By KURTIS ADAMS
ThisWeek Staff Writer
The induction this year of JoAnne Carner and Jackie Burke Jr. brings the number of Memorial Tournament honorees to 51.
Carner won 43 times on the LPGA Tour and remains the last amateur to win with a victory in the Burdine's Invitational in 1969. Her first as a professional came the next year in her rookie season, and she dominated on the LPGA Tour throughout much of the 1970s and early 1980s. A three-time Player of the Year, she's also a member of the LPGA and World Golf halls of fame.
Carner won the U.S. Women's Open in 1971 to become the only player to sweep the sport's top three national titles, which also include the U.S. Girls' Junior and the U.S. Women's Amateur. She won the U.S. Open again in 1976.
Burke won 17 times on the PGA Tour, which included four consecutive events in 1952. His two major championships both came in 1956 when he won The Masters and PGA Championship.
Burke played on five Ryder Cup teams and posted a 7-1 record. He served as the U.S. captain twice and led the Americans to a victory over Europe in the 1973 matches at Muirfield, Scotland. Also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, he was an honorary captain for the Ryder Cup in 2004.
"There is no higher honor that I know of," Carner said in a release after the Captain's Club announced her selection during last year's tournament. "When you look at the wall of fame of the others that have been honored at the Memorial, it's really impressive."
Carner is the ninth female golfer to be enshrined. The most recent was Louise Suggs in 2007. Glenna Collett Vare was the first in 1982.
•MORE ON MUIRFIELD - The British Open will be returning to Muirfield in 2013. The famed course on Scotland's east coast is where Jack Nicklaus won the first of his three British Open titles in 1966, and the Memorial founder eventually named Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin after it.
Muirfield will be playing host to the British Open for the 16th time overall but first since 2002.
That year, Ernie Els hoisted the Claret Jug after winning a four-man playoff, and Tiger Woods shot a 10-over-par 81 during the third round to post his highest score as a professional. Woods had won the first two majors in 2002 and was trying to become the first player to win all four in the same season.
The British Open was first played at Muirfield in 1892.
•WHERE ARE THEY NOW? - Tom Lehman, who carded four consecutive 67s to win the Memorial in 1994 and set the tournament record for low score at 20-under 268, teamed with Bernhard Langer to win the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour late last month in Savannah, Ga.
Lehman, who turned 50 on March 7, became the 13th player to win in his Champions Tour debut.
Keith Fergus, the 1981 Memorial winner, won the Champions Tour's Cap Cana Championship in late March.
•TWITTER AWAY - Memorial officials this year began releasing player commitments and other tournament news via Twitter and Facebook. The full Memorial field will be established Friday.
"The growth of social networks on the internet provides us with a new and unique communication platform that will hopefully allow us to reach out and connect to a new generation of golf fans," tournament director Dan Sullivan said.
Carner, Burke Jr. set to be honored at tournament
By KURTIS ADAMS