that each and every match calendar year “we’ve exceeded 1,000 through the week.’’
That is what created very last 7 days this kind of a tease for the gamers in the Workday discipline who’ve performed Memorial in advance of.
“The [PGA] Tour requested us not to do the milkshakes last 7 days, to continue to keep it a Memorial 7 days custom, keep the two weeks completely individual — like the golfing study course problems ended up various, the milkshake tradition was diverse,’’ LaRocca claimed. “A large amount of the men wanted the milkshakes last week, so our joke all 7 days was, ‘Well, enjoy very well on Sunday.’ ’’
Moriwaka did just that, and it added immensely to the spoils of victory.