Tiger Woods missed much of last season due to back injuries. He then returned in December and struggled through early February before removing himself, once again, from competitive golf. Although he returned at the Masters and posted a very respectable four rounds, he said afterward that he would not play for “a while.”
This has many concerned that he may be evolving towards playing more of a Major-Championships-only schedule, which would suck for you, me, golf fans and golf tournaments alike. And probably Tiger Woods.
However, in comments today, Jack Nicklaus (we hope) put an end to that. He reflected on talking with Tiger at the Masters.
“It’s as much conversation as I’ve ever had with Tiger,” Jack told some local reporters at an Ohio fundraising event. “We talked about a lot of things. It was good. And he said, ‘Hey, [I’ll] see you in May. I’ll be at the Memorial.’ It’ll be nice to have Tiger back.”
This is extremely exciting. For Tiger to get back to Tiger form, or anywhere near it, he simply needs to play competitive golf. Before the Masters he hadn’t finished a PGA Tour event under par in like 10 years (okay it was about a year). With this comment, we must assume he’ll play the Players (in May), the Memorial (in June) and the U.S. Open (later in June).
It’ll be nice to have Tiger back indeed.
Last time Tiger won the Memorial, in 2012, he did this.