Why Yellow Ribbons are Taking Over the 2024 Memorial Tournament Final Round

DUBLIN, Ohio — As the final round of the 2024 Memorial Tournament approaches at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Sunday, a sea of yellow ribbons will be on display as a symbol of support for a special cause.

With Scottie Scheffler leading the tournament heading into the last day, spectators and players alike are expected to participate in the ‘Play Yellow’ initiative, a joint effort between the PGA Tour and Children’s Miracle Network to raise $100 million for CMN hospitals, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, over the next five years.

The idea behind ‘Play Yellow’ stems from tournament founder Jack Nicklaus, who famously wore yellow shirts during the final rounds of tournaments, including his victorious 1986 Masters. This tribute was in honor of Craig Smith, the son of a close friend, who battled bone cancer and passed away at the young age of 13 in 1971.

To further the campaign, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus have appointed Rickie Fowler as a new ambassador for ‘Play Yellow,’ aiming to unite the golf community in supporting the 10 million children treated at local children’s hospitals annually.

Attendees to the Memorial Tournament are encouraged to show their solidarity in multiple ways: by wearing yellow attire on Sunday, purchasing special AHEAD brand or Nicklaus merchandise from the golf shop, and donating at concession stands or within the golf shop. All proceeds from these contributions will be allocated to various programs within Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

For those unable to attend the tournament but still wishing to contribute, donations can be made online at playyellow.org.

So, as the final round kicks off, keep an eye out for the influx of yellow ribbons at Muirfield Village, symbolizing a community coming together to make a difference in pediatric care. Let’s tee off for a cause and support the ‘Play Yellow’ movement!

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