Spieth, Day and McIlroy set for Muirfield battle

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Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are set to contest the Memorial Tournament as the high-quality field heads to Ohio.

With three wins this year, world number one Day resumes his PGA Tour season with the trip to the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Spieth is fresh from a win at the Colonial Country Club, while McIlroy found some form with a win on his last start.


RED-HOT TOP THREE

That the world's top three ranked golfers are in fine form is set to make for good viewing just weeks out from the U.S. Open.

Day has three victories in 2016, including a wire-to-wire win at his last start - the Players Championship.

Spieth claimed his first win since January by taking out the Dean & DeLuca Invitational with a strong finish at Colonial.

As for world number three McIlroy, he secured his first win of the year with his victory at the Irish Open.


FAST GREENS EXPECTED

The 7,366-yard, par-72 course was built by Jack Nicklaus and early signs are that very fast greens are expected. That could make it tricky for players, but mostly decent weather is also forecast.


SPIETH WITH POINT TO PROVE

The American has admitted to being bothered by Day's recent success and move above him to the top of the world rankings.

Having won on Sunday, Spieth gets a chance to show he is still the main man on tour and get one over his rivals heading into the year's second major.


LINGMERTH BACK FOR MORE

Swede David Lingmerth outlasted Justin Rose in a three-hole play-off to triumph at Muirfield last year.

That win was Lingmerth's first and only on the PGA Tour, and he has been grouped with Day and Jim Furyk for the first two rounds. The group to watch includes McIlroy and Spieth.


DAY'S MUIRFIELD STRUGGLES, MCILROY'S ENJOYMENT

Day has finished no better than tied for 27th in seven starts at Muirfield.

Unlike Day, McIlroy has enjoyed quite the record at the course, with three top-15 finishes throughout his career.


DAY KEEN TO MAKE AMENDS

"I know this has been a tough tournament for me," he said.

"I think my best finish is tied for 27th or something like that, which is horrific, and it's my home course. So that makes it even worse."

Lingmerth, meanwhile, is confident in his title defence.

"I love the way this rough is and everything. I feel really comfortable," he said.

"So it's too early to say how it's all going to pan out, but my game is where I want it to be or close to. So I don't see why I couldn't play really good this week and maybe defend this title again."