EARLY US OPEN PREP FOR TIGER

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS -

LOS AN­GE­LES— For­mer world No. 1 Tiger Woods has com­mit­ted to play in Jack Nick­laus’ Memo­rial Tour­na­ment later this month as he ramps up his prepa­ra­tions for the US Open, tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers con­firmed on Wed­nes­day.

A state­ment said Woods, a five-time win­ner at Memo­rial, had added the May 31 to June 3 tour­na­ment to his sched­ule along with newly-minted world No. 1 Justin Thomas.

Tour­na­ment founder and host Nick­laus wel­comed Woods’ re­turn to the event at Muir­field Vil­lage Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The 14-time 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.

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Woods(left) will be a fa­vorite at The Memo­rial.—

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