DUBLIN, OH - MAY 31: Dustin Johnson plays a shot during the pro-am round of The Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on May 31, 2017 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Hartsock: 5 players who could win the Memorial Tournament

They tee up the 42nd Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Thursday morning, with a field that includes six of the top 10 players in the world.

William McGirt is the defending champion after taking down Jon Curran in a playoff last year. The last three Memorial winners had to go extra holes to win, including David Lingmerth in 2015 and Hideki Matsuyama in 2014.

The final two rounds of the Memorial are live on WHIO-TV this weekend. Saturday’s coverage starts at 3 p.m. with final-round action starting at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Here are five players who could find themselves on top of the leaderboard at the end of day on Sunday.

1. Dustin Johnson: OK, so it’s Captain Obvious here. The No. 1 player in the world finished third last year and he’s already won three times on tour in 2017. It will be a major surprise if he’s not in the hunt on the back nine Sunday.

2. Jon Rahm: Arguably the hottest player on the PGA Tour both in talent and temperament. The rookie from Spain rocketed on the scene with a win in at Torrey Pines in January. He owns seven top-10 finishes in 11 starts in 2017.

3. Justin Rose: Nobody in the field has won more money at Muirfield Village than Rose. The 2010 Memorial champion is closing in on $3 million in career earnings in Dublin.

4. William McGirt: The 2016 winner did it in dramatic style with some magic around the 18th green last year. He kept his cool when the likes of Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy faded down the stretch. It’s interesting to note that nobody has won back-to-back titles at the Memorial since Tiger Woods won three in a row from 1999-2001.

5. Luke List: Every tournament needs a dark horse and I can’t help but put Luke on my list. This guy leads the PGA Tour in birdies. He is still looking for his first win, but two years ago nobody had ever heard of David Lingmerth and now he’s a Memorial champion.

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