Tiger Woods to play Memorial ahead of US Open

Tiger Woods will be targeting a sixth Memorial trophy

Tiger Woods will be targeting a sixth Memorial trophy

Five-time champion Tiger Woods will play in the Memorial Tournament in Ohio for what is likely to be his final event before next month’s US Open.

Woods has secured four top-12 finishes, including a share of 11th at last week’s Players Championship, in the eight events he has played since returning to the PGA Tour following spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.

“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,” Memorial tournament founder and host Jack Nicklaus said on Wednesday.

“He’s been very close, and having won five times at Muirfield Village, I wouldn’t be surprised if he contended to win his sixth.”

Woods, whose most recent victory at Muirfield Village came in 2012, has not competed in the Memorial since 2015 when he carded a career-worst 85 during the third round en route to finishing 71st.

Woods has never competed in the Memphis-based St. Jude Classic, played a week before the US Open, the May 31-June 3 Memorial is expected to be his final stop ahead of the year’s second major.

The US Open will be played June 14-17 at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York.

Memorial organisers also said Woods will be paired with former National Football League quarterback and two-times Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning during the official pro-am on the eve of the first round.

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