Woods to play Me­mo­rial ahead of US Open

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

LOS ANGELES: For­mer world num­ber one Tiger Woods has com­mit­ted to play in Jack Nicklaus’s Me­mo­rial Tour­na­ment later this month as he ramps up his prepa­ra­tions for the US Open, tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers con­firmed Wed­nes­day.

A state­ment said Woods, a five- time win­ner at Me­mo­rial, had added the May 31- June 3 tour­na­ment to his sched­ule along with newly-minted world num­ber one Justin Thomas.

Tour­na­ment founder and host Nicklaus wel­comed Woods’ re­turn to the event at Muirfield Vil­lage Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The 14time ma­jor champion last played the tour­na­ment in 2015.

Nicklaus said he be­lieved Woods, who has made a comeback to golf this sea­son af­ter miss­ing most of the pre­vi­ous two years through in­jury, is close to claim­ing a tour­na­ment vic­tory.

“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. — AFP

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