Tiger Woods entered The Memorial, where he is a five-time champion and will open the event as playing partner to a Super Bowl champ.
Woods, who is coming off of a strong weekend at The Players Championship, including a third-round 65 at TPC Sawgrass, said after the tournament, “I’m not that far off from winning.”
Before The Memorial gets underway, Woods will play in the May 30 pro-am event with former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
Woods closed The Players Championship with a 69 and had peers taking notice. Tom Lehman said Woods “looks like the old Tiger.” Woods agreed.
“It was just a matter of time, and this weekend was it,” Woods said.
The 43rd Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, is hosted by Jack Nicklaus May 31-June 3.
Woods won the Memorial in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2012. He last finished the tournament in 2015, when he was 71st and shot 85 in the third round.
Winning again would mean besting the top names in golf. World No. 1 Justin Thomas, Masters champion Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and defending champion Jason Dufner are confirmed for the Golden Bear’s marquee event.
“I have been so impressed with Tiger during his comeback, and as I said after last weekend, I think he is on the verge of winning for the first time in several years,” Nicklaus said in a statement announcing Woods’ commitment. “He’s been very close, and having won five times at Muirfield Village, I wouldn’t be surprised if he contended to win his sixth.”
Woods was ranked 656th in the world in January and is currently ranked 60th. The Memorial will be his ninth start this year and 16th career appearance in the tournament.
–Field Level Media