Woods books accommodation for Memorial, say sources

Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:51pm EDT
 
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By Andrew Both

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has made accommodation plans for the Memorial tournament in Ohio, sources have told Reuters, suggesting the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event could mark the former world number one's PGA Tour return from back surgery.

Although Woods has made no commitment to the Memorial, and his plans remain fluid as he rehabilitates his body, it makes sense that he would want to compete in at least one tournament before the year's second major, the U.S. 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 U.S. Open.

Woods entered the U.S. 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 skips the two PGA Tour events in north Texas that follow, suggesting that the Memorial is the most likely comeback venue, assuming his recovery continues on schedule.

His agent, Mark Steinberg, did not immediately respond to an email requesting confirmation of his client's Memorial accommodation booking.   Continued...

 
Tiger Woods watches his shot after teeing off on the 2nd hole in the final round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, in this file photo taken August 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports/Files