Woods to make 1st appearance in season restart as PGA Tour plays 2nd week in a row at Jack Nicklaus' course in Dublin, Ohio
For the third time since the PGA Tour restarted its season last month, the top five golfers in the world will compete in the same tournament. This week, the event will be the Memorial Tournament, but the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking – in fact, the top nine have committed to play – won’t even be the major storyline. That belongs to Tiger Woods, who will be making his first appearance since the 2020 season reboot.
Woods announced Thursday on Twitter that he would restart his season at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the site of five of his 82 PGA Tour victories. Woods has not competed in a PGA Tour event since he shot 76-77 on the weekend to fade to 68th, last place among those who made the cut, at the Genesis Invitational in February. He teamed with former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning to defeat rival Phil Mickelson and NFL star Tom Brady on May 24 in The Match: Champions for Charity, a made-for-TV exhibition that raised $20 million for coronavirus relief.
Woods, No. 14 in the world, will be joined by Nos. 1-9 from the OWGR in the field: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed, respectively. This week will be the second consecutive event at Muirfield Village on the PGA Tour’s revised schedule.
Woods is tied with the late Sam Snead on the PGA Tour’s all-time victory list but still trails Jack Nicklaus, the Memorial Tournament’s host, for the most major championships, 18-15. Woods will be the defending champion at the Masters on Nov. 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club.
No. 7-ranked DeChambeau, the 2018 Memorial winner, won the recent Rocket Mortgage Classic. No. 8 Cantlay claimed the 2019 Memorial title. Among the top 10, only No. 10 Adam Scott was not entered.
Collin Morikawa, who outlasted Justin Thomas in a playoff Sunday to win the Workday Charity Open, also was committed to play.
Tee times were expected to be released Tuesday.
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