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2020 Memorial: Tiger Woods pairs up with major firepower

In his return to the PGA Tour, Woods will be grouped with multi-major winners Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka for 2 rounds

23: Number of major championships among Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who will be paired together for the first two rounds of this week’s Memorial Tournament. The PGA Tour announced four featured groupings ahead of Thursday’s start at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The tournament will represent Woods’ first appearance in an official event since the season was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Woods, whose 82 PGA Tour victories include 15 major championships, most recently the 2019 Masters, will seek to break his tie with the late Sam Snead and take the Tour’s all-time lead in victories. He should feel comfortable in his surroundings at Muirfield Village, where he has won five times, most recently in 2012. McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, is a four-time major champion who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Koepka, an American, also is a four-time major winner, including last year's PGA Championship, but is coming off a missed cut at last week’s Workday Charity Open, which also was played at Muirfield Village. In another featured group, 20-something Americans Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay will be paired together. The trio represents the three most recent winners at Muirfield Village: Morikawa on Sunday in the inaugural Workday Charity Open, Cantlay at last year’s Memorial and DeChambeau at the 2018 Memorial. The other spotlight pairings will feature Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Shane Lowry, and Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Dustin Johnson. Tee times are expected to be announced Tuesday.

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