The Memorial Tournament announced Wednesday its 43rd field will include Tiger Woods.
Woods, a five-time winner of the event held annually in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, hasn’t regained his once-dominant form after overcoming numerous injuries, but the 42-year-old is still able to move the needle when it comes to golf fans both hard-core and casual.
He has two top 10 finishes in eight starts on the PGA Tour this year, and Jack Nicklaus’ course northwest of Columbus has always been one where he thrived.
Also confirmed to be in the field is current world No. 1 Justin Thomas, who won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the tour player of the year last year, along with Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.
“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 in a statement. “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. Justin Thomas, meanwhile, just ascended to No. 1 in the world, and he has been playing great golf for a while now.”
One day before the real tournament gets started May 31, Woods and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will be paired together in the pro-am, which will also includePro Football Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz and LaDainian Tomlinson.