• At No.172 in the world, will be desperate for a strong showing
• No Rory, but 15 of the world's top 25 are in action this week
THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT | TIGER WOODS
Tiger Woods returns to action for the first time since the Players Championship as he looks to catapult himself up the world rankings with a much-needed strong performance at the Memorial Tournament.
The 39-year-old has fallen to world No.172 – sandwiched between Prayad Marksaeng and Jaco Ahlers – but will be featuring at Muirfield Village GC as he ups his preparations for the US Open at Chambers Bay in two weeks.
Woods was at the venue for the 115th US Open earlier this week, scouting a course which has received very mixed reviews so far, and he’ll be looking to get into shape at the Memorial in an event he has won five times – most recently in 2012.
Aside from Tiger Woods, 15 of the world’s top 25 are in action at the Jack Nicklaus-hosted tournament, which is renowned for attracting one of the strongest fields aside from the majors or WGC events.
Masters champion Jordan Spieth will be teeing it up for the fifth time in six weeks, Rickie Fowler is back in the US following his T30 finish at the Irish Open, while Jason Day will hope to have fully recovered from the dizziness which forced him to withdraw from last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson.
Phil Mickelson will be hoping to follow up his impressive T4 showing at the Wells Fargo Championship last time out, while Justin Rose – whose first PGA Tour win came at the Memorial in 2010 – is one of only three Englishmen in the field alongside Tommy Fleetwood and Andy Sullivan.
Fresh from his Irish Open experience, where he missed the cut by two shots, British Amateur champion Bradley Neil will be featuring, and he’s joined by fellow Scots Martin Laird and Russell Knox.
Featured groups (local times)
8.15am – Jason Day, Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods
Day missed the cut at the Players after a second round of 81 – comfortably his worst of the season – but does have a win under his belt this season at the Farmers Insurance Open. As does Reed, who won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, while Woods is looking for his first win since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.
8.26am – Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas
Rose kick-started his career on the PGA Tour with a win at the Memorial in 2010 and won just five weeks ago at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Masters champion Spieth has two wins and three runner-up finishes to his name this year, while Haas is also enjoying a fine season, winning the Humana Challenge and finishing fourth at the Players.
1.16pm – Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson
Fowler is unlikely to face the same conditions which forced him to finish quadruple-bogey, triple-bogey in the third round of the Irish Open last week as he plays his first PGA Tour event since victory at TPC Sawgrass. Matsuyama secured his one and only PGA Tour win at the Memorial Tournament last year, while Mickelson will be hoping for a strong showing as he pursues a career grand slam at Chambers Bay in two weeks.
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