Tiger’s return at the Memorial will  complete ‘Return to Golf’ for PGA Tour

Tiger Woods tweet and PGA Tour’s Instagram post

V Krishnaswamy

By the time Tiger Woods tees up next Thursday at Muirfield Village, the PGA Tour in its re-birth in the times of Covid-19 will be five events old. Yet, there is a different kind of excitement as the 15-time Major winner tweeted to confirm his participation at the Memorial next week.

The Memorial Tournament, one of his favourite events, in Columbus, Ohio, will be his first event in five months and he will have in his sights yet another record – that of going past Sam Snead’s mark of 82 PGA Tour wins.

The PGA Tour probably expected him to make re-start at Muirfield Village, which is probably why the Tour wanted the fans back from this event. However, the spread of the Coronavirus forced it to become the sixth event in a row without fans.

Maybe that could even have been the final deal-maker for Woods as he made up his mind about teeing up again. No fans, no fear of infection and a sanitised atmosphere, may all have all played in the ‘Return of Tiger’ to the ‘Return of Golf’.

Woods has an amazing record at the Memorial, where he has won five times and it will be his first event since the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles at Riviera Country Club in February and naturally it is his first start since the COVID-19 pandemic began shortly thereafter.

As for action, Woods was last seen playing ‘competitive’ golf at Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity on May 24, when he and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning beat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club.

Woods 17 starts at Muirfield Village include five wins in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009 and 2012 and he had four other Top-10 finishes in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2019. He has never missed the cut at the course, which Jack (Nicklaus) built.

Woods currently 41st in the FedExCup standings is 14th in the world rankings. He already had a win in this season and it came at the Zozo Championship in October, 2019 and it was part of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season.

As a playing captain, he led the U.S. to a come-from-behind win at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December.

He skipped the Honda Classic and did not play the Arnold Palmer Invitational did not come to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass, which was eventually cancelled after the first round due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now it is once again time for Tiger Woods to tee up.

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