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Good news, Tiger fans.

The 15-time major winner has announced that he will be returning to the PGA Tour at next week’s Memorial Tournament. 

Woods, a five-time winner of the event, will make his first start on the PGA Tour since the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in middle of February, where he finished 68th.

A back injury caused him to missed several events he was expected to contest, including the PLAYERS Championship in March, before the coronavirus pandemic forced the season into an abrupt and unexpected lockdown. 

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The 43-year-old has not featured in any of the five PGA Tour events since that hiatus ended last month, although he did take part in a made-for-TV charity matchplay event with Phil Mickelson, as well as NFL superstars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, in May. The former world No.1 appeared to show no ill effects from injury as he and Manning took down the Mickelson-Brady partnership. 

In a tweet posted this afternoon, Woods confirmed his decision to play at Muirfield Village next week:

Woods won the tournament for the first time in 1999, holding off Vijay Singh to claim his ninth PGA Tour title. He subsequently won it in 2000, 2001, 2009 and, most recently, in 2012. 

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Tiger is only one win away from breaking Sam Snead’s long-standing record of 82 PGA Tour victories, a mark he equalled with his win in the ZOZO Championship late last year. 

Having started the year in sixth place on the Official World Golf Ranking, his inactivity over the past several months has caused him to slip to 14th. He is currently 41st on the FedEx Cup standings.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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