Great news, golf fans! No, not another Twitter fight between Koepka and DeChambeau, I’m talking about the announcement that Tiger Woods will be back for next week’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, where Woods is a five-time winner. The Memorial will be the second tournament in a row held at Muirfield after this week’s Workday Open kicked off this morning at the Ohio course. Woods announced the news with a very simple message on Twitter:
I’m looking forward to playing in the @MemorialGolf next week. I’ve missed going out and competing with the guys and can’t wait to get back out there.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) July 9, 2020
We last saw Tiger swinging the clubs in his televised charity event, The Match, with fellow golf star Phil Mickelson as well as NFL legends Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The Match also represented the first time the public saw Woods on a course since February. After getting out to a good start to his PGA season, Tiger sat out the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the PGA Championship with mild back tightness. At the time, his agent told Golf Digest that “the back just not ready. Nothing concerning, just not ready.”
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Tiger did say originally that he was planning to play the now-rescheduled Masters, so with the extended rest and how good he looked during The Match, we can expect a fully healthy Tiger Woods to join the rest of the PGA, which restarted tournament play a month ago. Tiger was looking good early in the PGA season with two top-10 finishes in his three starts, one of which was a win.
Tiger Woods has a vested interest in getting back out on the course as soon as possible. As fans know and have been following, Tiger is chasing a significant amount of history. Not only does he now have seven majors on his calendar over the next 13 months, giving him a nice slate of chances to draw closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major wins, he’s also looking to pick up another PGA Tour victory to put him at 83, one ahead of Sam Snead for the all-time Tour wins record.
In April of 2019 Tiger Woods finally got back to the top of the mountain. After an extended absence from the sport and numerous failed attempts at fully coming back, Tiger won the Masters, golf’s most prestigious and challenging tournament. The Masters win was his 15th all-time, pulling him within three of Nicklaus, and was his first in 11 years. And just like that, the record was back in play.
If all of these majors happen in 13 months, it’s going to be a fun year of golf. Here’s hoping Tiger Woods’ back holds up and he’s involved in a lot of big Sundays. Welcome back.
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