Golf: Tiger Woods Likely To Return in June
Former world number one golf player, Tiger Woods could return to the PGA Tour after a back surgery, as he confirms accommodation plans for the Memorial tournament in Ohio.
Although Woods has made no commitment to the Memorial, and his plans remain fluid as he rehabilitates his body after a back surgery, it makes sense that he would want to compete in at least one tournament before the year’s second major, the US Open.
The Memorial tournament, to be played from June 2-5 on the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, a suburb of state capital Columbus, is held two weeks before the US Open.
Woods entered the US Open before the April 27 deadline, though his registration does not obligate him to play.
The deadline for regular PGA Tour events such as the Memorial is the Friday before the first round.
Woods is believed to have also made proactive accommodation plans for the May 12-15 Players Championship in Florida, though that might be a little too soon for his return.
He routinely skipped the two PGA Tour events in north Texas that followed, suggesting that the Memorial was the most likely comeback venue, assuming his recovery continued on schedule.
His agent, Mark Steinberg, did not immediately respond to an email requesting confirmation of his client’s Memorial accommodation booking.
Woods, 40, is a five-time Memorial winner, though his most recent memory there from last year was not a good one as he shot 85 in the third round.
He has won 14 major championships, and it would be a nice touch of symbolism, should he make his comeback at the tournament hosted by Nicklaus, the only man with more major titles (18).
Woods has not competed anywhere since the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina last August.