Woods ends 5-month Tour absence with Memorial return

Tiger Woods is ending a five-month competition absence to tee it up in this week’s Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.

Woods is a five-time winner of the event and will be competing for the first occasion in official competition since hosting February’s Genesis Invitational in suburban L.A.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods tied Sam Snead’s PGA Tour win record in Japan last year (Credit: PGA Tour)

Woods did play on May 24th in the Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity at his ‘home’ Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the @MemorialGolf next week. I’ve missed going out and competing with the guys and can’t wait to get back out there,” tweeted Woods to his 6.5 million followers.

Joining Woods at the Memorial will be current World No. 1 Rory McIlroy along with World No. 2 Jon Rahm and major champions Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, who won the 2010 edition of the Memorial.

“I’ve always enjoyed Muirfield. I’ve always tried to play at Jack’s events. What he’s meant to the Tour and he’s meant to all of us has players, I’ve always tried to support his events and I just happened to play well on his golf courses too,” Woods said in 2018.

“Whether it’s here or most of the Nicklaus Design courses that we play, I seem to play them well. But this one in particular is very special to him, it’s very special to us as players. Obviously because of what he’s done to the golf course, but more so what he’s meant to us as players.”

These latest commitments strengthen the Memorial’s world-class field that already includes Jason Day, who finished inside the top-10 on Sunday at the same course, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson, all owners of major titles.

The 2020 Memorial Tournament is part of the PGA Tour’s adjusted tournament schedule due to the Coronavirus pandemic and, in short, means ‘no spectators’ for a sixth straight week since the Tour restarted on June 11th in Fort Worth.

Woods, 44, will be making his 18th appearance in the prestigious invitational Tournament hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. His scoring average of 70.25 is tied for third best at the Memorial, and he is No. 1 in total earnings with $5,373,205.

The long-time World No.1 has recorded victories in two of his last seven starts at Muirfield Village Golf Club, most recently in 2012 when his incredible shot on the 70th hole, a chip-in birdie at the par-3 16th hole, vaulted him to his 73rd PGA Tour victory, which ironically tied the Golden Bear on the all-time list.