EARLY US OPEN PREP FOR TIGER
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.
Woods(left) will be a favorite at The Memorial.—