It’s been five months since Tiger Woods has teed it up at an official PGA Tour event, a streak that ends this week at the Memorial Tournament at Jack Nicklaus’ famed Muirfield Village Golf Club, which serves as tournament host for the second consecutive week. Collin Morikawa picked up the second win of his career this past weekend with a dramatic playoff win over Justin Thomas at the Workday Charity Open, a one-off tournament that replaced the canceled John Deere Classic.
After skipping out on the first five events of the season restart, which many expected him to do, Tiger Woods will return at Muirfield to once again attempt to win his 83rd PGA Tour event, which would untie him with Sam Snead to give him the all-time record on his own. And he’ll begin that quest as part of a monster threesome over the first two rounds at the Memorial.
Tiger Woods hasn’t played a PGA Tour event since finishing last at the Genesis Invitational in February
The last time Tiger Woods teed it up at an official PGA Tour event was the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club back in February, a tournament which he and his TGR Foundation host. After getting off to a nice start with a two-under round of 69, he made the cut by just a single stroke and then struggled over the final two rounds, shooting 76-77 to finish dead last for just the second time in his career.
He didn’t play again before the season was stopped following the first round of The Players Championship, opting out of multiple tournaments in which he usually takes part due to lingering back issues. The last time golf fans saw Tiger Woods on the course was when he teamed up with Peyton Manning to defeat Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in “The Match: Champions for Charity” on May 24 at Medalist Golf Club near his home in Florida, where he played very well.
Tiger Woods has won the Memorial a record five times
Tiger Woods has won the Memorial Tournament a record five times, first doing so in 1999 when he bested Vijay Singh by two strokes. He won again in 2000, the year in which he was winning just about everything, this time winning by five over Ernie Els and Justin Leonard. He racked up a third consecutive win in 2001, winning by seven over Paul Azinger and Sergio Garcia.
Woods won his fourth Memorial title in 2009, beating Jim Furyk by a stroke. In 2012, with Jack Nicklaus in his usual spot on the 18th green, Tiger picked up his fifth win, which was also PGA Tour victory No. 73, tying him with the Golden Bear for second on the all-time wins list.
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He’s part of a monster grouping the first two rounds at the Memorial
Groupings for the first two rounds of the Memorial were released on Monday and Tiger Woods is part of a dynamic trio to begin the week. Tiger will be joined on Thursday and Friday by current world No. 1, Rory McIlroy, and the former top player in the world, Brooks Koepka.
Koepka shot 74-69 at Muirfield last week to miss the weekend at the Workday Charity Open by a stroke while McIlroy finished tied for 11th at the Travelers Championship in his most recent start, his best finish since the season resumed.